The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

July 21, 2020


The Surface Port Projection Virtual Conference to Take Place July 29-30

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies jointly present the Surface Force Projection Conference: Enabling Dynamic Force Employment Through Global Port Readiness (SFPC).

Although our in-person conference at CNU was disrupted by COVID-19, we remain committed to focusing on the important topics and will provide an opportunity to educate and work the issues relevant to the government and industry in a revised format. We are holding webinars July 29-30 featuring four SFPC keynote speakers. Each webinar will be scheduled for approximately two hours and will feature two speakers supported by NDTA and SDDC leadership who will shape and guide the discussion. Audience participation will take place during a Q&A period.

The conference brings together U.S. government and industry subject matter experts in logistics and transportation to examine the challenges associated with the dynamic force employment of forces and equipment in support of U.S. national security objectives. […READ MORE…]


Partner News

Esper Reflects on NDS Implementation, Eventful Year as Defense Secretary

By Jim Garamone, Department of Defense News

As he approaches the start of his second year in office, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said he is pleased overall with the progress the Department of Defense (DOD) has made in implementing the National Defense Strategy and that more will be done in the weeks and months ahead.

Esper will mark a year in office July 24. He discussed the major issues of his tenure during a telephone interview.

The phone interview was a reminder of one issue he had to confront: COVID-19. “I think we have done very well, and I’m quite proud of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who stepped up from Day 1 and kept us ahead of the curve from Day 1,” he said. […READ MORE…]


Strategic Sealift Briefing

“The United States remains the only nation on earth capable of deploying major forces anywhere in the world on short notice, sustaining them while they are in theater, and bringing them home safely when their mission is complete.” All of these capabilities, according to Bill McDonald, Director of Sealift Support at the US Maritime Administration (MARAD), require strategic sealift. It is, he said, the source of true American power in the world.

The comments were part of a briefing on strategic sealift made during Transportation Academy, which was held in conjunction with the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting. Both Transportation Academy and the Fall Meeting took place October 7-10, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

The Trump Administration Says Its Overhaul of an Unpopular Trucking Safety Law Will Save Taxpayers $4 Billion
(Business Insider) The Department of Transportation announced that planned reforms to the hours-of-service (HOS) law will save American taxpayers more than $4 billion over about 14 years—roughly $287 million a year—by reducing regulatory costs.

US May Need to Nationalize Military Aircraft Industry, USAF Says
(Defense One) The United States might need to nationalize parts of the military aviation sector if the Pentagon does not come up with new ways to buy planes that stimulate more competition in private industry, a top Air Force official warned.

Navy Automates Supply Chain Analysis for Microelectronics
(FedScoop) The small computer chips in just about everything from weapon systems to IT platforms often take a long and winding supply chain journey before joining Department of Defense networks. So, the Navy recently acquired a new supply chain risk assessment tool for quicker analysis of its microelectronics and to serve as an example in monitoring broader supply chains for IT-related products.

The 5 Ws of Reshoring Supply Chains
(Supply Chain Dive) The decision to reshore is a balance between price and risk and a trend that started long before the coronavirus pandemic.


8 Steps to Managing Third-Party Risk in Your Supply Chain
(Crowe LLP) Outsourcing is a critical part of every business, but do you really know all the links that make up your supply chain? The more third parties you use, the more complex your relationships, and the more risks you invite into your company.

Microtel by Wyndham Showcases Innovative New Prototype with First Moda Opening
(Wyndham Hotels & Resorts) Elevated, cost-effective design caters to drive-to travelers, looks to optimize operational efficiencies while rivaling midscale aesthetic and performance.

New CTPAT Security Criteria Highlight AIT Worldwide Logistics’ Technology, Cargo Protection Investments
(AIT Worldwide Logistics) The U.S. Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) recently validated that transportation management leader AIT Worldwide Logistics meets the organization’s newest membership criteria related to vision and leadership and cybersecurity competency.

Boeing to Support International Space Station Operations Through 2024
(Boeing) Boeing, NASA’s lead industry partner for the International Space Station (ISS) since 1993, will continue supporting the celebrated orbiting laboratory through September of 2024 under a $916 million contract extension awarded today.

In the Logistics Space, Technology Delivers
(Toolbox) Miles English, CIO of technology-enabled transportation and SCM service provider Echo Global Logistics, explains how technological advancements in recent decades have transformed the way 3PLs serve shippers and carriers.


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