The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

May 19, 2022


SFPC, National Transportation Week, and National Defense Transportation Day Shine Spotlight on Transportation

This week the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CAS) are jointly presenting the NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC) at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. The event’s theme is “Managing Disruptions Thru the Strategic Ports to Improve Deployments.” […READ MORE…]


TSA PreCheck Benefit Lets You Travel with Ease

By TSA Strategic Communications and Public Affairs

For many, this summer marks a return to travel. The weather is warming up, and people are making plans. As summer approaches, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects travel volumes to continue to match and slightly exceed pre-pandemic levels. The TSA recommends passengers arrive in plenty of time to check in, check luggage, and complete security screening. […READ MORE…]


New U.S. Expeditionary Rail Embarkation Capability, Deterrent Tested in Europe RAIL Kit is Designed for Rapid Deployment, Assembly, Maneuverability of Heavy Armor

By US Transportation Command

A game-changing capability sponsored by U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) offering greater flexibility to offload combat power is now being used in the European theater. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Making a Military Move This Summer? Roadblocks Continue.
(  The military moving season will soon shift into high gear, and there’s even more reason for service members and families to be organized and flexible if they’re heading to a new duty station this year.

Biden to Redeploy Up to 500 Troops to Somalia
(The Hill)  President Biden will redeploy up to 500 U.S. troops in East Africa to Somalia. The troops, who are being repositioned from neighboring countries, will help establish a “small, persistent U.S. military presence in Somalia,” according to a senior administration official.

A Severe Pilot Shortage in the U.S. Leaves Airlines Scrambling for Solutions
(CNBC)  The United States is facing its worst pilot shortage in recent memory, forcing airlines to cut flights just as travelers are returning after more than two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. The crisis has the industry scrambling for solutions.

The Supply Chain’s Little-Known Weakest Link: Railroad Workers
(Politico)  In the scramble to bring prices back down, one obstacle is slowly garnering more attention: a decimated railroad workforce, which agency officials say is impeding efforts to transport goods and, in doing so, further hobbling an already-delicate supply chain.

Defense Logistics Agency has ‘Secret Sauce’ for Deploying Software Bots
(FedScoop)  Roughly three years into their journey deploying software-based bots — including many that are unattended — Defense Logistics Agency officials are observing big impacts they never predicted early on.


FedEx and Aurora Expand Autonomous Commercial Linehaul Trucking Pilot in Texas Ahead of Schedule
(FedEx)  Aurora Innovation, Inc. and FedEx Corp. have announced the expansion of their pilot program to autonomously move FedEx shipments on an additional commercial lane in Texas.

U.S. Transportation Command’s General Van Ovost Visits M/V ARC INTEGRITY
[American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group (ARC)]  ARC hosted the commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, onboard M/V ARC Integrity at TC Dock, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. The active vessel operation involved the upload of various types of military equipment in support of the nation’s national security interests in Europe as it relates to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Landstar Offers Real-Time Shipment Visibility with Automated Tracking Tool
(Landstar)  Landstar Clarity™, Landstar’s new proprietary freight-tracking exception-management tool, is enabling Landstar independent freight agencies to be even more competitive in the technology-driven transportation industry through shipment visibility and tracking.

Atlas Air Worldwide Releases 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance Report
(Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.)  Atlas Air has announced the release of its 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, which outlines the company’s sustainability and corporate responsibility achievements in 2021 under its four ESG pillars: Environmental Stewardship; Career, Culture & Equity for Our People; Social Impact & Community Engagement; and Responsible Business Growth.


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