The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

March 24, 2020


COVID-19 Updates

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Statement from the President of NDTA: Posturing for COVID-19
Across the Nation we are in “triage” mode.  We are taking stock of what has happened and preparing for potential additional restrictions and implications on daily life.  What the Board of Directors of NDTA has decided to focus on during this time of national emergency is communication, response to requests for assistance, and ensuring the capabilities of our transportation and logistics industry is available and leaning forward to assist our Nation.  You will see in The Source and at our efforts to share information that is useful to our defense logistics community. We are plugged into FEMA, USTRANSCOM, DTMO, DLA, OSD, and industry and will continue to advise and assist. If you have questions or concerns you may contact me directly at or Craig Hymes at

Conference Calls
DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and FEMA’s Office of Business, Industry, Infrastructure, and Integration (OB3I) Teleconference
A business and infrastructure partners call is being conducted twice weekly concerning the COVID-19. The teleconference includes an overview of the current situation, a discussion on supply chain issues, updates from available regions or sectors, and provides an open forum for questions and information sharing.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 pm EDT
  • Dial-In #: 1-800-593-7177
  • Passcode/PIN: 7963614

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Get Your NDTA Scholarship Applications in by April 15

NDTA is accepting 2020 scholarship applications for NDTA Foundation Scholarships through April 15.

We are committed to the education and development of our Nation’s future logistics and transportation leaders. With that in mind, NDTA provides scholarships to college-bound high school, university, and distance learning students. This is an important tradition that has spanned 38 years!

Don’t wait, now is the time to submit your scholarship application. For more details, including how to apply, visit or call us at 703-751-5011.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than April 15 via email to the NDTA Scholarship Committee at

Good luck and best wishes for success!


DTJ Online

Categorically Speaking: DTMO Category Management Initiatives

By Betsey Grundy & Elizabeth Blake, Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO)

The President’s Management Agenda lays out the long-term vision for modernizing the federal government. That vision prioritizes outcomes, service delivery, and effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars. An important cog in achieving that vision is category management, which focuses on procuring goods and services by applying an approach that buys smarter and leverages the immense buying power of the federal government as a whole. As a procurement strategy, category management has been around in the private sector for decades and the government is finally catching up. […READ MORE…]



Can Cloud Technologies Help Improve Readiness?

Mark Failor, Senior Director Public Sector Solutions & Alliances at Infor, explored readiness, related platforms, and how to leverage components of cloud-based technology during the Cloud-Based Platforms for Military Readiness class at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting on October 7, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Failor began by noting a shift in readiness was occurring from a phase zero peace era to a phase II prep era. Phase zero peace logistics focuses on the ability to supply and maintain. Phase II prep indicates the environment is contested, creating a need to look at mobile logistics and to focus on sustainment and repair. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

How the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act and the Defense Appropriations Act Can Prepare the U.S. for Great Power Competition
(The Heritage Foundation) A new era of great power competition will require the U.S. military to prioritize China and Russia, while maintaining readiness and expanding current capabilities. Upcoming defense authorization and appropriations bills are vital tools for Congress to help implement the National Defense Strategy and address rising threats.

Finding, Keeping, and Advancing Women in the Transportation Workforce
(Transportation Research Board [TRB]) The transportation industry is expecting an all-encompassing need for an increased qualified workforce. Retirements are creating countless new open positions in the public transit, highways, airports, and marine industries. A new outline released by TRB for how the public transit industry can—and already is—attracting, retaining, and advancing women is applicable to other modes of transportation as well.

Allies and American Foreign Policy
(War on the Rocks) Brig. Gen. (ret.) Kimberly Field, discusses the notion of grand strategy in the context of alliance relationships. Specifically, she draws on her experience serving as a U.S. representative at the United Nations and as a general officer deployed to Afghanistan as part of the NATO alliance, to examine the role that allies play in supporting and enabling U.S. grand strategic vision.


Corporate Member News

Coronavirus: Governance, Operational, Financial Reporting, and Tax Considerations
(Crowe LLP) The coronavirus pandemic is dynamic and wide-ranging with known and potentially unknown impacts. Crowe LLP gives advice on some actions you should take to protect your business.

CSX Leads North American Rail Industry with Most Ambitious GHG Emissions Intensity Reductions Goal
(CSX) CSX has become the first railroad in North America to have its new emissions intensity goal—which is consistent with reductions required to keep warming to well-below 2 degrees C—approved by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi).

Crowley Charters New Tug for West Coast Ship Assist and Escort Services
(Crowley) Crowley Maritime Corp.’s marine services group has entered into a bareboat charter with Brusco Tug and Barge for an all new RApport-design tractor tug to serve Pacific Northwest and California ports, performing ship assist and harbor escort work.

UPS Supports the Administration to Serve the Economic and Healthcare Interests of the Nation
(UPS) UPS continues to deliver for customers even as Coronavirus uncertainty is requiring greater flexibility and creativity to adapt to new social distancing and other health maintenance protocols.

The Growing Market of Shipping Perishables By Air
(Amerijet International, Inc.) Great volumes of perishables arrive daily from Latin America to Amerijet International Airlines’ hub at Miami International Airport (MIA). The airport handles 79% of all air imports and 77% of all exports between the US and Latin America.


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

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