The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

July 27, 2021


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting – Highlights of the 2021 Transportation Academy Sessions

The 2021 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting will be held October 18-21, at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Conference Center, MD. We will again host up to 70 classes at the popular Transportation Academy. Instructors include a wide range of subject matter experts and practitioners from both the private and public sectors. While the basics of transportation, logistics, and distribution remain the same, the current environment has obviously changed significantly since our 2020 virtual event. […READ MORE…]


Next Generation Innovation: The First Fully Electric U.S. Tugboat

Crowley Maritime Corporation will lead industry sustainability in the next generation of high-powered ship assist tugboats by building and operating eWolf, the first all-electric powered harbor tugboat that can complete a job without expending a drop of fuel. […READ MORE…]


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Defense Industrial Base Resources for Cybersecurity Readiness and Resiliency

The National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) have released an advisory on the People’s Republic of China state-sponsored Cyber Threats. The People’s Republic of China has been assessed as deploying state-sponsored malicious cyber activity—a major threat to U.S. and Allied cyberspace assets.  […READ MORE…]


New FEMA Guide Helps Build Private-Public Partnerships

The Resilient Nashua Initiative was formed in 2017 to update Nashua, New Hampshire’s hazard mitigation plan. Through this initiative, the input from business and organizations helped develop resilience strategies that improved emergency response and pre-disaster recovery planning. The partnership prioritized businesses and infrastructure for the city that utility providers can use to restore services post-disaster. The efforts to plan together resulted in a city that is more resilient and has stronger relationships with the local businesses. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Updating Space Doctrine: How to Avoid World War II
(War on the Rocks) What should the United States do if one of its satellites were attacked and the Pentagon had no way to respond in space? The answer to this question is surprisingly revealing about Washington’s space policy.

Senate Panel Adds $25B to Biden’s Defense Budget
(The Hill) The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a $778 billion defense policy bill, adding nearly $25 billion more to the defense budget than the Biden administration requested. The funding boost would go entirely to the Pentagon, giving the department $740.3 billion compared to the Biden administration’s request for $715 billion.

Lawmakers Want Pentagon to Map Supply Chain Risks, Cut China Products
(Defense News) A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to require the Pentagon in the upcoming defense policy bill to get a better handle on who sells the military critical technologies to reduce reliance Chinese-sourced products.

Supply Chain Blind Spots: Where They Occur, and How to Deal with Them
(Supply Chain Brain) Manufacturers’ most critical “currency” remains resolute: trust and reliability. And much of the responsibility for maintaining those qualities lies within the supply chain.

Warner Says ‘Time is Now’ for Cyber Incident Reporting Legislation
(Federal News Network) A new bipartisan bill in the Senate would require federal contractors, agencies, and critical infrastructure operators to report cyber intrusions to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within 24 hours of discovery.


Freight Spending Now Highest in History of U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index™
(U.S. Bank) Truck freight spending in the U.S. increased at record levels in the second quarter of 2021, according to the Q2 2021 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index. Spending jumped 10.1% over the first quarter levels, bringing the total measure to the highest recording in the history of the index.

Crane Worldwide Logistics Adds Capacity to Address Challenging Market Conditions
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) As supply chain and logistics leaders around the world grapple with the recent capacity crunch, Crane Worldwide Logistics is adding capacity.

Trucking Industry Praises Introduction of the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act
(American Trucking Associations [ATA]) The ATA is praising the introduction of the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2021. “By repealing this antiquated tax, Congress can deliver a win for the environment, highway safety, manufacturing jobs, and supply-chain efficiency,” said ATA President & CEO Chris Spear.

Alaska Airlines and AAR Team Up to Create Flow Through Program for Tomorrow’s Aviation Maintenance Technicians
(AAR CORP.) The nation’s airlines rely on professional maintenance technicians to ensure airplanes safely and compliantly travel across the country, but demand for qualified airline maintenance technicians (AMT) will outpace supply as early as 2022. To fill these highly skilled positions, Alaska Airlines is teaming up with AAR CORP. to create a pipeline for qualified airline maintenance technicians for the Seattle-based airline.

What Do You Know About Quantum Computing?
(CGI) With the emergence of revolutionary concepts and technologies such as Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, and Autonomous Systems, the solutions implemented both in industry and in our homes are no longer able to keep up with the sheer volume of data and processing power required to handle it. But, as CGI’s latest blog post explains, one of the emerging technologies that tries to give a practical solution to this ever-growing problem is quantum computing.


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