The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

March 10, 2020



Houston Chapter Event Aboard the M/V Sam Houston

Join the NDTA Houston Chapter to hear the latest news from NDTA while enjoying a complimentary barbeque dinner March 25 at 5:30pm aboard the M/V Sam Houston. The event is open to all NDTA members, transportation industry professionals, and students with an interest in becoming a member. For more information, including how to RSVP, visit:


DTJ Online

Commercial Logistics: The Role of Aviation in National Security

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

When thinking about national security, there is more to consider than simply supporting the mission. The other ways commercial carriers are reinforcing national security was the subject of discussion by Michael Taylor, Global Director of Public Sector Compliance & Governance for DHL Express during the 2019 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting.

As a global express carrier, DHL connects the world from one continent to the next 24 hours-a-day, every day. The sheer magnitude of touchpoints combined with the rapid pace of such a network makes maintaining its security all the more critical and challenging. […READ MORE…]


Beyond the Headlines

The Latest from the US Air Force

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

The three senior-most leaders of the Department of the Air Force were on Capitol Hill last week, testifying in front of the House Armed Services Committee. Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen David L. Goldfein, and Chief of Space Operations Gen John W. Raymond detailed aggressive efforts the service is making to build and incorporate the newly created Space Force and modernize the full force to meet new and emerging threats.

At the same time, they acknowledged that achieving that goal within a tight budget for fiscal year 2021 demands “tough but necessary trades.” One such trade includes retiring a collection of older planes […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Oil Prices Plunge by a Third After Saudi Arabia Launches Output War
(Reuters) Oil prices lost as much as a third of their value on Monday in their biggest daily rout since the 1991 Gulf War after Saudi Arabia signaled it would hike output to win market share when the coronavirus has already left the market oversupplied.

SpaceLogistics Teams with DARPA to Service Satellites on Orbit
(C4ISRNet) SpaceLogistics will work with DARPA to develop a robotic servicing spacecraft after the company successfully docked its mission extension vehicle with a commercial satellite on orbit. SpaceLogistics, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary, will be DARPA’s commercial partner for the agency’s Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program.

The Pentagon’s First Class of Cybersecurity Auditors is Almost Here
(Fifth Domain) The Pentagon hopes to have the first class of auditors to evaluate contractors’ cybersecurity ready by April, according to a top Department of Defense official. The auditors will be responsible for certifying companies under the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

Emerging Intact from Impacts of Coronavirus Will Be a Slow Crawl for Supply Chain and Logistics
(Logistics Management) It is safe to say, at this point, society and the global economy, in a sense, will need to crawl before they walk, in order to get a handle on the ongoing and relentless impact of the coronavirus.

Have Goods, Will Deliver: Materiel Command Modernizing to Build Readiness
(Association of the United States Army) While combat troops have always been the foundation of the Army, our strategic advantage has been our ability to mobilize, deploy, move and sustain the force. From management of installation infrastructure to mobilization operations, and from deployment to sustainment in the field and redeployment, the materiel enterprise has a significant role in building and delivering Army strategic readiness.

Sea Trials Begin for Artificial Intelligence “Captain”
(The Maritime Executive) IBM and marine research organization Promare have announced that a new artificial intelligence captain (AI Captain) will enable the Mayflower autonomous ship to self-navigate across the Atlantic later this year. 


Corporate Member News

Freight Payment Shipment and Spend Indexes Fell Sequentially in the Fourth Quarter
(U.S. Bank) The freight industry is rapidly changing as more and more data becomes available. We used to be asked how to get the right data, but now organizations want to understand how they can be better prepared for what’s going to happen in the future.

The Rail Industry Is Saving Millions of Gallons of Fuel a Year — And They’re Using “Cruise Control” to Do It.
(Union Pacific) Railroads are running greener and more efficiently thanks to energy management technology. Here’s how.

Agility Update on Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Shipping Impact
(Agility) Francesc Casamitjana, Chief Commercial Officer, Agility GIL, recently provided an update to the company’s customers on the impacts of COVID-19.

Combating COVID-19 with Resilience
(Deloitte) Public authorities are taking decisive action to respond to the emerging health threat, leading the business community to reconsider the adequacy of their preparedness measures. Global Deloitte insights help businesses manage and mitigate the risk.

Bennett Celebrates 40th Annual Symposium
(Bennett International Group) Bennett freight agents, field offices and company employees recently gathered for a special weekend to commemorate Bennett’s 40th Annual Symposium.


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