The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

July 20, 2021


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting – Roundtable #2: Space System Logistics

As we prepare for the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting at the Gaylord National Harbor October 18-21, we want to learn about technologies, business practices, and innovations needed to dominate and win in all domains and environments. One of those domains is Space. By joining us at this event, you will have the opportunity to engage with our Space Roundtable to examine logistics and transportation from the space perspective. […READ MORE…]


Navy Bots Boost Business Operations, Supply Chain Readiness

By James Foehl, NAVSUP Business Systems Center

A five-person Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Governance Team was employed August 2020 at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC) to develop and implement software application robots designed to accelerate business operations and improve supply-chain readiness for the Navy. […READ MORE…]


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19 Military Athletes to Represent U.S. at Tokyo Olympics

By Davi Vergun, DOD News

Seventeen soldiers, one Marine and one Coast Guardsman have earned spots in the delayed 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The games, which were postponed last year due to COVID-19, will be held from July 23 to August 8.

Earlier this year, Marine Corps Staff Sgt. John Stefanowicz defeated the country’s top rated 87-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestler to earn a spot in this year’s games. […READ MORE…]


FEMA Announces FY 2021 Grants Available for Homeland Security National Training Program

FEMA has released the funding notice for $6 million in competitive funding as part of the fiscal year 2021 Homeland Security National Training Program Continuing Training Grants. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Biden Targets High Shipping Costs as Pandemic Ravages Global Supply Chains
(The Washington Post) President Biden recently called on regulators to crack down on consolidation in the shipping and rail industries, as part of a broad executive order promoting competition throughout the U.S. economy. Freight may seem a prosaic topic for presidential attention. But the smooth movement of goods has perhaps never been more essential, amid the explosion of e-commerce that accompanied the pandemic.

China’s Space Program Is More Military Than You Might Think
(Defense One) On the 4th of July, China celebrated its taikonauts’ first-ever spacewalk outside the country’s first permanent space station, the Tiangong (“Heavenly Palace”). The extravehicular activity marked yet another major step for the country’s ambitious space program and a vivid sign of what is to come.

Biden Nominates New Air Mobility Command Boss
(Air Force Times) President Joe Biden has nominated the military’s No. 2 officer in the Pacific to lead the Air Force’s tanker and transport branch. If approved by the Senate, Lt. Gen. Mike Minihan, deputy commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, would earn a promotion to four-star general and replace current Air Mobility Command boss Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost.

OVERWATCH PODCAST E55: New Technology, Deadlier Weapons, and Disinformation Campaigns: How Russia Sees the Future of Warfare
(Institute for the Study of War) Russian leaders have a very specific vision for the future of warfare, one that US leaders need to understand if they are to effectively counter Russian strategy and technology. This is the second podcast episode in a series examining the Russian understanding of hybrid war.

As New NATO Command Becomes Fully Operational, Top US Military Officer Issues Warning Over ‘Great Power War’
(Defense News) NATO and U.S. military leaders gathered at Joint Force Command Norfolk in Virginia on Thursday to celebrate full readiness of the first operational NATO headquarters in North America. The new command will be responsible for the Atlantic and Arctic regions.

New Pentagon Policy to Accelerate Use of 3D Printing Amid Fresh Cyber Concerns
(Federal News Network) Defense Department officials want to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing to solve frontline and logistical challenges alike under a recent policy change, even as the department’s watchdog raises new concerns about how the military secures its 3D printing systems.


VIDEO: United’s Major New Order
(Dj’s Aviation) United Airlines placed a new order for aircraft, however, the aircraft is not your typical Airbus or Boeing aircraft. In this video, Dj’s Aviation takes a look at United’s latest commitment and what it means for the airline.

Cloud-Based Analytics: Enabling Data-Driven Decisions for Everyone
(SAP) Analytics have been long-regarded as critical tools for uncovering growth opportunities, reducing bias in decision-making, anticipating complex market dynamics, and identifying early-stage risks. However, a significant percentage of the workforce continues to be underserved – until now.

Maersk Asia Pacific Market Update (July 2021)
(Maersk) With the traditional peak season approaching, the outlook for both ocean and airfreight remains buoyant although capacity constraints and service reliability continue to present challenges. Maersk shares the latest market trend before highlighting the issues and challenges faced, and explains the company’s latest solutions to help keep cargo moving.

FedEx Logistics Launches FedEx Trade Solutions Service to Customize Trade Compliance Solutions
(FedEx) FedEx Logistics, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. has announced the launch of FedEx Trade Solutions, a new team in FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage, Inc. FedEx Trade Solutions offers customized trade solutions that enable improved compliance practices—reducing complexity, time, and costs—allowing customers to focus on growing their businesses.

Boeing and SkyNRG Partner to Scale Sustainable Aviation Fuels Globally
(Boeing) Boeing, SkyNRG, and SkyNRG Americas have announced a partnership focused on scaling the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) globally. The companies will work together to accelerate SAF development globally, focusing on scaling production capacity, building awareness, and engaging stakeholders throughout the value chain, including airlines, governments, and environmental organizations.


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