The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

June 23, 2020


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


New this week on

DLA’s COVID-19 Contingency Corridor – 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.



Transportation Academy Returns to the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting
The 2020 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting (October 5-8, in St. Louis) will again host up to eighty 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 2019 event. The Fall Meeting will continue to deliver the latest knowledge in all transportation modes through interactive, 75-minute classes covering myriad fields of interest. […READ MORE…]


Partner News

Departing US Transportation Command Director Advanced Solutions to Cyberspace Challenges

By Michael P. Kleiman, US Transportation Command Public Affairs

Since joining US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) two years ago, Brig Gen Robert Lyman, USAF, Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber Systems Directorate, TCJ6, has emphasized enhancing cyberspace mission assurance.

His engaged advocacy contributed to USTRANSCOM’s Cybersecurity Service Provider team receiving the National Security Agency’s 2018 Frank B. Rowlett Trophy for Organizational Achievement last September for setting the standard—within the federal government—in securing, safeguarding, and strengthening the command’s cyber networks. […READ MORE…]


People First, Profits Follow
Mr. Don Moore, Senior Vice President of Business Rental Sales and Global Corporate Accounts, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., was a keynote speaker for the 2020 GovTravels Symposium, held February 24-26 in Alexandria, Virginia. The event, co-sponsored by NDTA and the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), brings together decision-makers from government and industry to meet, learn, and collaborate on common travel issues.

Mr. Moore provided background on Enterprise Holdings, which consists of three rental brands—Enterprise, Alamo, and National. The company has 10,000 neighborhood and airport locations in 100 countries and territories, more than 100,000 employees, and over two million vehicles in its fleet. In 2019, it reported $26 billion in revenue. […READ MORE…]


Multipurpose Vessel Overview and Operating Considerations
Will Terrill, President and CEO of US Ocean LLC and Patriot Shipping LLC, presented Multipurpose Vessel Overview and Operating Considerations during the US Flag Ocean Carrier Perspectives class at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting on October 7, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

A multipurpose vessel (MPV) has both twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) and grain capacity, it can be geared or ungeared, and its deadweight tonnage (DWT) capacity ranges from 2,000 to 35,000+ dwt. Two subsets of the MPV, the heavylift/project carriers and premium carriers can lift more than 100 metric tons (mt) and more than 250mt, respectively. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Pentagon Wants to Give Contractors an Extra Year to Remove Chinese Tech
(FedScoop) The Department of Defense is considering giving contractors an extra year to rid their networks of technology from Huawei, ZTE, and other Chinese companies.

House Lawmakers Vote to Raise Mandatory Insurance Coverage to $2 Million
(FreightWaves) Lawmakers marking up the U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the surface transportation reauthorization bill have approved an amendment to more than double the required amount of insurance coverage for truck owners from $750,000 to $2 million.

Democrats Unveil $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
(The Hill) House Democrats unveiled a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan Thursday that calls for a huge increase in funding to repair roads and bridges while expanding broadband access in rural areas.

A New Program for Those Looking to Learn the Ins and Outs of Defense Contracting
(Federal News Network) Defense contracting is a multi-hundred-billion-dollar activity. It can also be highly technical and demanding. Now the University of Oklahoma’s Graduate School of Business has launched an online graduate degree program for aerospace and defense. Joining me with the details, the program director, Shad Satterthwaite.

Congress Has Less Than a Month to Ward Off Needless Harm to the US Military
(Defense One) The ranking member of the House’s Defense Appropriations panel lays out how it would hurt to start fiscal 2021 with a continuing resolution.

In War, Chinese Shipyards Could Outpace US in Replacing Losses; Marine Commandant
(Breaking Defense) “Replacing ships lost in combat will be problematic,” Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger writes in a forthcoming paper. “Our industrial base has shrunk while peer adversaries have expanded their shipbuilding capacity. In an extended conflict, the United States will be on the losing end of a production race.”


Maersk: Innovative Rope Design Improves Vessel Mooring Safety
(Hellenic Shipping News) Maersk will begin implementation of an innovation called Snap Back Arrestor (SBA) ropes on the mooring lines used to hold vessels in place while docked in port for loading and unloading.

Transforming Government Post–COVID-19
(Deloitte) COVID-19 has forced governments to respond nimbly to rapid change—leading them to challenge some deeply held beliefs on how they should operate. Here are 10 changes that might be permanent for government.

Chapman Freeborn Acquires Arcus Air Logistics
(Chapman Freeborn) On 18 June 2020, Chapman Freeborn, a global aircraft charter specialist and company of the Avia Solutions Group (ASG), signed an agreement to acquire Arcus Air Logistics and Arcus Air OBC from the Arcus Air Group.

U.S. Bank Introduces Ways to Enhance Carrier Cash Flow and Keep America’s Supply Chains Moving
(U.S. Bank) U.S. Bank has introduced two new innovative features for freight carriers using its proprietary U.S. Bank Freight Payment platform: Cash Manager, an interactive dashboard that provides drill-down visibility into receivables, and Quick Pay, an accelerated payment option for select invoices.


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