The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

May 11, 2022


Transportation Infrastructure & Supply Chain Keynote at SFPC

Join SFPC in person for a Maritime Administration (MARAD) discussion, lead by Mr. William (Bill) Paape, Senior Executive Service, Associate Administrator for Ports & Waterways, U.S. Department of Transportation/Maritime Administration. Engage with the experts about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and learn how it will improve ports and surface transportation. […READ MORE…]


Passenger Travel Hot Topics: Let’s get Serious about Rebounding, Reconnecting, and Reimagining

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

The 2022 GovTravels LITE featured a panel discussion on passenger travel hot topics. Moderated by Tony D’Astolfo, Chief Operating Officer at Serko, Ltd., the panel has become a staple of the GovTravels Conference. This year five topics were covered in-depth by the panel. […READ MORE…]


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Updates to FY 2022 Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

On March 15, 2022, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (Pub. L. 117-103, “FY22 Appropriations Act”), which appropriated $234,310,000 to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for PIDP for FY 2022. These funds are in addition to the funding ($450 million) provided for the FY 2022 PIDP grant program in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. […READ MORE…]


AMC’s Longest Flight: 24.2 Hours in a KC-46A

Airmen from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing completed a 24.2-hour flight on a KC-46A Pegasus May 5-6, 2022, to and from McConnell Air Force Base. The KC-46 is Air Mobility Command’s newest aerial refueling platform, and now after completing the 24-hour flight, holds AMC’s record for the longest duration flight in its history. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

For Russia and the West, Ukraine War Is a Study in Supply
(Defense One)  Logistics received a moment in the Congressional spotlight on Thursday, as lawmakers praised the U.S. military’s efforts to swiftly move weapons, equipment, and people to reassure European allies and help the Ukrainian military fight Russian invaders.

A Complex Operation is Involved as the U.S. Sends Weapons to Ukraine
(NPR)  Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, describes the massive task of shipping weapons to Ukraine to help in the fight against Russia.

What is the Government’s Role in Stabilizing Supply Chains?
(The Maritime Executive)  For the past two years, supply chains have drastically evolved from a fringe topic into a part of the everyday political discourse. Given that the frequency and magnitude of supply chain disruptions is poised to increase, especially from climate-related events, what should be the response from private sector and government?

Should the Freight Rail Industry Be Overhauled?
(Freight Waves)  Service disruptions at the Class I railroads have come to a head in recent weeks, and shippers and the unions representing rail workers are clamoring for changes to the freight rail industry of a magnitude to match the disruptions.

Cyber at Sea: Protecting Strategic Sealift in the Age of Strategic Competition
(Modern War Institute at West Point)  Mobilizing for war is even more complex when transportation involves a significant maritime component, which is precisely the situation the United States would find itself in should conflict with China break out. What effects on mobility could a cyberattack have and what can be done to make sealift vessels more resilient?

Too Fragile to Fight: Could the US Military Withstand a War of Attrition?
(War on the Rocks)  It has been a long time since the United States fought a high-intensity war of attrition, and the Pentagon, despite its renewed focus on large-scale combat operations, is not ready for it. Current war plans still imagine relatively quick military actions with low casualties that remain within current capabilities. The resources for a longer and more brutal conflict have atrophied or been forgotten.


Echo Global Logistics Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Roadtex Transportation Corporation
(Echo Global Logistics)  Echo and Roadtex Transportation Management, Roadtex Transportation, and Roadtex Corp (“Roadtex”) have announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Echo to acquire Roadtex. “With this transaction, Echo not only adds a national warehouse footprint but also broadens its temperature-controlled service offerings and customer base,” said Doug Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer of Echo.

ARC Moves Tunnel Boring Machine for Pawtucket Tunnel Project
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier)  ARC recently moved a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) on M/V ARC Integrity, discharging in Port Newark, New Jersey. Once assembled, the TBM will be used in the Narragansett Bay Commission’s (NBC) Pawtucket Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Tunnel project, also known as “RestoredWaters RI.”

Agility Insights: 4 Things to Watch in the Era of Re-Globalization
(Agility)  WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says we’ve entered an era of re-globalization, referring to companies de-concentrating production to guard against the supply chain turmoil caused by the COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine. But, re-globalization raises lots of big questions.

Amtrak Launches New Apprenticeship Pilot Program
(Amtrak)  Creating an official path to learn on the job and grow their skills, Amtrak announced its Apprenticeship Pilot Program, providing opportunities for professional development. Representing a mix of new hires and existing employees with diverse backgrounds, students will begin in the classroom and move to hands-on work in a specific trade.

DHL Increases Productivity with Successful Robotic Sortation Pilot in Atlanta
(DHL)  DHL eCommerce Solutions has announced it has conducted a successful year piloting two DoraSorter robotic systems in its Atlanta distribution center. The robotic sortation systems are one of the projects that are part of the company’s USD$100 million five-year automation investment plan.


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