The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 4, 2020


Upcoming National Defense Transportation Association-U.S. Transportation Command Fall Meeting Offers a Comprehensive Virtual Agenda

By Michael P. Kleiman, USTRANSCOM Public Affairs

Occurring virtually October 5-8, 2020, the National Defense Transportation Association-U.S. Transportation Command Fall Meeting offers a comprehensive agenda for participating U.S. military, government, and industry logisticians that consists of 80 interactive courses, three roundtable discussions, and five keynote presentations focused on the present and future of defense logistics.

“Innovative and Disruptive…20/20 Vision for The Future” serves as the apropos theme for the eighth-annual, co-sponsored conference. […READ MORE…]


Projecting Power Through Logistics

Congressman Rob Wittman, (R-VA01), Representative for Virginia 1st Congressional District in the US House of Representatives, provided a video message for attendees of the Surface Port Projection conference held virtually July 29-30, 2020.

The conference was presented by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CNU CAS), in collaboration with the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). The theme of this year’s conference was Enabling Dynamic Force Employment Through Global Port Readiness.  […READ MORE…]


Partner News

DLA Helps Small Businesses Support Military, Nation During Pandemic

By Beth Reece, DLA Public Affairs

From gowns, gloves and pharmaceuticals for the USS Comfort and Mercy to decontamination systems for medical workers’ N95 masks, America’s small businesses are helping meet the nation’s demand for COVID-19 supplies.

“We can rely on our small companies to stand toe-to-toe with us, to help the American public overcome something most of us haven’t seen in our lifetimes,” said Dwight Deneal, the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Director of Small Business Programs.

Of the 12,000 companies DLA works with, about 9,000 are small businesses, according to agency data. Deneal said almost 40% of DLA’s spending has gone to small businesses so far this fiscal year although its Defense Department-assigned goal is 32.36%. He attributed the increase to greater demand for personal protective equipment from military customers, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

House Approves $1.3 Trillion Spending Package for 2021
(The Hill) The House has approved a $1.3 trillion package of spending bills for the 2021 fiscal year. The package includes the spending bills for defense; labor, health and human services, and education; commerce, justice and science; energy and water; financial services and general government; and transportation and housing and urban development.

What Will It Take to Move 12,000 Troops from Germany? Closures, Time and Lots of Money
(Stars and Stripes) Removing 12,000 troops from Germany will likely mean several base closures and cost billions of dollars for an operation that could begin in weeks but take years to complete.

NASA Hails Success of SpaceX’s 1st Astronaut Mission: ‘This is Just the Beginning’
( The success of SpaceX’s first-ever crewed mission has NASA very optimistic about the future of human spaceflight.

The Air Force’s Latest GPS Alternative: Earth’s Magnetic Fields
(Defense One) Officials just launched a public challenge to help create the artificial intelligence needed to turn the planet’s magnetic fields into readable maps.


Passengers Can Now Text Cleaning and Safety Questions Directly to United Airlines
(United Airlines) United Airlines today launched a new chat function—the United Automated Assistant—to give customers a contactless option to receive immediate access to information about cleaning and safety procedures put in place due to COVID-19.

Signals: Summer 2020
(Schuyler Line Navigation Company) Hear from Schuyler Line on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, gain insight into some exciting voyages for our fleet, and understand our position on racial equality in the latest edition of their newsletter, Signals.

CSX Publishes 2019 Environmental, Social and Governance Report
(CSX Corporation) CSX has announced the publication of its 2019 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report, highlighting the company’s sustainability performance in the areas of safety, environment, people, communities, and governance.

How to Impact Your Bottom Line Using Your Supply Chain
(Crowe LLP) There could be liquidity hiding in your supply chain. Find out how to cut costs and uncover cash in ways you might not expect.

Boeing Receives $265 Million Chinook Helicopter Order from U.S. Army Special Operations
(Boeing) Boeing recently signed a $265 million contract for nine more MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters that employees in its Philadelphia plant will assemble for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC). Boeing is now on contract for 24 of the next-generation Chinooks.


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