The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

February 23, 2022


FINAL REMINDER – Don’t miss GovTravels Lite virtual sessions next week!

It’s less than a week until GovTravels Lite, a NO COST series of virtual events between February 28-March 3, 2022. If you work in passenger travel and related services for the federal government, a state government, or the private sector, GovTravels Lite is not to be missed. […READ MORE…]


The Surface Force Projection Conference Purpose

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s (CNU) Center for American Studies (CAS) are excited to jointly present the NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC) “Managing Disruptions Thru the Strategic Ports to Improve Deployments” to be held May 17-19, 2022, at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Text […READ MORE…]


DLA Packs, Ships COVID-19 Tests for White House Mission

By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs Officer

The Defense Logistics Agency has been working with the U.S. Postal Service since mid-January to pack and distribute 500 million free COVID-19 at-home tests to American households. […READ MORE…]


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Posture Updates in Support of Allies in Europe February 22, 2022

As part of our commitment to upholding the principles of the rules-based international order and to the security of our NATO Allies, the United States maintains significant combat-capable forces in Europe. These forward-deployed forces help to deter aggression and if deterrence fails, stand shoulder to shoulder with our Allies to maintain security and stability in Europe. […READ MORE…]


Attend the Scott-St. Louis – Washington DC Chapters Joint Event TOMORROW

Please join NDTA Scott-St. Louis Chapter-82 along with the Washington DC Chapter and FAST ROPE for their next Social Speaker Series, Thursday, 24 February. TOPIC: Procurement Integrity: Can’t We Just Get Along?
Please see the flyer for all the details to include registration information.


President Biden and U.S. Department of Transportation Announce Historic New Funding to Strengthen Port Infrastructure and Supply Chain Resiliency

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced nearly $450 million in newly available grant funding for port-related projects through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP)—by far the largest investment in the program ever. These grants can help ports expand capacity and improve the movement of goods through our supply chains. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Austin Says Current Operations Give Hints of New National Defense Strategy
(US Department of Defense)  People interested in the new National Defense Strategy can see some of it in play as the United States and its allies face Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said during his recent trip to Warsaw.

The Problems with the Defense-Industrial Base Aren’t About the Contractors
(Defense News)  The report released by the Pentagon this week, titled the “State of Competition within the Defense Industrial Base,” tackles a serious subject that Defense News readers know is vital to national security. However, the report misses an important step by failing to articulate clearly the problems its recommendations are trying to fix.

Is Our Space Partnership with Russia Immune from Earthly Conflicts?
(The Hill)  The International Space Station (ISS) partnership has been a rare bright spot in our relationship with Russia for more than 20 years. Will this cooperation last indefinitely? Is our space partnership immune from Earthly concerns?

Trucking Trends: Why the 3G Sunset Matters to Supply Chains
(Cargo Business News)  U.S. cellular providers have started to sunset their 3G networks, beginning with AT&T on Feb. 22. The term “sunset” indicates there’s daylight remaining but in this case, it means a large portion of the trucking industry may be in the dark when it comes to ELD network connectivity.

Don’t Trust the Process: Moving from Words to Actions on the Indo-Pacific Posture
(War on the Rocks)  Far from being a deterrent to aggression, American military bases in Asia are a tempting target. U.S. Indo-Pacific bases are vulnerable to myriad Chinese attacks. Actions to address these problems have been tardy and insufficient, despite repeated Pentagon statements prioritizing U.S. posture in the region.


ATA, OOIDA Urge Buttigieg to Commit Funds to Truck Parking
(Transport Topics)  American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association have called on Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to prioritize infrastructure funds to boost the nation’s truck parking capacity. In a letter to the secretary, the two groups said a truck parking shortage has “plagued America’s truckers for decades, with a wide range of consequences for highway safety, driver health and well-being, supply chain efficiency, and the environment.”

U.S. Bank Launches Solution with FuelHub to Optimize Bulk Fuel Payments 
(U.S. Bank)  U.S. Bank today unveiled a new payment solution to reduce friction between bulk fuel suppliers and buyers. Refiners and wholesalers often require bulk fuel purchasers—such as gas station operators, government entities, and those operating large fleets—to pay within a few days, causing cash flow challenges, especially during times of volatile fuel prices.

American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Supports Defender Europe 2022 Exercise with Newest Vessel ARC Defender
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group)  The U.S. Army’s Surface Deployment & Distribution Command 598th Transportation Brigade loaded 284 pieces of equipment belonging to the Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment on the M/V ARC Defender at the Baltic Container Terminal in Gdynia, Poland.

Southwest Airlines Resumes Expansion of Pilot Training Center
(Travel Pulse)  Southwest Airlines has resumed the expansion of its Pilot Training Center. The $13 million project, which began in October of 2019 but was suspended months later when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., will be based at the carrier’s Dallas headquarters. It is expected to be completed in 2024.


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