The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

December 13, 2023

The Source will be on hiatus for the next two weeks. We wish each of you a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.

Thank You for Supporting NDTA’s Annual Toys for Tots Drive

Thank you to all who generously donated toys and monetary gifts for our 15th annual NDTA Toys for Tots drive! Through the gift of a new toy, the Marine Toys for Tots Program helps bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children. […READ MORE…]

Official Says 2023 Was ‘Most Transformative’ for DOD in Indo-Pacific

By Jim Garamone, DOD News

This has been the most transformative year for U.S. force posture in the Indo-Pacific in a generation, according to Ely Ratner, assistant defense secretary for Indo-Pacific security affairs. Even with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Hamas attack on Israel, terror attacks in the Red Sea and more, DOD has concentrated on the “pacing challenge” for the United States – China, he told the Defense Writers Group. […READ MORE…]

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Extending Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) Throughout the Supply Chain: A Winter Wonderland of Coordination and Collaboration

By Stephen Dombroski, Director, Consumer Markets, QAD

In the realm of modern supply chain management, the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process stands as a crucial mechanism for achieving harmony between demand and supply. Often likened to orchestrating a symphony, S&OP ensures that every instrument in the supply chain plays in perfect harmony to meet customer demands while optimizing resource allocation and operational efficiency. […READ MORE…]


Reserve Your Spot Now for the NDTA San Francisco Bay Area Crab Feed

The San Francisco Bay Area invites you to join them for a crab feed on Friday, January 19, 2024, at 6pm. The feed will take place at the Shadelands Art Center in Walnet Creek. Advanced reservations are required.

Celebrating Holiday Troop Traditions

Not even Santa can escape the Defense Department’s radars and tracking him is only one way troops celebrate the holidays.[…READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

Looking Ahead to 2024

The Grinches Who Disrupted The Holidays, And Other Supply Chain Woes

(Forbes)  Holiday lore is filled with villains who try to turn happy times into giant lumps of coal. There was Dickens’ mean-spirited miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. Then we had the Grinch who tried to steal Christmas. And who could forget the Abominable Snow Monster who threatened a red-nosed reindeer destined to become a beacon for Santa’s sleigh? But have you heard this one – the story of an oil tanker that blocked a shipment of Sony PlayStation 2s just before the holidays?

Here are the 422 Military Leaders Finally Confirmed by the Senate

(MilitaryTimes)  After a nearly 10-month impasse over Defense Department nominations in the Senate, the chamber advanced the promotions of more than 400 officers on Tuesday, filling leadership roles across the military services.

Relief for Defense Subcontractors Drowning in a Sea of Contract Clauses

(Federal News Network)  For smaller suppliers, selling to DoD still isn’t a walk in the park – but things are getting a little simpler. Last month, the department enacted a long-awaited rule change that prohibits prime contractors from flowing unnecessary contract clauses down to their subcontractors. 

House Panel Advances PIPES Act, Targeting Pipeline Safety

(Transport Topics)  Legislation designed to boost safety and efficiency along pipeline systems to improve supply chain connectivity was approved Dec. 6 by a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Promoting Innovation in Pipeline Efficiency and Safety, or PIPES, Act would authorize slightly more than $800 million over four years for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

AIT Worldwide Logistics Plans to Increase Global Footprint with Lubbers Logistics Group Acquisition

(AIT Worldwide Logistics)  AIT has entered into a binding purchase agreement to acquire Lubbers Logistics Group, a European logistics company specializing in high-value, complex, and time-sensitive transport services. The purchase will serve as a significant milestone for AIT as the company continues to expand its global reach and enhance its offerings in road transportation, freight forwarding, and project cargo logistics, particularly in the energy sector.

SEKO Logistics Partners with CakeBoxx Technologies to Provide Transformative Solution for Government, Space & Defense Industries

(Business Wire)  SEKO Logistics and CakeBoxx Technologies are teaming up! Leveraging CakeBoxx’s expertise in sustainable, specialized transport and storage solutions for high-value, high-consequence cargo, SEKO will continue to elevate its Government, Space & Defense vertical to move the most sensitive shipments to the world’s most complex areas.

AAR Announces Extension and Expansion of Alaska Airlines MRO Relationship, Expected Facility Expansion in Oklahoma City

(AAR CORP.)  AAR CORP. announced it has signed an agreement to extend the Company’s existing airframe MRO services with Alaska Airlines through 2030 and expand its heavy maintenance partnership. AAR has committed to growing its dedicated airframe narrowbody capacity to provide Alaska Airlines with a minimum of six lines of maintenance support. To support this, AAR plans to add a new three-bay hangar adjacent to its existing seven-bay facility at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, pending final approval by the Oklahoma City Airport Trust.

Massive Supply Chain Coalition Calls for Modernization of Security Screening Process

(American Trucking Associations)  The American Trucking Associations is leading the charge of more than 150 organizations representing trucking, rail, energy, organized labor, agriculture, third-party logistics providers, and other key supply chain stakeholders to urge Congress to pass the Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act. The bill aims to eliminate redundant fees and background checks for essential transportation workers.

ReloQuest Welcomes Jason Moore as VP Government Business Development

(ReloQuest Inc.)  ReloQuest recently announced the appointment of Jason Moore as Vice President of Government Business Development. A long-standing member of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), Moore currently serves as Chairman of the Association’s Long Term Lodging Committee.

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