The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

December 14, 2021


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Thank You for Your Support of NDTA’s Annual Marine Corp Toys for Tots Toy Drive

Thank you to NDTA’s amazing members, friends, and neighbors for their generous contributions to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Collectively we were able to raise over $8,000 and a table packed with toys! Your generosity will bring great joy to many children and their families this holiday season.


“Ocean Shipping Reform Act” Passes the U.S. House of Representatives

By Eric Olsen

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Ocean Shipping Reform Act” (H.R.4996) by a bipartisan vote of 364-60 on December 8. Introduced by Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) and Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD), the reform legislation seeks to make the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) a more effective federal regulator. […READ MORE…]


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Senate Unanimously Passes Collins, King Resolution Recognizing December 18, 2021, as “Wreaths Across America Day”

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King designating Saturday, December 18th, 2021, as “Wreaths Across America Day.” A convoy of volunteers will travel from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery to lay Maine-made balsam wreaths at the headstones of American veterans interred there. […READ MORE…]


USTRANSCOM and Industry Collaborate and Share Perspectives

By André Kok, US Transportation Command Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), participated in the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C. on 9 December to provide the command’s perspective on various transportation topics and hear from industry partners. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Remember the Seafarers
(Supply Chain Management Review)  While there’s been much attention paid to how this historic gridlock is altering free markets and private enterprise, there’s been scant reporting on the dire conditions for the working crews of these ships.

As Storms Start, States Struggle to Hire Snowplow Drivers
(Transport Topics)  More U.S. drivers could find themselves stuck on snowy highways or have their travel delayed this winter due to a shortage of snowplow drivers. States across the country are having trouble finding enough people willing to take the comparatively low-paying jobs that require a commercial driver’s license and often entail working at odd hours in dangerous conditions.

New National Defense Strategy to Be Released Early 2022
(Defense One)  A new National Defense Strategy is expected to be released early next year following the release of the other strategic documents, according to the Pentagon’s top policy official.

The US Just Ended Combat in Iraq, but Thousands of Troops Will Stay Put for Now
(  The U.S. military ended its combat operations in Iraq this week under terms from an earlier agreement, though thousands of troops will remain in the country, for now, the Pentagon said Thursday.

How M&A Reshaped the Supply Chain Landscape in 2021
(Supply Chain Dive)  It was a hot year for M&A in the U.S., and supply chain deals became commonplace as companies worked to gain greater control over operations. As the year comes to an end, we look back at 10 deals that showcase the M&A trends of 2021.


FedEx Freight and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation Delivering Joy to Military Families This Holiday Season
(FedEx)  FedEx Freight is proud to help military families make memories this holiday season. Since 2005, FedEx Freight has worked alongside the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation to deliver more than 260,000 Christmas trees to military families through the Trees for Troops® program. During one of the busiest seasons to date, the company will deliver trees to a total of 77 military bases this year.

Crowley Announces 2050 Net-Zero Commitment and Activates Key Partnerships to Realize Goals
(Crowley)  Crowley has committed to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across all scopes by 2050, pursuing a path aligned with the latest climate science to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. To reach this target, Crowley estimates that it will reduce overall emissions by 4.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year, or the equivalent of removing more than 900,000 cars from the road every year.

SAP Study Finds Procurement Is Vital to Manage Supply Chain Disruptions
(SAP)  SAP SE recently released research findings that highlight the elevated role of procurement in navigating global supply chain disruptions.

DHL Operation Holiday Cheer Delivers Joy to US Troops Overseas

(DHL)  The traditional and festive holiday celebrations must continue this season—as long as they’re done safely. That’s why DHL Express will once again deliver 500 fresh-cut Christmas trees, menorahs, gifts, and other decorations, along with thousands of handwritten letters from school children, to U.S. servicemen and women stationed abroad.

ARC Supports “Atlantic Resolve” in Greece
[American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC)]  American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC) recently supported the deployment of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (1ACB) and the redeployment of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade (1CAB) on the M/V ARC Independence as part of the NATO exercises known as Operation Atlantic Resolve.


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