The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

March 15, 2022


SFPC: MG Mark T. Simerly, USA

Register here today. Early Bird deadline ends April 17, 2022.

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CAS) is pleased to announce MG Mark T. Simerly, USA, as our first keynote speaker at the NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC) May 17-19, 2022, at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. […READ MORE…]


Ukraine War and Anti-Russia Sanctions on Top of COVID-19 Mean Even Worse Trouble Lies Ahead for Global Supply Chains

By Tinglong Dai, Professor of Operations Management & Business Analytics, Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University for The Conversation

Francis Fukuyama, the American political scientist who once described the collapse of the Soviet Union as the “end of history,” suggested that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine might be called “the end of the end of history.” He meant that Vladimir Putin’s aggression signals a rollback of the ideals of a free Europe that emerged after 1991. Some observers suggest it may kick off a new Cold War, with an Iron Curtain separating the West from Russia. […READ MORE…]


Ethics Training for Industry and Government, Department of Human Resources Activity

Speaker: Thomas Serrano, Office of General Council

“Ethics at heart are moralistic principles—the concepts of right and wrong—applied to a profession,” explained Thomas Serrano, Legal Counsel to the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) and Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA). His comment was made as part of his presentation, Ethics Training for Industry and Government, Department of Human Resources Activity, the first in a series of four Travel Academy sessions that are part of the 2022 GovTravels [LITE] virtual event. […READ MORE…]


Planned Fort Lee Facility to Help Train Military Members to Load, Unload Ships

Article & photo by Terrance Bell, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Lee Public Affairs

Preparation work has begun on a new land ship training facility that will enhance the installation’s multimodal training area. A groundbreaking ceremony for the facility took place on March 8 at Training Area 10, also called the multimodal training area, in the northeast quadrant of the main post near the main exchange. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Navy’s Next 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan Could Avoid Details–Again
(Defense One)  The Navy’s next 30-year shipbuilding plan expected to be submitted with the fiscal 2023 budget request could again be short on details, despite negative reactions when they did the same thing last year.

Some States Want to Give Drivers a Gas Tax Holiday. But that Might Not Be a Wise Move.
(CNN)  As Americans reel from skyrocketing gasoline prices, a growing number of states are looking to provide residents with a little relief by suspending their gas taxes. But suspending the state gas tax actually may not do much to help drivers, and it could hurt state budgets and delay road improvements.

Between Retiring Old Aircraft and Modernizing, Guard and Reserve Watch for Readiness Gaps
(Air Force Magazine)  Aging aircraft, limited sustainment funds, and still-in-progress modernization are combining to cause concerns about readiness gaps in the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, leaders said during the AFA Warfare Symposium.

Disease Outbreak and National Security: Drawing Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis to Improve Emergency Response
(Texas National Security Review)  COVID-19 has highlighted the need to think about treating disaster response, in particular to disease outbreaks, as a national security challenge and has thrown a spotlight on the gaps in the statutory framework that authorizes emergency and disaster response.

Hydrogen Fuel Could Change the Way Aircraft Work, and Look
(Popular Science)  A transition to hydrogen would mean rethinking a great deal about aircraft design. A futuristic Airbus test will help experts learn more.


THANK YOU – NDTA Corporate Member Upgrade
NDTA thanks Patriot Contract Services, LLC for becoming our newest Chairman’s Circle PLUS member!

Embracing Digital Logistics with LMI’s LogSmart
(Federal News Network) Most government logistics managers see great opportunity in the intersection of data, analytics, and logistics but also a daunting landscape of proprietary tools, widgets, and capabilities. LMI developed LogSmart to break through the confusion and inertia that can inhibit the timely delivery of digital logistics and sustainment capabilities within federal agencies.

Maersk Establishes First Global Methanol Production Network
(The Maritime Executive) A.P. Moller – Maersk is forming strategic partnerships around the globe to create the first global supply infrastructure for green methanol production as it seeks to spur efforts toward the decarbonization of the shipping industry.

ATSG Subsidiary Cargo Aircraft Management Inducts Its First A321 to Freighter Conversion
[Air Transport Services Group (ATSG)] ATSG has announced that its leasing subsidiary Cargo Aircraft Management has begun its first Airbus A321 aircraft for passenger-to-freighter conversion. PEMCO Conversions, a division of wholly-owned ATSG subsidiary Pemco World Air Services, Inc., inducted the aircraft today for conversion at its Tampa, Fla. facility.

ARC Delivers Tunnel Boring Machine to Norfolk, Virignia
[American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC)] ARC recently discharged a large Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) at the Port of Norfolk’s NIT North Terminal in support of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. Once reassembled, the TBM will be 46 feet tall, more than 430 feet long, and weigh more than 9 million pounds.


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