The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

February 5, 2024

Surface Force Projection Conference

NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference May 14-17, 2024 – On-line Registration Now Open

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2024 Surface Force Projection Conference, Ready Now-Contested Joint Force Deployments to & through Strategic Ports, to be held May 14-17 at Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Virginia. […READ MORE…]

Advancing U.S. National Security, Foreign Policy, Supply Chain and Economic Objectives

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

Quoting National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, the Honorable Alan F. Estevez, Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), US Department of Commerce, explained that, “export controls, if implemented in a way that is robust, durable, and comprehensive, can be a new strategic asset in the US and allied toolkit to impose costs on adversaries and even over time, degrade their battlefield capabilities.” And that, according to Estevez, is exactly what the Department of Commerce is doing. […READ MORE…]

NDTA Europe & Africa Regional Workshop 2024

In collaboration with the NATO Support & Procurement Agency, we are excited to announce the next NDTA Europe & Africa Workshop is scheduled for 3 June 2024, at the Parc Hotel in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. […READ MORE…]


USDOT Announces Progress Delivering Results for America

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released a report updating the public on the Biden-Harris Administration efforts to improve America’s transportation infrastructure. The report includes updates on DOT’s key priorities, including rail safety, strengthening consumer protections for air  travelers, and the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), among others. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Lawmakers Call on Biden to Create a New Maritime Policy Czar

(USNI News)  Citing China’s aggression in the maritime space and the United States’ deteriorating shipbuilding infrastructure, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on President Joe Biden to create a maritime czar to organize American seapower and maritime policy.

With CMMC Looming, Military Services Explore Ways to Extend Secure Environments to Small Businesses

(DefenseScoop)  The U.S. Army and Navy are exploring arrangements to extend secure environments to their smaller defense industrial base partners who can’t afford to earn a cybersecurity accreditation with the Pentagon but provide innovative services the branches still want to leverage.

How the US is Preparing for a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan

(Reuters)  When U.S. and Australian troops practiced amphibious landings, ground combat and air operations last summer, they drew headlines about the allies deepening defense cooperation to counter China’s growing military ambitions. But for U.S. war planners preparing for a potential conflict over Taiwan, the high-profile Talisman Sabre exercises had a far more discreet value: They helped create new stockpiles of military equipment that were left behind in Australia after the drills ended.

Climate Change and Conflict Converge to Disrupt Supply Chains

(Axios)  Geopolitical risks in the Red Sea and extreme weather in Central America are converging, jostling global supply chains fed by the Suez and Panama Canals. The impact on trade highlights what experts have long warned about, with compounding events amplifying the growing economic toll of climate change.

New Coast Guard Base in Charleston Slated to Be Service’s Largest Homeport

(WCSC Television) The Coast Guard recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Base Charleston. The 64-acre campus, along the Cooper River, will support the five Charleston-based national cutters, their crews, and the support personnel with completion expected in late 2026. The base is slated to become the service’s largest homeport and a base for global operations, training and support.

Welcome New Member

Please join NDTA in welcoming our newest Regional Patron member, Prime Trip Support!

Delta Uses the Power of Its Partnerships to Continue Building Diverse Talent Pipelines

(Delta Air Lines)  As part of Delta’s journey to build a diverse talent pipeline, the airline has partnered with the U.S. Army as part of their Army Partnership for Your Success program, as well as HBCUs and Delta-sponsored professional basketball teams for the new Delta Business Class program.

FedEx Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Data-Driven Commerce Platform

(FedEx)  FedEx Corp. has announced fdx, the first data-driven commerce platform that connects the entire customer journey — making it easier for companies to grow demand, increase conversion, optimize fulfillment, and streamline returns. FedEx is the only logistics company to connect the entire customer journey by offering end-to-end e-commerce solutions for businesses of all sizes – all in one platform.

Enterprise Mobility Publishes FY23 ESG Report

(Enterprise Holdings)  Enterprise Mobility™ has released its latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report which highlights the organization’s ongoing efforts to operate as a people-centric, purpose-led and values-based business that embeds sustainability across its global operations.

Five Signs It’s Time to Start Your Own Freight Agency

(Landstar)  Anyone can start a business, but it takes a true entrepreneur to run a successful, profitable company — especially in the competitive transportation and logistics industry. If you’re not sure whether it’s the right time in your career to establish your own freight agency, start by asking yourself five pivotal questions from the latest Landstar blog post.

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