The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

March 23, 2023


NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference May 15-18, 2023 — Opening Day Events and Agenda — Register Today!

NDTA and CNU’s Center for American Studies (CAS) present the Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC) to bring together U.S. government and industry logistics and transportation experts and members of the Joint Logistics Enterprise (JLE), to examine this year’s these “Achieving Surface Deployment at the Speed of War Supporting Large Scale Operations.” The event will be held May 15-18, at Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Virginia. […READ MORE…]


Government and Maritime Industry Executives Discuss Readiness

By USTRANSCOM Public Affairs

Officials from the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Transportation (DOT), and executives from the U.S. maritime industry met in New Orleans last week to discuss wartime readiness and strengthen their strategic relationships. […READ MORE…]


Upcoming Virtual Chapter Meeting to Feature Maj Gen Laura L. Lenderman, Director of Operations, USTRANSCOM

Join the US NDTA Virtual Chapter for its next meeting on April 12th, 2023, at 1400 EST / 1300 CST. The meeting will feature guest speaker Major General Laura L. Lenderman, USAF. Maj. Gen. Lenderman is the Director of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. […READ MORE…]


USTRANSCOM Ramps Up Collaboration to Implement Global Household Goods Contract

By USTRANSCOM Public Affairs

United States Transportation Command is gaining momentum on its efforts to begin a phased launch of personal property shipments moving under the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) in September of 2023. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

DoD’s Office of Strategic Capital Open for Business
(Federal News Network)  After a year in development, the Defense Department’s Office of Strategic Capital (OSC) announced its plans to move into business partnerships, and it’s starting with the Small Business Administration (SBA).

SpaceX Mission May Herald Era of Low-Cost, Reliable Space Transport
(C4ISRNet)  The Pentagon’s interest in using space launch vehicles to quickly transport cargo and personnel around the globe has its origins in the space race of the 1950s, though technology, feasibility and cost constraints have kept the concept out of reach for decades. A SpaceX mission scheduled to launch in March could be a significant step toward changing that.

Marines Update Logistics Doctrine from 1997 ― Here’s What’s Inside
(MarineTimes)  The Marine Corps has published Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 4, an updated version of logistics doctrine from 1997. The new doctrine rehashes some of the concepts from Installations and Logistics 2030, but it is focused less on concrete plans and more on the philosophy of logistics.

Incentivizing Driver Excellence
(Transport Topics)  To remain competitive in a persistently challenging labor market, trucking companies and fleet operators are exploring performance-based pay models to help boost driver retention and recruiting.

The Pentagon’s 2024 Budget Proposal, In Short
(Defense One)  The Pentagon’s share of the fiscal 2024 budget request sent to lawmakers totals $842 billion—a defense-spending figure that jumps past $886 billion with the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons work and other federal projects. It includes the largest-ever requests for procurement of weapons; research-and-development spending; and space-related activities, according to a senior defense official who characterized the spending plan as a continuation of the Biden administration’s China-focused defense strategy unveiled last year.

How Might ChatGPT Help Supply Chains?
(Supply Chain Digital)  ChatGPT has been one of the hottest trending topics of 2023, and has been because the world is intrigued, and a little unsure, about the role such technology will – and should – play in our work lives.


THANK YOU – NDTA Corporate Members
NDTA thanks Naniq Global Logistics LLC for joining and Sealift Inc. for upgrading to become our newest Chairman’s Circle members! We also welcome Europcar as a Sustaining member!

Investor Group Led by Apollo, Together with J.F. Lehman & Company and Hill City Capital, Completes Acquisition of Atlas Air Worldwide
(Atlas Air Worldwide) Atlas Air Worldwide has announced that the investor group led by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo, together with investment affiliates of J.F. Lehman & Company and Hill City Capital, has completed its previously announced acquisition of the Company. The Company will continue to maintain its global presence, continue to operate under the Atlas Air Worldwide name and be led by President and Chief Executive Officer John Dietrich and the Company’s current executive leadership team.

AAR Acquires Trax, a Leading Provider of Aircraft MRO and Fleet Management Software
(AAR CORP.)  AAR CORP. has acquired Trax USA Corp., a leading independent provider of aircraft MRO and fleet management software. Trax’s comprehensive solutions support the entire spectrum of maintenance activities and create the system of record required by airlines, MROs, and government aircraft operators.

Acting Responsibly Ashore and at Sea – Hapag-Lloyd Presents Sustainability Report 2022
(Hapag-Lloyd)  Hapag-Lloyd has published its Sustainability Report 2022, outlining the various measures which were taken in 2022 to move towards a more sustainable future. The report highlights Hapag-Lloyd’s commitment to clean shipping and environmental protection, as well as its numerous aid campaigns carried out with employees worldwide.


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