The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

January 12, 2021


GovTravels Early Bird Prices End Next Week

Find out what you need to know to attend

NDTA and DTMO welcome you to learn, grow and network this February at our first Virtual GovTravels Symposium. Early Bird prices (does not apply to military/government) save you $50.00 and are only available until Jan. 21, so register now at:

You may be asking yourself what you need to do to attend this virtual conference. Here are some of the basics you’ll need to know:

  • The virtual platform utilizes Zoom for sessions, meetings, and webinars, and provides an opportunity for individuals to attend the live event and view all recorded sessions within 2 hours of completion of the live event, and for up to 90 days after the Symposium (May 28, 2021). We recommend prior to GovTravels that you download the latest version of Zoom. The platform has the best functionality when using the Google Chrome browser.
  • In early February, a personalized access link will be sent to the email address on your registration, from It will include additional instructions for accessing GovTravels 2021. This is separate from the confirmation/receipt email you receive when you register. […READ MORE…]


Member Alert

SolarWinds Hack

As previously announced by several U.S. news sources in mid-December 2020, hackers used an American company, SolarWinds and its business management software to infiltrate a large number of U.S. Government Agencies and Industries with the intent of placing malware capable of opening a back door.  Hackers could then use this opening to penetrate Agency and industry information systems.

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have provided the following links for industry to get information and assistance.

In addition, USTRANSCOM J6 and AQ have offered to discuss SolarWinds concerns that individual industry members may have.  Please let VADM Andy Brown or Craig Hymes know if your Cyber Coordinator(s) would like to have this discussion and we can coordinate.


Your Source

NDTA President & CEO Visits the TradeGeek Podcast

NDTA’s President and CEO VADM William A. “Andy” Brown, USN, was a guest on the January 6 TradeGeek podcast. The TradeGeek podcast, hosted by Pete Mento, focuses on issues of global trade and customs, logistics, supply chain, and economics in a humorous, balanced, and non-political way. Check it out!


Resignation of DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao resigned effective Monday, January 11. The announcement of her resignation came January 7, just one day after the Capitol Building was stormed as lawmakers were inside certifying the presidential election results. 

Chao tweeted her resignation saying, “It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation.” She attached a copy of her resignation letter, which stated: […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

DOD Formalizes Program Giving Companies More Access to Classified Info
(Air Force Magazine) The Pentagon has formally created a group of defense companies that can get broader access to classified initiatives known as special-access programs, hoping that more insight will make contractors more efficient and cost-conscious.

Positive Train Control Ready Ahead of Schedule
(The BRAKE Report) The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration announced that positive train control (PTC) technology is in operation on all 57,536 required freight and passenger railroad route miles, prior to the statutory deadline set by Congress.

2021 Could Be a Huge Year for Space. Here’s What’s to Come from NASA, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos
(The Washington Post) While 2020 was a bad year and will be remembered for the coronavirus, for space enthusiasts, it was actually quite a good year, providing bits of promising news amid the bleak headlines of disease, economic hardship, and protests. From a rover landing on Mars to more human spaceflight missions, big projects are in the works for 2021.

Why the Decline of Business Travel Matters
(Axios) The fate of business travel has big ramifications for the economy at large. Its decline could cost millions of jobs, shutter even more small businesses, and make your next vacation more expensive.

USAF Begins Basing MQ-9s in Romania
(Air Force Magazine) Air Force MQ-9s have a new permanent home in Romania. U.S. Air Forces in Europe announced Jan. 4 that Reapers and about 90 Airmen are now based at Romanian Air Force Base 71 at Campia Turzii.

Federal Pilot Program Would Open Long-Distance Trucking to 18-Year-Olds
(The Washington Post) A federal agency is proposing a pilot program to allow people as young as 18 to drive trucks across the country, an idea enthusiastically supported by trucking companies as a way to open the door to recruitment in high schools but facing deep opposition from safety organizations that say it will lead to immature drivers causing more crashes.

NATO Secretary General: Our Alliance Must Remain Strong Militarily and Politically Across the Globe
(Defense News) COVID-19 has shown that our world is more unpredictable than ever. The only thing we can be certain of is uncertainty itself — and we must learn to deal with it. For NATO, this means we must remain ready to tackle any challenge, at any time, to keep our people safe — including during pandemics. 


Maersk Takes Steps to Address US Export and Trucker Logistics Issues
(Maersk) In response to surging US imports and the resulting intermodal equipment flow imbalances all members of the logistics sector have been challenged to find solutions. Maersk senior officials have stated that this is a situation the company takes very seriously. Maersk is taking steps to address the concerns of the US export community and the trucking industry feeling the impact during this already difficult time.

BNSF and Wabtec Commence Battery-Electric Locomotive Pilot Test in California
(BNSF Railway) BNSF Railway Company and Wabtec’s exploration of the future potential of battery-electric locomotives crosses another significant milestone this week as they begin testing the technology in revenue service between Barstow and Stockton, California.

ARC Group Supports Deployment Through Antwerp, Belgium
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group Inc. [ARC]) ARC recently concluded operations at the Antwerp Euro Terminal in support of the 1/1 ABCT deployment, which was executed under the All Ports Belgium Stevedoring & Related Terminal Services (S&RTS) Contract.

Crowley Forms New Energy Division with Focus on Offshore Wind, Liquefied Natural Gas, and other Emerging Energy Sources
(Crowley) Crowley Shipping has formed a New Energy division strategically focused on diverse services supporting the emerging energy sectors in the US and adjacent regions–concentrating in offshore wind and liquefied natural gas (LNG).


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