The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

July 13, 2021


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting – A Focus on Logistics & Transportation

The Honorable Alan Estevez, a recognized leader in the defense and aerospace community, joined Deloitte Consulting as a national security strategy and logistics executive in June 2017 after completing a 36-year career with the Department of Defense, including his most recent role as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. […READ MORE…]


Logistics and Transportation Industry Response to the Pandemic and Contested Environment

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

NDTA and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CNU CAS), in cooperation with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), hosted the Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC) May 18-20, 2021. The conference brought together US government and industry subject matter experts in logistics and transportation to examine the challenges associated with deployment and employment of forces and equipment in support of US national security objectives. A keynote address by Eric Mensing, President and CEO, American President Lines LLC, provided perspective from the US flag carrier industry. […READ MORE…]


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Presidential Action Takes Aim at Consolidation in Transportation

For decades, corporate consolidation has been accelerating and President Biden is now taking aim at this trend in a new Executive Order. In the transportation sector, the order will affect the air travel, rail, and shipping industries in the following ways: […READ MORE…]


Multifaceted Team Strives to Modernize Air Refueling Management

By André Kok, USTRANSCOM Public Affairs

Since its inception in 1923, the ability to use one aircraft to refuel another in flight, known as air refueling (AR), has become a central tenet of US combat power projection around the world.

An expansive team of experts from the US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Operations Directorate’s Air Refueling Branch (J38-R), Air Mobility Command (AMC), and the 618th Air Operations Center are working alongside developers from Rolls-Royce on a project to modernize AR management, safeguarding the relative advantage AR capabilities afford the Department of Defense (DOD). […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Top 100 Defense Companies for 2021
(Defense News) Who are the largest defense companies in the world? Defense News just released its annual rankings.

Opinion: Strategic Sealift Is Broken – Which Direction Are We Headed?
(The Maritime Executive) There has been a slow and steady decline of the Strategic Sealift fleet. Read about issues have caused this decline, including mistakes that have been made in trying to correct them, and hear a few possible solutions to ensure the warfighters have the tools they need to quickly respond to emergent contingencies.

The German ‘New Space’ Industry Is Booming. So Why Isn’t Berlin Buying In?
(Defense News) While NATO allies like the United States and France are dedicating evermore resources to military space assets, Germany has articulated the importance of space, but has yet to put many actual euros behind the statement.

Overcoming the Diego Garcia Stalemate
(War on the Rocks) During a 2017 visit to India, then British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson failed to convince India’s government to restrain its ally Mauritius from launching a diplomatic offensive against Britain over sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago. Johnson and the UK government were most concerned about Diego Garcia, which is leased to the United States as a base for significant military and intelligence capabilities.

The US Desperately Needs a Civilian Cybersecurity Corps
(Defense One) Bipartisan legislation aims to augment the National Guard’s cyber reservists, but a wholly civilian component could be larger and more flexible.

Getting More Out of Defense Dollars
(The Heritage Foundation) Defense budgeteers face a “use it or lose it” situation every Sept. 30—driving all kinds of bizarre and inefficient behaviors. There are, however, ways Congress can help alleviate this situation.


Video Showcases ARC Military Deployment Support
American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group supported this past week’s military deployment through the port of Gdansk, Poland. Check out this video that highlights the massive scale of the event, as well as the capabilities of the M/V Endurance.

DHL Express Plans More Than $360M in Infrastructure Investments Throughout Americas Region
(DHL) DHL Express announced it is investing more than $360 million USD between 2020 and 2022 to build new and expand existing facilities in key growth markets within the Americas region.  Additionally, the company intends to spend millions on measures to bolster its Americas air network, such as introducing new, direct flight routes.

Schuyler Line Navigation Company (SLNC) Delivers Food Aid to Sudan
(SLNC) SLNC recently delivered 34,000 MT of critical food aid to Sudan, in partnership with USAID and the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).

Amtrak to Transform Rail Travel with $7.3 Billion Investment in State-of-the-Art Equipment
(Amtrak) Amtrak is contracting with Siemens Mobility manufacture a new fleet of up to 83 multi-powered modern trains that will be leveraged for state and northeast services, with further options for up to 130 additional trains to support Amtrak growth plans. The new fleet will offer modern rail amenities that better serve Amtrak customers.

Hapag-Lloyd Acquires Africa Carrier NileDutch
(Hapag-Lloyd) Hapag-Lloyd has closed the acquisition of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments B.V. (NileDutch). After signing a sales and purchase agreement in March, Hapag-Lloyd has now formally acquired all shares of the company after all responsible antitrust authorities had approved the transaction.


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