The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

July 14, 2020


REMINDER: The NDTA-CNUCAS Virtual Surface Force Projection Conference, “Enabling Dynamic Force Employment Through Global Port Readiness,” is July 29-30, 2020. Register now!


Farewell Dear Friend

NDTA is sad to share it has lost one of its most dedicated supporters. COL Dennis (Denny) Lynn Edwards, USA (Ret.) passed away June 30, 2020. He was 80 years old.

Denny had been part of the NDTA fabric for over 55 years. He joined as a young Army Officer and later joined the NDTA staff upon his retirement from the military. He retired from NDTA HQ in 2012 but continued to be involved with the Association for the remainder of his life. Most recently he spearheaded many of the initiatives associated with last year’s 75th Anniversary. It’s not an exaggeration to say NDTA was in his blood.

Denny’s wife, Karen passed on 21 February 2020. Likewise, Karen was with Denny at every NDTA event. She was his sweetheart for more than 55 years and she had the same loving place in her heart for NDTA. They will be missed by many. But they are together again.

We wanted to share the visitation details with you all. The family will have a combined visitation for Denny and Karen on Thursday, July 16, 2020, from 3-7pm at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151. Please visit for further information and details. A joint interment will be held sometime this winter at Arlington Cemetery.


NDTA-IDB Panel Explores Supply Chain Resiliency in the Post-COVID World

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fragility of the global supply chain. Many industries and organizations, including the government and military, are being turned upside down with the uncertainty of what normalcy will look like if and when it returns.

To address this uncertainty, the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) brought together a panel of distinguished participants to discuss lessons learned from the pandemic thus far, the extent of disruption in operations and supply chains in both the private sector and military, and how to better prepare for the future.

The virtual panel, Post-COVID-19: How to be Lean—Without Becoming Brittle!, took place June 25, 2020. NDTA President VADM William “Andy” Brown, USN (Ret.) and IDB President MG Jim Hodge, USA (Ret) served as moderators. Panelists included Lt Gen Giovanni Tuck, USAF, Director for Logistics, J4, Joint Staff, and Sridhar Chandrasekaran, Partner at Goldratt Consulting, a leader in constraint-based decision-making. […READ MORE…]


Partner News

DLA Director Says Farewell, Relinquishes Command

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) director known for operationalizing the agency’s support to combatant commanders and driving development of the DLA Service Readiness Dashboard relinquished command to DLA Vice Director Mike Scott June 8 during a ceremony at the McNamara Headquarters Complex.

Army LTG Darrell K. Williams became the agency’s 19th director in June 2017. His tenure began with disaster relief response for hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and ended with the national response to COVID-19.

The Honorable Jordon Gillis, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, who served as the officiant of the event, called Williams’ leadership “absolutely awesome.” […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Military Sealift is America’s Achilles’ Heel
(Navy Times) A powerful Navy, capable of protecting global commerce and projecting power around the globe, has become the cornerstone of US national defense. This strategy has also meant fighting the vast majority of the nation’s armed conflict far from our shores, protecting the homeland from the terrible destruction that was a defining characteristic of war in the 20th century.

Expanded Cargo Preferences May Be the Easiest Way to Rebuild the U.S. Maritime Industry
(Forbes) The current high-cost structure of U.S. merchant shipping is directly related to the loss of economies as subsidized foreign carriers have driven U.S. ships from the marketplace. If U.S. shipping and shipbuilding made a comeback as a result of expanded cargo preferences, the cost structure would likely change.

Logistics Challenges, Opportunities Discussed During Lexington Institute Webinar
(US Department of Defense) Brig Gen Leonard Kosinski, USAF, Director of Logistics for US Africa Command spoke to international logistics experts during a recent webinar. Kosinski discussed the logistical challenges in Africa and the need to partner with commercial industry to help overcome challenges and leverage lessons learned.

Supply Chain Shifts from China Boost US Southeast, Gulf Ports—CBRE
(American Shipper) US Southeast and Gulf Coast seaports and industrial distribution hubs will be the prime beneficiaries of US firms shifting supply chains from China due to disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic and higher tariffs from the US-China trade war, according to a report published Thursday by real estate and logistics services giant CBRE Inc.


Matson Christens ‘Matsonia’
(Matson, Inc.) Matson, a leading US carrier in the Pacific, and General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, recently christened the second of two Kanaloa Class vessels, the largest combination container/roll-on, roll-off (“con-ro”) ships ever built in the United States. 

Travelport and Southwest Airlines® Win TMC Customers, Complete GDS Roll Out
(Travelport) Travelport, a technology company serving the global travel industry, announced it has signed new long term deals with a number of leading US travel management companies enabling Southwest Business and other travel bookings. Since Southwest Airlines® announced in May that travel management companies can conveniently book and modify reservations in the Travelport GDS, agencies are turning to Travelport for new capabilities and easy access to Southwest’s everyday low fares.

How Computer Vision and AI Can Revolutionize Supply Chain and Grid Management for Utilities
(CGI Inc.) The driving forces behind autonomous vehicle technology are computer vision (CV) and artificial intelligence (AI). Applications for these technologies exist in the utilities industry as well, and innovators are finding them.

ARC Launches New Ocean Transportation System
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group Inc. [ARC]) ARC has announced the successful launch of its new ocean transportation IT system, ARC-OCEAN. The new system will operate in concert with many existing technology integrations that interface with US Government and other customer and partner systems.

About Foreign Trade Zones
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) Crane Worldwide Logistics shares insights into what a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is and how it can help your logistics operation.


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