The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

February 16, 2022


CISA Issues “Shields Up” Advisory

NDTA Members,

Due to increasing geopolitical tensions, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a “Shields Up” advisory ( The Defense Industrial Base is one of 16 official United States critical infrastructure sectors. Like the other critical infrastructure sectors’ leaders, we’re reaching out to encourage you to do three things. […READ MORE…]


Something for Everyone on the NDTA GovTravels Lite Schedule

The National Defense Transportation Association, together with the Defense Travel Management Office and the General Services Administration is pleased to present GovTravels Lite, a series of virtual events between February 28 – March 3, 2022, at NO COST to participants. If you work in passenger travel and related services for the federal government, a state government, or the private sector, 2022 GovTravels Lite is a must-attend virtual experience. […READ MORE…]


Your Source

Russian Threat to Ukraine Remains

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

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III is in Europe this week to meet with NATO allies. These meetings are taking place as concerns over the threat that Russia poses to Ukraine continues. While Russia’s defense ministry asserts that some of its military units are leaving their positions near Ukraine, that is something that the US has yet to verify according to an update by President Joe Biden. […READ MORE…]


NDTA North Pole Chapter Makes a Difference in the Lives of Students

Supporting the next generation of transportation and logistics professionals by providing scholarships to deserving college students is a tenet of NDTA. Each year the NDTA North Pole Chapter supports students at the University of Alaska Anchorage through its Arne Michaelsen Scholarship Award. […READ MORE…]


State of Competition in the Defense Industrial Base

The Defense Department has released the State of Competition in the Defense Industrial Base report, as directed by Executive Order 14036. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

‘Lead Wing’ Plan for Air Force Deployments Takes Shape at Nine Bases
(AirForceTimes)  The Air Force’s blueprint for deploying more responsive, better-trained teams is coming into focus this year, as 10 wings across the service, including two at one base, prepare for new roles in combat operations. Last month’s announcement of which units will act as “lead wings” — the main group in charge of a team of aircraft from different bases and wings — sheds light on how the service views future air warfare.

The Indo-Pacific Strategy Needs Indo-Specifics
(Defense One)  The Biden administration’s newly released Indo-Pacific Strategy embraces many of the priorities and initiatives adopted by the Trump administration. Unfortunately, the strategy and its accompanying fact sheet are surprisingly thin on details, methods, and means for confronting America’s most daunting challenge in the Indo-Pacific: the rise of an increasingly belligerent and nationalist People’s Republic of China.

More Companies May Have to Get a CMMC Assessment After All
(Federal News Network)  The Pentagon’s revamped Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is moving forward under the Defense Department chief information officer, but DoD is rolling back an aspect of the plan that would have allowed some 40,000 companies to self-attest to their cybersecurity practices.

Data-Driven Asset Management Can Transform Ports Into Smart Ports
(The Maritime Executive)  Port and terminal operators are experiencing growing complexity in the form of rapidly accelerating throughput demands. Experience has shown that port operation optimization can increase throughput by 10-20 percent using a data-driven asset management approach to provide substantial return in all of these operational areas through a coordinated approach.

USAF Should Take Advantage of Secondhand Parts Market, Pentagon Nominee Says
(Air Force Magazine)  As the Air Force looks to boost its aging aircraft’s mission capable rates and to control sustainment costs, the Defense Department should encourage the service to take full advantage of the secondhand market for parts, the nominee to lead the Pentagon’s sustainment enterprise told Congress on Feb. 15.


WELCOME New NDTA Corporate Member
Please join NDTA in welcoming our newest Sustaining member Uber Technologies, Inc.!

Crowley Begins Operation of Fuel Storage Facility Near Fairbanks
(Crowley)  Crowley has started the management and operation of its new bulk fuel storage facility in North Pole, near Fairbanks, Alaska, which provides key energy services to the U.S. military.

Norfolk Southern Recognized as a CDP Supplier Engagement Leader
(Norfolk Southern)  Norfolk Southern Corporation has earned a spot on CDP’s 2021 Supplier Engagement Leaderboard. Norfolk Southern was recently recognized with an A- climate change rating in CDP’s highest-rated tier, the Leadership Level. CDP is the leading carbon disclosure system for the global business community.

Report: Port Helps Drive Economic Investment and Job Creation Throughout the Commonwealth
(Port of Virginia)  The Port of Virginia® continues to be an expanding economic force in the Commonwealth’s economy, says a recent study conducted by The College of William & Mary that analyzes the overall value of the port to the Virginia economy during fiscal year 2021 (FY21).

IBM and SAP Strengthen Partnership to Help Clients Move Workloads from SAP Solutions to the Cloud
(SAP)  IBM has announced it is teaming with SAP to provide technology and consulting expertise to make it easier for clients to embrace a hybrid cloud approach and move mission-critical workloads from SAP solutions to the cloud for regulated and non-regulated industries.


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