The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

December 15, 2020


The Source will be on a break for the next two weeks. Until we see you again in 2021, thank you for all you do and have a very happy holiday season!

In the Season of Giving, NDTA Supports College Scholarships and Toys for Tots

NDTA is pleased to announce it is open season to apply for a 2021 NDTA Foundation Scholarship. Regardless of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the association continues to focus on the education and development of our Nation’s future logistics and transportation leaders! With that as our goal, the NDTA Foundation awards annual scholarships totaling, on average, over $30,000 to NDTA members and their qualified dependents. Scholarships are available for college-bound high school students, currently attending university students, and distance learning students. […READ MORE…]


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Generosity Abounds Among NDTA Members

NDTA is fortunate to have such wonderful members. While the headquarters staff gets to see and hear about our members’ generosity year-round, we wanted to take the time to share some of the ways NDTA members are supporting worthwhile causes and making the world a better place.

Spreading holiday cheer once again, DHL Express will be delivering 500 fresh-cut Christmas trees, menorahs, gifts, and other decorations, along with thousands of handwritten letters from school children, to US servicemen and women stationed abroad. […READ MORE…]


Projecting and Sustaining Combat Power at a Time and Place of the Nation’s Choosing

By Sharon Lo Managing Editor, Defense Transportation Journal and The Source

The 2020 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting took place virtually October 5-8, 2020. The event brought together more than 1,500 attendees from government, military, and industry to learn and collaborate. The theme for the meeting was Innovative and Disruptive…2020 Vision for the Future.

Keynote speaker GEN Stephen Lyons, USA, Commander of USTRANSCOM, described three basic strategic messages he often gives to audiences at events like the Fall Meeting. First, with 85 percent of the force elements stationed in the Continental United States (CONUS), America’s ability to project military power on a global scale anywhere in the world at a time and place of our choosing is a strategic comparative advantage. This is USTRANSCOM’s role. Second, the operating environment of the last 20 or 30 years is changing quite rapidly. The National Defense Strategy, global planning efforts, and the joint warfighting concepts all point to this fact. Third, our Nation’s ability to project a joint force on a global scale is inextricably linked to its commercial industry partners. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

The Logistics News That Shaped 2020
(Logistics Management) Read the stories that best summarize the wild ride of 2020 in logistics and transportation management.

Russian Government Hackers Are Behind a Broad Espionage Campaign That Has Compromised U.S. Agencies, Including Treasury and Commerce
(The Washington Post) Russian government hackers breached the Treasury and Commerce departments, along with other U.S. government agencies, as part of a global espionage campaign that stretches back months, according to people familiar with the matter.

Trump Revives Threat to Veto Defense Bill, Teeing Up Battle with Lawmakers
(Reuters) US President Donald Trump on Sunday repeated his threat to veto a massive defense policy bill, setting the stage for a major battle with US lawmakers at a time when they are racing to hammer out a compromise on more coronavirus relief.

Five Things to Know About Lloyd Austin, Biden’s Pentagon Pick
(The Hill) Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to be Defense secretary, is seeking to put a history-making cap on a 40-year career that already saw him breaking several barriers along the way. To get there, Austin will need to convince a skeptical Congress to grant him a waiver to the law requiring Defense secretaries to be out-of-uniform for at least seven years.

Congress Fears DOD Not Prepared for NC3 Cyber Attacks
(Breaking Defense) A classified assessment of America’s nuclear command, control, and communications system (NC3) has rung alarm bells on Capitol Hill.  The assessment was mentioned in a provision crafted by the Senate Armed Services Committee for the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act and accepted by the House in their conference deliberations.


SEACOR Announces Take Private Transaction with American Industrial Partners Valuing the Company at Approximately $1 Billion
(SEACOR Holdings Inc.) SEACOR has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with an affiliate of American Industrial Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, to take the company private. 

US Ocean Releases Voyages Newsletter
(US Ocean) US Ocean had released the second issue of its newsletter, Voyages. The issue includes a letter from President & CEO Will Terrill, stories on how the company has responded to the pandemic, a case study on an armored vehicle delivery, and much more.

AAR Awarded a $148M Contract to Continue C-40 Contractor Logistics Support with Naval Air Systems Command
(AAR) AAR was awarded a $148,357,084 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity follow-on contract with Naval Air Systems Command.

Maximizing Corporate Card Rebates: Our 80/20 Rule
(SAP Concur) An immediate way to get a pulse on who, how, and when your organization’s dollars are being spent –what we call spend governance – is to look at your corporate card usage. The perks of maximizing corporate card rebates go beyond optimizing cash flow to things like improving employee satisfaction, increasing spend transparency, and policy compliance.


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