The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

May 29, 2024

Register Now for the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting

Registration is now open for the 12th annual NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting scheduled for October 7 – 10, 2024, at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, MO. Industry, government and military partners will gather to learn, and share ideas, solutions and impacts related to “Accelerating Decision Advantage Across Defense Transportation & Logistics.”  The Fall Meeting includes General Sessions, Meetings and Expo Hall, plus a robust Transportation Academy, covering relevant logistics and transportation topics to enhance your leadership, networking, educational and career goals. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for registrants attending the full program. See details related to CEUs in the registration pages. […READ MORE…]

Fueling the Fight: USTRANSCOM Closes Gaps with Industry

By USTRANSCOM Global Bulk Fuel Management and Delivery Division

In an era defined by technological advancements and global conflicts, the relationship between industry and the Department of Defense (DOD) has forged groundbreaking innovations and reshaped the landscape of modern warfare. From pioneering aerospace technologies to revolutionizing communication systems, the collaborative efforts between the civilian enterprise and the US Military have driven the nation’s defense capabilities to unprecedented heights. However, in a resource-constrained environment, it is critical for the DOD to consider not only its warfighting platforms but also what fuels them. […READ MORE…]

Travel/Transportation Technology Coming Your Way

In the ever-evolving landscape of government and military operations, the seamless integration of travel, transportation, and cutting-edge technology stands as a pivotal frontier. GovTravels 2024 keynote speaker Rita Visser, Director Global Travel Sourcing & GPO at Oracle, offered profound insights into this future. With three decades of travel industry experience, including a significant focus on government contracts through Oracle’s recent acquisition of Cerner, Visser’s perspectives bridge the gap between commercial travel innovation and its applications within government and military travel. […READ MORE…]


Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Climate and Transportation Research Center

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced $1.7 million in research funding for a Climate Change and Transportation Research Center at the University of California, Davis. The new Center for Emissions Reduction, Resiliency, and Climate Equity in Transportation, established through a cooperative agreement with DOT, will support the DOT Climate Change Center as well many related Department climate and research programs. […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

How the Space Force Plans to Surge a Commercial Fleet During Wartime

(Defense One)  A new program, the Commercial Augmentation Space Reserve or CASR—based on the concept of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet—will ensure the Space Force can rely on commercial vendors’ space systems throughout a “spectrum of conflict,” said Col. Richard Kniseley, director of the Space Force’s year-old Commercial Space Office.

Op-Ed: Senator Kelly Throws U.S. Maritime Industry a Lifeline — Let’s Seize It

(gCaptain)  Following encouraging remarks from the Secretaries of Transportation and the Navy, Senator Mark Kelly delivered a compelling speech at the National Maritime Day ceremony. He emphasized the necessity to revitalize both the United States Merchant Marine, shipbuilding and the broader US maritime industry. 

Amid Rising Threats to Critical Infrastructure, CISA Developing ‘Physical Security’ Goals

(Federal News Network)  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is known for putting out cybersecurity advisories and guidance that help network defenders stay aware of the latest digital threats and best practices. But the infrastructure security division at CISA is also working on ways to raise awareness about all-encompassing “physical security” threats to critical infrastructure sectors.

Rethinking U.S. Africa Policy Amid Changing Geopolitical Realities

(Texas National Security Review)  Since 2020, Africa has seen more political unrest, violent extremism, and democratic reversals than any other region in the world. the continent has served as a stage for the escalating great-power competition between China, Russia, and the United States. U.S. engagement with Africa has long been deprioritized in Washington, but there are a few actions the United States can take to reinvigorate democracy and stabilize the region.

Embracing the Possibilities: Trucking’s AI Transformation

(Transport Topics)  The rise of artificial intelligence promises to change the way people work and how companies manage their businesses in all sorts of industries, and freight transportation is no exception. This transformation is not something that will arrive in the distant future, but a process that is already underway as technology developers begin to unlock the potential of AI and businesses start using it to solve various challenges.

Newport News Yard Seeks Experienced Workforce for Nuclear Shipbuilding

(Defense News)  HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding is taking its recruitment efforts on the road as it looks to bring in more employees to expand its nuclear shipbuilding workforce. The yard plans to hire 3,000 skilled tradespeople this year, but it needs to bring in 19,000 over the next decade. The existing training pipelines in the Hampton Roads region is unable to funnel enough new employees toward Newport News.

AAR CFO Sean Gillen Featured on WBBN News Radio

(WBBN Newsradio)  Illinois has the fastest growing airport in the world and surprise—it’s not in  Chicago! The state’s giant footprint in aviation extends well beyond O’Hare and Midway Airports. Sean Gillen, senior vice president and CFO of AAR in Wood Dale, joins Rob Hart on the WBBM Noon Business Hour to explain.

Synthetic Dunnage: A Sustainable Trucking Initiative

(Carlile Transportation)  Building the perfect cargo load requires expertise and the right tools to keep items safe and secure for the journey ahead. Carlile explains how it’s 2021 sustainable dunnage lives on in 2024.

Deloitte: Summer Travel Stays the Course Amid Pricing Pressures

(Deloitte)  As costs takeoff, shifting demographics and desire to stretch dollars are changing how Americans travel. In its new report, “Vacations Pass the Value Test: 2024 Deloitte Summer Travel Survey,” Deloitte examines the trends and preferences that could shape the upcoming summer travel season.

Forbes Spotlights Enterprise Mobility as One of the World’s Best Private Companies

(Enterprise)  Enterprise Mobility was featured in Forbes magazine as one of the world’s best private companies. The article, available online and in the June/July 2024 issue, showcases the organization’s growth and diversification from Jack Taylor’s founding of the business to the mobility leader it is today.

Airport and Ground Handling Services for Cargo Air Charters

(Chapman Freeborn)  One of the major factors that global economic growth depends on is delivering goods safely and efficiently. The latter, in turn, starts with proper cargo handling services.

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