The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

March 17, 2020



Coronavirus National Emergency Resources & Information

At NDTA, we are committed to maintaining a strong national defense, no matter the threat. And, there is no doubt that the Coronavirus is a threat to global and US national security. In response, NDTA will do all it can to support government and industry efforts to defeat this new threat.

With that in mind, we are seeking to maintain strong communication links between government and industry, and we will use our media resources to educate and share information that we believe is timely and helpful. We ask everyone in the NDTA community to help us by sharing your concerns and insights. The NDTA headquarters staff will primarily be teleworking until at least the end of March but will be available via email.

General Information
DOD has set up a dedicated page with information on its response to the Coronavirus at The page includes guidance specific to the Pentagon Reservation and DOD offices and facilities in the National Capital Region. In addition, recent DOD news articles on Coronavirus are available. […


DTJ Online: From the Archives 

The Ebola Response, A Case Study

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

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is dominating the news, but it wasn’t so long ago the world was responding to another crisis—the Ebola outbreak. During the 2015 Fall Meeting, a roundtable discussion shed light on what was required to achieve mission success during the Ebola response.

The panel moderator was Maj Gen Wayne Schatz, USAF, who at the time he served as the Vice Commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC). Roundtable participants included Maj Gen Jim Vechery, USAF, who was the Director of Logistics, USAFRICOM; Mr. Jeff Crippen, President and CEO of Omni Air International; Mr. Guy Beougher, then Executive Director, Logistics Operations, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA); and Mr. Bleu Hilburn who was Director of Logistics for Crowley.                                    

The circumstances and scale of the two outbreaks may differ—Coronavirus is a pandemic, while Ebola was an epidemic. However, examining past responses may provide insights as to how to shape our current actions. Especially if (or hopefully when) vaccines or other treatments for Coronavirus become available, the logistical lessons learned from Ebola may become increasingly relevant. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Doing Right by Forgotten American Heroes of the Merchant Marines
(New York Post) United States Merchant Mariners suffered the highest rate of casualties of any service in World War II. In long overdue recognition, President Trump has now signed into law a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to those United States Merchant Mariners who served as the fourth arm of our national defense during World War II.

7 Military Move Changes Coming This Spring
( Officials are rolling out a series of small changes aimed at making military moves a little less stressful, just in time for 2020’s busiest permanent change-of-station (PCS) period.

DOD Awards Contracts for Development of a Mobile Microreactor
(Department of Defense) The Department of Defense has awarded three contracts to begin design work on a mobile nuclear reactor prototype under a Strategic Capabilities Office initiative called Project Pele.

Forget Fuel Tanks and Batteries: This New Electric Jet Concept Uses Air Friction to Generate Power
(Robb Report) While the most current trend in business aviation is all about creating the next generation of electric and hybrid-powered aircraft, a new kind of space race could emerge if the physics actually support the theory behind Eather One, which uses friction between the air and high speeds of the jet as its primary source of renewable, on-demand energy.

What Taiwan Can Teach the World on Fighting the Coronavirus
(NBC News) Taiwan put lessons it learned during the 2003 SARS outbreak to good use, and this time its government and people were prepared.

US Military Scientists Hope to Have Coronavirus Therapeutic by Summer
(Defense News) A US military research program that seeks a new way to boost a body’s immunity to viruses could change how governments and militaries prepare for pandemics—and might even arrive soon enough to help with the COVID-19 outbreak.


Corporate Member News

ARC Ships Carry DEFENDER-Europe 20 Cargo
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier [ARC]) Throughout February and March, multiple ARC ships have been moving cargo from U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports to various ports in countries across North Europe to be used in exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20, the largest NATO exercise in Europe for U.S. forces in 25 years. ARC Group is also providing stevedoring and related logistics support for the exercise.

Enterprise Holdings Supports US Government Vehicle Rentals
Enterprise Holdings has made two immediate changes to its process to support US government vehicle rentals. First, the minimum age to rent has been changed from 21 to 18 for all members of the military and US government employees renting for personal needs. Second, Enterprise will waive one-way fees for members of military and US government employees renting for business needs. Both changes are effective throughout the US at all Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car locations from March 15 through the end of May.

Amtrak Takes Active Measures to Maintain a Safe Environment
(Amtrak) Amtrak details steps it is taking to protect customers during travel, as well as information regarding service impacts.

Kintetsu World Express and Chapman Freeborn Support Relief Cargo into South Sudan
(Chapman Freeborn) Kintetsu World Express, in partnership with Chapman Freeborn, recently completed a series of seven Airbus A300F charter flights from Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, uplifting over 230,000kg of aid and relief materials.

Panic Buying is Taking Hold of Essential Items
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) Around the world, it has been widely reported that panic buying is emptying shelves. Business processes are being tested by this unforeseen demand and it is impacting the whole supply chain for some organizations.


The Source is a free educational publication for NDTA members, conference attendees, and associates. 

Share This