The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

June 19, 2023

Enhance Your Professional Education with Transportation Academy

The 11th annual NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting will be held October 31 – November 3, 2023, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando, FL. Learn and grow with government, military, Allies, and industry partners who will share their professional experiences, ideas, solutions, and impacts related to “Advancing Power Projection with Allies and Partners.” […READ MORE…]

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Tiger Team Recommendations Aim to Optimize Foreign Military Sales

By C. Todd Lopez, DOD News

The process by which the United States sells military hardware and services to foreign nations has frequently been cited as a “pain point” by American partners and allies. But recommendations from a recently concluded tiger team aim to fix that and other issues with the foreign military sales process.  […READ MORE…]

Harnessing the Power of Data Sharing Across Government and Industry for Better Decision-Making and Speed

During the recent NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC), Mr. Bruce Busler, SES, Director, Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center (TCAC), U.S. Transportation Command and Executive Director, SDDC Transportation Engineering Agency (TEA), led a discussion designed to focus on the efforts to leverage data sharing and integration across Government and Industry systems to provide improved decision making.  […READ MORE…]

Check It Out: SDDC’s New Website

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) website has a fresh new look. Check it out and explore helpful military surface transportation resources. […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

In the Dark: How the Pentagon’s Limited Supplier Visibility Risks US National Security

(War on the Rocks)  While awareness in the Department of Defense is rising, the lack of visibility into defense supply chains makes easy targets for adversaries seeking to insert undetected risks into supply chains — silently biding time until they choose to exploit them. It is time for the Department of Defense to take bold steps to gain full visibility into defense supply chains to help mitigate the risk of acquiring U.S. equipment from foreign adversaries and/or shoddy suppliers.

The US Merchant Marine Is a National Security Necessity

(Fair Observer)  The US, once one of the world’s foremost shipping economies, has become almost entirely dependent on foreign firms to transport goods to and from its mainland. This is a vulnerability of which China is well aware. If the US does not overhaul its shipping system soon, it may be caught unprepared by a hostile naval power.

Commentary: Stop Spending Defense Production Act Money on Foreign Suppliers

(Defense News)  For the second year in a row, and just as the fiscal 2024 National Defense Authorization Act process peaks in Congress, the Biden administration’s Defense Department seeks executive branch authority to spend U.S. taxpayer Defense Production Act money with foreign suppliers, in addition to American ones.

Fewer Truck Drivers Looking to Switch Carriers

(Transport Topics)  The number of truck drivers looking to jump to a different carrier has been decreasing since last year, but that hasn’t stopped recruiters from pursuing them, according to a recent survey.

Top Cyber Threats Faced by the Aviation Industry
(Security Boulevard)  The aviation industry, like many others, is heavily reliant on digital technology. From flight operations and air traffic control to ticketing and customer service, virtually every aspect of aviation is interwoven with complex networks and systems. While this digital integration provides a host of advantages, it also makes the aviation industry a high-value target for cyber threats.

WELCOME New NDTA Corporate Member
Please join NDTA in welcoming our newest Sustaining member, Steam Logistics, LLC!

SIXT USA Opens New Car Rental Branch at Jacksonville International Airport

(SIXT North America)  SIXT USA announces the opening of its newest car rental branch today at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). With its prime position as the first car rental counter within the airport concourse, the branch provides a seamless arrival-to-rental experience to travelers. 

AAR Awarded on the USA Today America’s Climate Leaders 2023 List

(AAR CORP.)  AAR CORP. has been awarded on the USA Today list of America’s Climate Leaders 2023. This prestigious award is presented by USA Today and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. 

Maritime Jobs for Military Veterans

(Crowley)  A recent blog post explains how and why working for Crowley makes a great fit for military veterans.

NASA, Boeing Unveil New X-Plane with Net-Zero Goals

(Flying)  NASA and Boeing’s Sustainable Flight Demonstrator (SFD) project has a name: the U.S. Air Force has designated the design as the X-66A. Six months ago the space agency selected Boeing to design a single-aisle airplane that could reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 30 percent compared to other aircraft in its class.

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