The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

January 20, 2023


NDTA-DTMO GovTravels Keynote Speaker Announced: The Honorable Gilbert Cisneros, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), in association with the General Services Administration (GSA), are excited to host the 2023 GovTravels Symposium, February 27 – March 1, 2023. […READ MORE…]


KC 46 Endurance Flies Record-Breaking Mission

Article and photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Huffman, 157th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

In a feat of air mobility endurance, a KC-46A Pegasus from the 157th Air Refueling Wing flew a non-stop mission half-way around the globe and back, November 16-17, 2022. […READ MORE…]


NDTA Virtual Chapter to Host Winter USTRANSCOM Symposium

It has been an exciting time for the United States NDTA Virtual Chapter. It’s a New Year and as we reach our 6-month mark of being a chapter we have new things coming to the Virtual Chapter. To start with, we would like to welcome our new Membership Director, Nicholas Weinberg. Nick is the Strategic Sales Director of the Government Division at Enterprise Holdings. Additionally, Nick has picked up the task of developing our chapter web page, which will be available at […READ MORE…]


The Transportation Industrial Base Challenge: Time to Rethink the Transportation Industrial Base and Its Role Integrated Strategic Deterrence

Transportation providers are critical to the effective functioning of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), which includes the need to access and use international transportation infrastructures and providers. But recent market trends and new emerging technologies are rapidly changing this global transportation and logistics network, creating layers of complexity for access and use. […READ MORE…]


Biden-Harris Administration Releases First-Ever Blueprint to Decarbonize America’s Transportation Sector

By the Department of Energy Office of Public Affairs

The Biden-Harris Administration recently released the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization. Developed by the Departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Blueprint is a landmark strategy for cutting all greenhouse emissions from the transportation sector by 2050. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

What to Watch 2023: America Must Begin Growing Its Merchant Marine
(Center for Maritime Strategy)  It’s incontrovertible that America would not have prevailed in WWII without its merchant marine. Despite this, today we find that our maritime logistics force is inadequate. In a high-end conflict, readily available American vessel capacity would only meet 65% of sealift needs and there is a shortage of at least 1,900 mariners.

Defensive Line: Interview with Brett Williams
(DC Velocity)  As former director of operations at the U.S. Cyber Command, Brett Williams knows what it takes to protect our vulnerable supply chains. Hear his advice on what companies can do to safeguard their data.

US Importers Shipping More to America’s East Coast Ports Than West Coast Amid Global Supply Chain Shifts
(South China Morning Post)  After moving record volumes of cargo during the pandemic, the port of LA last August lost its 22-year title as the busiest port in the US, vanquished by its east coast rival, the joint port of New York and New Jersey.

Watch 24 C-17s Roll Out from an Air Force Base in a Matter of Minutes
(Task & Purpose)  The C-17 Globemaster III transport jet is an incredibly versatile aircraft. It can serve as an airborne hospital for aeromedical evacuation, it can drop bombs and it can, of course, haul a lot of cargo. Recently, the Air Force launched 24 of them at once. That’s enough to carry 4.1 million pounds of cargo or 2,448 paratroopers. And it’s around 3,300 tons of aircraft taking off in just a matter of minutes.

Truck Parking Is Top Issue for Drivers
(Transport Topics)  With 313,000 truck parking spaces existing nationwide, according to a recent survey conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association estimate there is one parking spot for every 11 drivers. So, it’s no surprise that for the third year in a row, truck drivers have identified truck parking as the industry’s No. 1 issue.


WELCOME New NDTA Corporate Members
Please join NDTA in welcoming our newest President’s Circle member Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, and Sustaining members Holland & Knight, Signature Transportation Group, and Smith Currie & Hancock LLP!

National Security Multi-Mission Vessel Program Achieves Milestone with Steel Cutting of Fourth Ship
(TOTE Group)  TOTE Services, Philly Shipyard, and Texas A&M University at Galveston have celebrated the cutting of steel for the fourth National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) destined for the Texas A&M Maritime Academy in Galveston, Texas. The event marked another major construction milestone for the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) NSMV program.

SAP and AWS Collaborate to Accelerate Demand and Digital Transformation for Customers
(SAP)  SAP and Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, are teaming up to accelerate digital transformation to support their customers.

ARC Provides Logistics Support for USNS Pililaau
[American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group (ARC)]  ARC recently provided stevedoring and related logistical support to the U.S. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) 838th Transportation Battalion at the Port of Gdansk, Poland.


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