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January 5, 2024

It’s 2024 – Time to Mark Your Calendar

The new year is here and a lot is happening at NDTA. Please make sure to mark your calendars now for the upcoming events and reminders. To keep up with all things NDTA—including chapter events—subscribe to our calendar. […READ MORE…]

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United Van Lines 47th Annual National Movers Study Reveals Where & Why Americans Moved in 2023

United Van Lines released the company’s 47th Annual National Movers Study today, which indicates Americans are moving eastbound and southbound—and relocating to less expensive areas with comparable amenities to larger metropolitans. […READ MORE…]

USTRANSCOM Delays Start of Global Household Goods Contract Shipments

By USTRANSCOM Public Affairs

The Defense Personal Property Management Office (DPMO) at U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) continues to focus on improving the relocation experience for Defense Department and Coast Guard personnel and their families through the implementation of the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC). […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

Red Sea Protection Effort Faces Early Hurdles

(Defense One)  Since October, Houthi militants have launched missile and drone attacks at U.S. forces in the region and Israeli targets, and in the weeks since more than 15 commercial ships have come under attack from Iranian-backed Yemeni militant group. On Dec. 18, Secretary of Defense Austin announced Operation Prosperity Guardian, a multinational security mission to ensure safe transit through the region. However, while Washington hoped the new operation could have similar success to international anti-piracy efforts in Somalia, there are clear differences in the Houthi threat to shipping.

Proposed CMMC Rule Contains No Surprises, But Raises Some Initial Questions

(Federal News Network)  The Defense Department packed a lot of detail into its proposed rule for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, released just before the holiday break. But CMMC experts also see a lot of lingering questions that DoD will have to address in 2024 before finalizing the rule.

US Announces New Weapons Package for Ukraine

(Defense News)  The U.S. on Wednesday announced what officials say could be the final package of military aid to Ukraine unless Congress approves supplemental funding legislation that is stalled on Capitol Hill. The weapons, worth up to $250 million, include an array of air munitions and other missiles, artillery, anti-armor systems, ammunition, demolition and medical equipment and parts. The aid, provided through the Presidential Drawdown Authority, will be pulled from Pentagon stockpiles.

Army Links Helicopters, Boats and AI for Casualty Evacuation

(C4ISRNet)  Casualty evacuations during recent wars faced their own challenges — enemy fire, dust storms and austere pickup points. But battlefields of the future look far more daunting, so soldiers and aviators with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade are developing a new way to move casualties around the battle space using helicopters, Army watercraft, Navy vessels, advanced communications and data.

Port Leaders Cautiously Optimistic for 2024

(Transport Topics)  The nation’s port leaders are optimistic that 2024 will be good for container operators as billions in federal, state and private construction money pour into the facilities, and major projects — some already underway — allow them to chart their paths for the future.

Thank You NDTA Corporate Member

NDTA thanks Leidos for upgrading to become the Association’s newest Chairman’s Circle member!

2024 Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook

(Deloitte)  In 2023, the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry witnessed a revival in product demand. Now, Deloitte is providing insights and recommendations for 2024 including information on work force challenges, supply chain complexities, technology, and more key trends.

Bennett Family of Companies Partnership with Transition OverWatch Assists in Launching Military Members Into Successful Careers

(Bennett)  Over the past year, the Bennett Family of Companies has been partnering with Transition OverWatch, demonstrating a shared commitment to honoring the service of individuals to our Nation. Transition OverWatch’s initiatives play a crucial role in facilitating the seamless transition of military members from active duty to meaningful civilian careers, offering support in interview readiness, community building, professional development and overcoming challenges.

AAR Signs New Multi-Year Military Distribution Agreement With Ontic

(AAR CORP.)  AAR CORP. has announced a new multi-year agreement with Ontic, providing AAR distribution rights to supply a strategic selection of military products to the U.S. government, with exclusivity on specified parts. AAR currently provides military distribution support to Ontic’s Cheltenham, United Kingdom, facility and commercial distribution support to Ontic’s Creedmoor, North Carolina, facility. Under this additional contract, AAR will support Ontic’s Chatsworth, California, facility.

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