The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

June 29, 2021


We wish you a happy Independence Day. In observation of the holiday, The Source will be on hiatus next week.


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting Transportation Academy

Transportation Academy at the 2021 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting will bring 70+ classes divided into ten topic tracks. Align your schedules with a complete track or mix and match based on classes within your favorite tracks.  Please visit the Fall Meeting’s Transportation Academy in early July to view the Transportation Academy schedules. […READ MORE…]


Cybersecurity Lessons from the Field

By Ted Rybeck, Chair, Benchmarking Partners, & Chair, NDTA Cybersecurity Best Practices Committee

What does it take to be a champion of cybersecurity for the Defense Industrial Base? Especially in this time of recovery from a global pandemic, cybersecurity hinges on alignment. Success depends on three factors: a shared vision of the end game, cross-functional credibility, and a disciplined innovation process. Starting with this edition and continuing for two years, the Defense Transportation Journal will address each of the three factors by sharing cybersecurity lessons from the field based on experiences of industry leaders large and small. […READ MORE…]


Your Source

Software Development: DOD Faces Risks and Challenges in Implementing Modern Approaches and Addressing Cybersecurity Practices

For fiscal year 2021, DOD requested approximately $37.7 billion for IT investments. These investments included major business IT programs, which are intended to help the department carry out key business functions, such as financial management and health care. […READ MORE…]


Strategic Sealift Week

In early May, USTRANSCOM announced it was partnering with the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) to solicit articles on strategic sealift. The call for articles was published here in The Source.

Strategic sealift is a critical foundation upon which US military power rests. As a maritime nation separated from most of the world by vast oceans, any robust and sustained projection of US military power must ride upon the sealift fleet. But as the sealift fleet ages and great power competition intensifies, the fleet is being increasingly stressed as it is becoming ever more indispensable. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Fix the Pacific Deterrence Fund—and the Deeper Problem It Reveals
(Defense One) The Pentagon’s plan to deter China is rightly coming under fire from Congress and national security experts for double-counting planned procurement and not pursuing the missile defense, interoperability, and training investments requested by two Indo-Pacific Command chiefs. But in addition to falling short of INDOPACOM’s needs, the new defense budget fails to address the more important underlying problem: combatant commanders cannot properly organize and integrate forces in theater to tackle their most challenging operational problems.

Procurement Should Take Ownership Over Transportation and Logistics
(Supply Chain Dive) Supply chain bottlenecks happen frequently. Recent delays in transpacific shipping are a reminder of that, and it’s all the more reason procurement should take responsibility for inbound and outbound shipments.

Lawmakers Tee Up Legislation to Push DoD, Prime Contractors on Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
(Federal News Network) Prime contractors may hold the key to the Pentagon’s lack of visibility into supply chain vulnerabilities laid bare by COVID-19 last year, and House lawmakers are now preparing legislation to address the issue along with other supply challenges.

Democrats’ Two-Step Infrastructure Plan Draws Republican Ire
(Reuters) Hours after President Joe Biden declared “We have a deal” to renew the infrastructure of the United States, the Senate’s top Republican lashed out at plans to follow the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill with another measure funding what Democrats call “human infrastructure.”

FAA and Air Force Sign Agreement on Commercial Launches from Space Force bases
(Air Force Times) The Department of the Air Force signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration designed to eliminate red tape affecting commercial rocket launches at U.S. Space Force ranges, the agencies announced June 21.


Hapag-Lloyd Orders Another Six Ultra Large Container Vessels of 23,500+ TEU
(Hapag-Lloyd) Hapag-Lloyd has commissioned the South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to build six ships, each with a capacity of over 23,500 TEU. The container liner shipping company had already placed an order for six ships of the same size at the end of 2020. Thus, the fleet will be expanded by a dozen 23,500+ TEU ships in total.

Inspire the Future with 5G
(SAP) The future of the Intelligent Enterprise will depend on high-speed digital connectivity to enable powerful innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and edge services to manage supply chains and deliver new experiences. To meet this demand, 5G (fifth-generation wireless networking technology) is increasingly being deployed to process the vast amounts of data being collected from the connected devices that power the Intelligent Enterprise.

DHL Adds Sustainable Marine Fuel Option for Full-Container Load Shipments
(DHL) DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, introduces another Sustainable Marine Fuel (SMF) service for ocean freight as part of their sustainability strategy. Following the success of the launch of a similar service for Less-than-Container Load (LCL) shipments, they are now extending the carbon reduction option to Full-Container Load (FCL) shipments.

Navigating the Aftermath of a Hurricane: Data and Disaster Recovery Management
(CGI) Each year, as we enter hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, government leaders look to the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) to help them manage the different stages of a disaster. How well an organization manages the four phases – mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery – is increasingly tied to their ability to use data effectively to make better decisions and create greater visibility for all stakeholders.

Crowley Maritime and University of North Florida to Establish Crowley Center for Transportation and Logistics With $2.5 Million Gift from Company
(Crowley) Crowley Maritime Corporation and the University of North Florida (UNF) have announced that Crowley has donated $2.5 million as an endowment gift for the creation and operation of a new center of excellence named the Crowley Center for Transportation and Logistics (CCTL). The center will reside in UNF’s Coggin College of Business and utilize interdisciplinary faculty expertise from across the University.


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