The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

May 26, 2022


Thank You, SFPC Participants!

Last week NDTA and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CAS) jointly presented the NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC), “Managing Disruptions Thru the Strategic Ports to Improve Deployments,” at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. […READ MORE…]


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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Rear Admiral (Ret.) Ann Phillips as 20th Administrator of the Maritime Administration

Rear Admiral (Rear Adm.) Ann Phillips, USN, Ret., has been sworn in as the 20th Administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Nominated by President Biden on October 21, 2021, Rear Adm. Phillips was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 10, 2022. She is the first woman to lead MARAD as administrator. […READ MORE…]


Transportation Infrastructure and Supply Chain: Notes from the SFPC

William (Bill) Paape, SES, Associate Administrator for Ports & Waterways, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration led a discussion on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and how it will improve ports and surface transportation during NDTA and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CAS) Surface Force Projection Conference (SFPC). Joining Mr. Paape for the discussion were Vince Mantero, Director, Office of Ports and Waterways Planning; Branden Villalona, Director, South Atlantic Gateway Region; Brian Hill, Director, Western Gulf Gateway Region; and Gus Hein, Director, Mid-Pacific Gateway. […READ MORE…]


DLA Distribution Modernization Efforts Continue as More Centers Are Equipped with Voice Pick Technology

By Diana Dawa, DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Voice pick technology was first piloted at Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Joaquin, California, for nine months in 2019. After its success and deployment at DDJC, voice pick was incorporated into the DLA strategic plan as a fully funded enterprise solution. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks


Is Aiding Ukraine Leaving the U.S. Military Unprepared for War?
(The National Interest)  Given the sheer volume of supplies and military equipment which has been flowing from the United States and its allies into Ukraine, it has become a matter of concern whether supporting Kyiv against Russia has come at the expense of broader U.S. military preparedness. The answer, according to Pentagon leadership, is a clear and decisive “no.”

U.S. Transportation Command Kicks Off Operation Fly Formula
(US Transportation Command)  A C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft was loaded with 78,000 pounds of cargo at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, kicking off a special mission for USTRANSCOM—Operation Fly Formula.

The Dubious Prospects for Cargo-Delivery Drones in Ukraine
(War on the Rocks)  As Russian forces besieged Mariupol in recent months, some observers called for using drones to resupply Ukrainian forces and deliver humanitarian aid. But, delivery-by-drone is not ready to scale beyond limited experimentation in warzones.


The Future of Globalization (VIDEO)
(Agility)  Economic globalization contributed to a 30-year period of consistent growth that raised living standards for over 1 billion people. But what does globalization mean in 2022? At a time of hyperconnectivity in the virtual world, will this be an era of deglobalization in the physical world?

Government Can Win the Talent Race—Here’s How
(Deloitte)  Many younger employees value flexibility, purpose, well-being, and more. What can the public sector do to attract and retain this new generation of workers?

U.S. Army Materiel Command’s General Edward Daly Visits ARC’s M/V PATRIOT
[American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC)]  American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC) hosted the commander of the United States Army Materiel Command (AMC), General Edward M. Daly onboard M/V Patriot at TC Dock, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. The active vessel operation involved the upload of 79 pieces of military equipment in support of ongoing operations in Europe.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Named First School to Join Atlas Air’s Pathway to Success Program for Pilots
(Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.)  Atlas Air, Inc. has announced it has launched its Pathway to Success Program for pilots with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. This is the first school to participate in the program through which Atlas Air will recruit, train and hire qualified graduates of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Florida Aeronautical Science degree program.

Crowley Inaugurates Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Facility in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico
(Crowley)  Crowley, the longest-serving U.S. supply chain company with a nearly 70-year history in Puerto Rico, today inaugurated its state-of-the-art LNG Loading Terminal in the southern town of Peñuelas. The liquefied natural gas facility marks a major milestone and supports the island’s economy with full-service, sustainable energy solutions to industrial and commercial operators in Puerto Rico, Central America, and the Caribbean.


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