The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

June 16, 2020


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DLA’s COVID-19 Contingency Corridor – Suppliers: A restricted storefront within FedMall allowing Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Federal Government Contractors to exclusively browse and shop for non-medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and similar material offered by the commercial supplier community in support of the Federal COVID-19 relief effort.

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Post-COVID-19: How to be Lean—Without Becoming Brittle!
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. Join NDTA and the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) as they co-host the panel, Post-COVID-19: How to be Lean—Without Becoming Brittle!, on Thursday, June 25th at 2:00 pm ET. 


Warfighting By, With, & Through Our Ports

By Sharon Lo, Managing EditorDTJ & The Source

“This is a warfighting forum,” said MG Stephen Farmen, USA, Commanding General of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC). “If we go to war, we’re going to fight by, with, and through our strategic seaports.”

His comments came during closing remarks at the 2019 Conference on America’s Ports, presented by NDTA and Christopher Newport University’s (CNU) Center for American Studies and in conjunction with SDDC, the US Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). The event was held on the CNU campus in Newport News, Virginia, April 30-May 2, 2019. The conference brings together US 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 US national security objectives. […READ MORE…]


Can the Cloud Improve Data Analytics?
Risa Savold, Technical Director, Public Sector at Infor, presented “Can the Cloud Improve Data Analytics?” during the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting on October 7, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

 Data is a strategic asset. Software applications may change over time, but even when that occurs, it is imperative to maintain control of your data. While the cloud can help enable that control, you must be thoughtful in how to use the cloud.

 Utilizing the cloud to store data starts with understanding data’s unique characteristics, which will allow you to recognize the challenges and advantages it presents. There are ten common attributes of data that begin with the letter V: Volume, velocity, variety, variability, veracity, validity, vulnerability, volatility, visualization, and value.  […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

As a Global Superpower, America Depends on World-Class Logistics Providers
(The National Interest) One area where the United States has a significant advantage over any other nation, particularly potential adversaries, is in logistics.

TRANSCOM Pulls Back $7 Billion Contract to Privatize Military Household Goods Moves
(Military Times) A $7.2 billion contract for outsourcing the management of moving service members’ household goods has been pulled back by the U.S. Transportation Command.

Air Force Acquisition Chief Wants to Reshape Defense Industrial Base
(Federal Computer Week) The Air Force’s increasing interest in startups isn’t just to get a taste of innovation but completely change the defense industrial base by pivoting away from the defense prime model (while still working with those companies) and create a new industrial base that more easily allows tech companies to simultaneously work with the Defense Department and the commercial sector.

DOD Unveils Women, Peace, Security Strategy
(US Department of Defense) Global conflict is evolving, and to illustrate that the United States military needs the expertise and viewpoints of all members of society for success. DOD has published the Women, Peace and Security Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan as part of a national effort to promote the safety, equality and meaningful contributions of women around the world, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said.

Senate’s Defense Bill Looks to Pump Money into Shipbuilding Suppliers
(Defense News) Despite howls of criticism from Congress over the Navy’s seven-ship budget request earlier this year, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of the National Defense Authorization Act stopped short of adding extra ships. Instead, lawmakers are opting to authorize the purchase of long-lead-time materials to keep the industrial base healthy.


Summer 2020 Compass Newsletter
(CWTSatoTravel) CWTSatoTravel has released the summer 2020 issue of its Compass newsletter. This edition features articles related to travel in the age of COVID-19, among other topics.

Powering a Superload
(Landstar) It’s not a crystal ball, but independent Landstar Agent Mike Meyer has the next best thing … technology to predict the best transportation route for moving 240-foot long windmill blades. The technology supports the immense amount of planning involved by Meyer and his team at TLG Transport Inc. to move his customer’s superload safely to its destination. 

DHL Express to Add Hundreds of Jobs at US Airport Gateways and Hubs
(DHL) DHL Express is adding approximately 400 new jobs in the United States due to a double-digit volume increase in shipments compared to last year.

Wyndham Grows Soft-Branded Trademark Collection, Adds Value for Independent Hoteliers
(Wyndham Hotels & Resorts) Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is expanding its soft-branded Trademark Collection by Wyndham®, the fastest-growing brand in the Company’s portfolio, with new hotels across the U.S., Canada, and Germany.

UPS Healthcare Continues Global Facility Expansion to Meet Growing Demands in Key Markets
(UPS) UPS has announced a series of facility expansions to its healthcare-dedicated warehouse and distribution network in key global markets.


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