The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

June 1, 2021


NDTA-USTANSCOM Fall Meeting Registration is Now Open

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for the 9th annual NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, scheduled October 18-21, 2021 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland.  The theme for this year’s event is: “Resilient & Reliable Logistics… Agile and Adaptable.” […READ MORE…]


DLA Director Addresses Support to Global Pandemic, Future of Work During NDTA Webinar

By Christine Born, DLA Public Affairs

Speaking to a virtual audience of over 100 attendees, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Director VADM Michelle Skubic addressed the Washington DC Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association on May 20. She outlined DLA’s priorities for supporting the warfighter, the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, recent support missions, and took questions. […READ MORE…]


For China, Key to Becoming a Blue Water Navy and a Peer Competitor Has Been Sustainment at Sea

By Edward Lundquist

In less than two decades, the world has watched China’s naval capabilities mature to the point where the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) are now considered a peer competitor to the US Navy.  In fact, China now has the biggest navy in the world. […READ MORE…]


Lyons Recognizes Duckworth, Courtney, and Wittman Among the First to Receive the Inaugural Pegasus Award

By USTRANSCOM Public Affairs

GEN Stephen R. Lyons, USA, Commander, US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), recognized US Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT 2nd Dist.) and US Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA 1st Dist.) with the command’s Pegasus Award May 18, at the Capitol. Due to a scheduling conflict, US Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will be presented with her Pegasus Award at a later date. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

TRANSCOM Head Envisions Increased Intra-Theater Lift Demand
(Breaking Defense) America’s new way of war, soon to be articulated in the Joint Warfighting Concept, will require more and different intra-theater lift capabilities, says the outgoing head of Transportation Command GEN Stephen Lyons.

Eyeing China, Biden Defense Budget Boosts Research and Cuts Procurement
(Defense News) U.S. President Joe Biden’s first budget request for the Department of Defense slashes procurement by $8 billion, whacking scores of legacy weapons and systems as a way to deliver a $5.5 billion boost for the development and testing of cutting-edge technologies that could deter China. The $715 billion Pentagon request for fiscal 2022, which was sent to Congress Friday, represents an $11 billion increase and trails the rate of inflation.

Biden’s Budget Includes Boost for Transportation Purposes
(Transport Topics) President Joe Biden on May 28 unveiled a whopping $6 trillion budget proposal, which includes billions for provisions to boost transportation infrastructure. The budget, proposed for fiscal 2022 spending, will be considered by Congress, which actually sets the budget.

Connecting Partnerships for the Co-Production of Full-Spectrum Threat Intelligence
(Center for International Maritime Security) Traditional threats to global challenges of port security are now joined by threats including both physical and cyber-attacks, the potential for littoral terrorist operations—such as the maritime insertion of terrorists for the November 2008 Mumbai Attacks—and the potential for unmanned operations including aerial, surface, and underwater drones. These technological challenges will influence both state and non-state actors leading to new potentials for maritime conflict.

America Will Need the Jones Act Long After the Colonial Pipeline Crisis Is Resolved
(RealClear Defense) The disruption of the Colonial Pipeline was a devastating reminder of America’s vulnerabilities in an age of rapidly evolving threats. But while this should have been a moment for unification around national security priorities, some saw this crisis as an opportunity to propagate misguided and inaccurate attacks on the Jones Act.

Russia’s Latest Hack Shows How Useful ‘Criminal Groups’ Are to the Kremlin
(Defense One) Russian coders have little choice but to work with their government, which in turn denies any knowledge of their activities. That’s why hacking activity shows no sign of slowing.


Atlas Air Worldwide Announces Board Refreshment
(Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.) Atlas Air has announced changes to its Board of Directors. Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, USAF (Ret.) has been named Chairman. He succeeds William J. Flynn, who is retiring from the Board.

Amtrak Announces Return to Full Seating Capacity
(Amtrak) Starting May 23, Amtrak will return to selling full seat capacity on most of our trains.  While you may have someone sitting next to you, our trains offer large spacious seats, ample legroom, no middle seats, and the freedom to move about the train.

Why Partners RISE with SAP
(SAP) For businesses to thrive in a rapidly changing business environment, organizations must continuously adapt by reexamining what value they can provide customers. The pandemic greatly accelerated this need to transform. This presents a unique opportunity for SAP and our partner ecosystem to guide customers through their digital transformations.

DHL Express Strengthens Its Aviation Network and Will Launch a New Airline for the European Market
(DHL) DHL Express has announced its new roadmap for the future set-up of its European aviation network. Representing a new milestone of the Strategy 2025, the changes make way for the continued growing demand for DHL Express’s international services. As a first step, DHL Express intends to set up a new cargo airline in Austria.

Strengthening Industry Expertise to Support Client’s Supply Chain Challenges at Crane Worldwide Logistics
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) With the increased demand for consumer goods, limited air freight capacity, congested ports, and equipment shortages, those managing supply chains worldwide have challenges ahead. As a global 3PL and transportation provider, Crane Worldwide Logistics works in partnership with clients to provide solutions to the ongoing strains on the supply chain management functions since the COVID-19 outbreak.


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