The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

March 16, 2021



During the recent GovTravels Symposium, several of NDTA’s corporate members were presented with the association’s Corporate Distinguished Service Awards. This award recognizes corporate members that have provided outstanding service in support of NDTA’s goals and programs at the local and national levels. Those members were:

  • Amtrak
  • BCD Travel
  • CWTSatoTravel
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • mLINQS
  • National Air Cargo, Inc.
  • Omega World Travel
  • Sabre
  • SAP Concur
  • Southwest Airlines Co.
  • Travelport
  • United Airlines
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor and thank you for your outstanding support of NDTA!


Commander NORAD and USNORTHCOM Releases Strategic Vision

General Glen VanHerck, Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and US Northern Command (NORAD and USNORTHCOM) has released his strategic vision for the future and his priorities for ensuring the defense of the United States and Canada.

Intended for both NORAD and USNORTHCOM personnel and the North American public, the unclassified executive summary of the strategy describes Gen. VanHerck’s views on shaping operational conditions to meet future challenges, and on the importance of adopting a globally integrated mindset to outthink and outpace both competitors and potential adversaries. […READ MORE…]


Supplying the Troops

By Sharon Horrigan

National Industries for the Blind associated agencies’ kitting, warehousing, and distribution services for the US military are more than well-oiled machines—they’re intricately choreographed global operations.

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) associated agencies are always on the lookout for ways to expand business offerings that help carry out their mission of creating jobs for people who are blind. To grow opportunities for steady employment, some are now providing kitting services to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for the US Armed Services. Kits of all shapes and sizes are needed for troops on the move, from basic first-aid kits to portable surgeries and more. It’s an exciting area to move into that requires the precise movement of people and goods. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Task Force on Supply Chain Will Make Recommendations for 2022 NDAA
(Federal News Network) In the three months leading up to the year’s biggest defense bill, a group of representatives led by the House Armed Services Committee Chairman plan to come up with ways Congress can change the law to better the nation’s most important supply chains.

China’s Arms Sales Drop as ‘Other Nations Buy American’
(South China Morning Post) China’s arms exports have dropped over the past five years, a decline that experts have attributed to tensions between China and the US prompting some of China’s neighbors to buy more American weapons, according to a new report.

Getting Out of Forever Wars: What Are Biden’s Options in Afghanistan?
(Military Times) US counterterrorism strategy has for a quarter-century been driven by the assumption that security at home depends on fighting the terrorists abroad. How will that square with President Biden’s campaign pledge to “end the forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East?”

Redefine Readiness or Lose
(War on the Rocks) In the halls of the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, military, civilian, and congressional leaders regularly discuss the “readiness” of our armed forces. But what exactly is readiness?

What the SolarWinds Hack Tells Us About IoT and Supply-Chain Security
(Supply Chain Brain) No matter the industry, cybersecurity breaches seem to be escalating in size and scale. The sprawling hacking campaign launched by Russia three months ago—which impacted as many as 18,000 customers of the Texas-based software maker SolarWinds Corp.—is an egregious example of the far reach of a potential supply-chain attack.

GI Bill Vets May Be Less Attractive to For-Profit Schools Under New Law
(Military Times) Lawmakers on Wednesday finalized plans for major changes in for-profit colleges’ ability to recruit and enroll veterans in degree programs, but students are unlikely to see any school restrictions or closings as a result of the move for several more years.


Signals: Winter 2021
(Schuyler Line Navigation Company) The Winter 2021 edition of Schulyer Line’s Signals newsletter is available. It includes updates about the company’s latest projects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Ascension Island, and what it sees for the shipping industry in a post-COVID world.

With Increased Demand and Congressional Funding, Amtrak Restores 12 Long Distance Routes to Daily Service
(Amtrak) As part of its COVID-19 recovery efforts, Amtrak announces full restoration of daily service for 12 long-distance routes following pandemic-related schedule reductions in 2020.

APL is Participating in Operations for the U.S. Army at Dunkirk
(APL) APL has completed unloading operations of U.S. Military cargo yesterday at Dunkirk, France. The vessel arrived Saturday and carried U.S. Military cargo, including helicopters, transport vehicles and auxiliary equipment, from Texas to France for the U.S. Army’s 1st Combat Aviation Brigade.

Titan Aircraft Investments and Icelandair Announce Long-term Agreement for the Sale and Leaseback of Two Boeing 767-300ER Aircraft
(Atlas Air) Titan Aircraft Investments, the joint venture between Titan Aviation Holdings and Bain Capital Credit, today announced the acquisition of two 767-300ER aircraft from Icelandair.  These aircraft will be converted to freighters and placed on long-term leases to Icelandair.

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys Loaded on M/V Patriot at Port of Jacksonville, Florida
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group Inc. [ARC]) ARC loaded six mission-critical U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys onto the M/V Patriot at Blount Island Terminal at the Port of Jacksonville, Florida for delivery to Rota, Spain.

Choice Hotels’ Extended Stay Portfolio Continues to Achieve Resilient Performance
(Choice Hotels)  Choice Hotels International, Inc.’s extended stay portfolio, which includes economy brands WoodSpring Suites and Suburban Extended Stay as well as midscale brands MainStay Suites and Everhome Suites, continued in 2020 to outperform the industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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