The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

May 10, 2023

Panel Looks at Balancing Strategic Readiness and Commercial Necessities

NDTA and CNU’s Center for American Studies (CAS) present the Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC). The event will be held in less than two weeks, May 15-18 at Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Virginia. […READ MORE…]

General Expresses Concerns Over Readiness in Sealift, Air Refueling

By David Vergun, DOD News

Funding levels must enable the United States to preserve its logistical dominance, Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, said at a recent hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss the president’s fiscal year 2024 budget request. […READ MORE…]

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GAO Reports on DOD’s Efforts to Rebuild Readiness and Modernize

For decades, the U.S. has enjoyed an unchallenged military advantage. It could deploy forces when it wanted, assemble them where it wanted, and operate how it wanted. But nearly two decades of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan and the capabilities of potential adversaries—notably China and Russia—have put new pressure on U.S. forces. The U.S. military is working to rebuild readiness while also modernizing its forces to prepare for future threats. […READ MORE…]

Save the Date

Mark your calendar for the next meeting of the NDTA Rheinland-Pfalz Chapter, taking place June 1 at Ramstein Air Base.

DOT Proposes Requirements for Airlines to Cover Expenses and Compensate Stranded Passengers

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced plans to launch a new rulemaking that is aimed at requiring airlines to provide compensation and cover expenses for amenities such as meals, hotels, and rebooking when airlines are responsible for stranding passengers. […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

Rethinking Tradeoffs Between Europe and the Indo-Pacific
(War on the Rocks)  How should the United States and its allies in Europe and the Indo-Pacific prioritize across these two key regions? Europe and the Indo-Pacific are separate but increasingly interconnected theaters that require prioritization across three dimensions: time, capabilities, and policy areas.

California’s Container Ports to Develop Shared Data System
(Transport Topics)  California’s five container ports have agreed to develop a $27 million, high-tech supply chain infrastructure using a computer cloud to share data and cargo flow information to reduce delays and improve resiliency.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using AI Resources in Fleet Operations, Including ChatGPT
(Commercial Carrier Journal)  Today’s highly sophisticated and evolving Artificial intelligence (AI)-driven tools and resources are creating new opportunities for organizations. However, the actual impact AI will have on transportation fleets in the areas of improved equipment asset management strategies, and operations such as maintenance and repair (M&R), remains to be seen.

NATO Confirms Risk of Russian Attack on Subsea Infrastructure
(The Maritime Executive)  A senior NATO official has confirmed reports that Russia is using research vessels and covert “spy ship” trawlers to survey subsea cables and pipelines in Western Europe, potentially as a prelude to a future attack.

Want More Pentagon Innovation? Try This Experiment
(Defense One)  With Russia’s brazen invasion of Ukraine and China’s increasingly hostile actions in the Indo-Pacific, both bending the international rules-based order to fit their malign interests, confronting innovation challenges in defense will require a fresh approach. A key element of America’s strategy must be to counter our adversaries’ rapid acquisition and exploitation of leading technologies.


Welcome New Corporate Member
Please join NDTA in welcoming its newest Regional Patron member Gridiron Forwarding Co., Inc.!

ORBCOMM and Hapag-Lloyd Fireside Chat: The benefits of working together
(ORBCOMM)  Learn more about Hapag-Lloyd’s powerful partnership with ORBCOMM and how they were able to work together to build the world’s smartest container fleet with dry container tracking technology.

HomeSafe Alliance Joins Leading National Moving and Transportation Industry Associations
(HomeSafe Alliance) HomeSafe Alliance, prime contractor for the Global Household Goods Contract, has announced its membership in the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), International Association of Movers (IAM) and American Trucking Association (ATA).

Accenture Collaborated with Microsoft to Transform Its Azure Supply Chain
(Accenture)  Accenture helped Microsoft transform its Azure supply chain with a control tower solution that better manages network-wide inventory, generates additional cloud revenue and enhances employee efficiency.

UPS Plans to Open 7 Healthcare Logistics Facilities in 2023
(Supply Chain Dive)  UPS plans to open seven dedicated healthcare logistics facilities in 2023 as the company bolsters its capabilities in the high-value customer segment, CEO Carol Tomé said on an April 25 earnings call.


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