The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

June 8, 2022


Global Force Projection: Evolving Port and Surface Deployment Requirements

By Sharon Lo Managing Editor, Defense Transportation Journal and The Source

“SDDC [Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command] exists to deploy, move and sustain the armed forces. To deliver readiness to the point of need at the right point at the right place every time—that is our purpose,” explained MG Heidi Hoyle, SDDC’s Commanding General. “And, as we execute this purpose as a member of the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise [JDDE], we are committed to integrating, synchronizing, and providing global deployment and distribution capabilities to deliver and sustain the joint forces in support of our nation’s objectives. […READ MORE…]


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New Federal Maritime Commission Report Released

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) has a clear and compelling responsibility to actively respond to the challenges impacting the global supply chain and the American economy. Accordingly, on March 31, 2020, eighteen days after the President declared a national emergency concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Commission launched Fact Finding 29 (FF29). […READ MORE…]


The Federal Railroad Administration Announces Over $368 Million in Grants to Improve Rail Infrastructure, Enhance and Strengthen Supply Chains

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced over $368 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program funds to 46 projects in 32 states and the District of Columbia. These investments will play a crucial role in modernizing our country’s rail infrastructure and strengthening supply chains, helping to reduce congestion and get people and goods where they need to go quickly and more affordably. The program will create good-paying jobs and benefit urban and rural communities across the country. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Fighting to Get to the Fight
(Military Times)  The strength of the United States originates at home. Our values, work ethic, ingenuity, and geographic location have paved the way for America to flourish. Correspondingly, the strength of our military also starts in the homeland.

Marine Corps Reserve Gets New Missions, New Roles, and a Whole New Design
(Marine Corps Times)  For decades, the Marine Corps Reserve was a near-mirror image of its active side counterpart. But with the shift called Force Design 2030, launched by Commandant Gen. David Berger and his staff throughout the past three years, the reserves are tailoring its force to do more.

Supply Chain Strategy Collides with Logistical Reality
(The Street)  The nature of globalization is changing. Supply chains are challenged – from tariffs to the pandemic, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The strategy recommendation is resiliency through diversification. The logistics are incredibly complex. Here is a look at some of the top factors driving this change.

With the US Distracted, Tehran and Beijing Tighten Embrace in the Middle East
(Breaking Defense)  With attention focused on the war in Ukraine, some may have missed Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe’s visit to Tehran. It is the most recent, but hardly the first, public demonstration of the evolving political, economic, and security partnership between China and Iran that presents genuine challenges for the United States and its partners.

Cyber Command Chief Confirms US Took Part in Offensive Cyber Operations
(The Hill)  U.S. Cyber Command Director Gen. Paul Nakasone confirmed for the first time that the U.S. had conducted a series of cyber operations in support of Ukraine “across the full spectrum: offensive, defensive, [and] information operations.”


Maersk Completes $644m Senator Acquisition as It Looks to Air Cargo
(Air Cargo News)  Shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk has completed the acquisition of Senator International for $644m as it looks to boost its presence in forwarding and airfreight.

With Vanpooling, Workers and Employers Find a ‘Win-Win’ Amid a Tight Labor Market, High Gas Costs
(Public Radio WBHM)  As record gas prices make driving alone a hard to justify and the tight labor market means employers want a new perk to offer that lets them recruit workers from further away, vanpooling is a good option. Co-workers rent a van from a company like Enterprise, usually in partnership with their employer and a local transit agency.

Global Guardian Awarded MAS Schedule Contract
(Global Guardian)  Global Guardian has become the first duty of care provider on the GSA MAS Contract Vehicle to offer situational awareness and visibility support services to government travelers

United Expands World’s Largest Flight Training Center to Prepare for Pilot Hiring Surge
(United Airlines)  United Airlines has announced it is expanding its Flight Training Center, already the largest facility of its kind in the world, as the airline seeks to hire an additional 10,000 pilots by 2030.

Air Transport Services Group & GA Telesis to Open Engine Maintenance Facility at Wilmington Air Park
[Air Transport Services Group (ATSG)] ATSG and GA Telesis announced they have reached an agreement with the Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA), JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Development to open a 72,000 sq. ft. Specialized Procedures Aeroengine Hospital (SPAH) at the Wilmington Air Park in southwestern Ohio.


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