The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

May 4, 2021


SFPC Start in 2 Weeks

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CAS) jointly present the NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference (Virtual): From CONUS to the INDO-PACIFIC Region, May 18-20, 2021. […READ MORE…]


NDTA North Florida-Jacksonville Chapter Invites You to Lunch and Learn

Join NDTA’s North Florida-Jacksonville Chapter on Wednesday, May 12th at 11:30 EDT for a virtual lunch and learn. The meeting will feature guest speaker, Bill Martin, Principal Data Strategist with 3Cloud Solutions. Mr. Martin will be discussing data readiness to support advanced government supply chain integration requirements, and the security required to protect data.

The presentation platform will be Microsoft Teams:

  • Microsoft Teams meeting
  • Join on your computer or mobile app

Please visit our website, and register under the events link.


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CYBERSECURITY ADVISORY: Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Exploiting Five Publicly Known Vulnerabilities to Compromise U.S. & Allied Networks

The National Security Agency (NSA), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have jointly released a Cybersecurity Advisory, “Russian SVR Targets U.S. and Allied Networks,” to expose ongoing Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) exploitation of five publicly known vulnerabilities. This advisory is being released alongside the U.S. Government’s formal attribution of the SolarWinds supply chain compromise and related cyber espionage campaign. This advisory is also being published to highlight additional tactics, techniques, and procedures being used by SVR so that network defenders can take action to mitigate against them. […READ MORE…]


Ship to Shore Support Around the World

Story and photo by SSG Elizabeth Bryson, USA

This year, DEFENDER-Europe exercises will kick off in Durres, Albania, with a Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore operation that will demonstrate the awesome power of US Joint Forces, working together with international partners and allies, as they move more than 800 pieces of heavy equipment and a storehouse of supplies from ship to shore to support thousands of Troops in the field as they train to respond to threat or crisis at any place, anytime, anywhere in the world. […READ MORE…]


Call for Articles: USTRANSCOM Wants Your Writing on Strategic Sealift

By Dr. André Kok, Public Affairs Specialist, USTRANSCOM

Submissions Due: June 8, 2021
Week Dates: June 21-25, 2021
Article Length: 1000-3000 words

United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) is a unified, functional combatant command of the Department of Defense (DOD), providing support to the ten other U.S. combatant commands, the military services, defense agencies, and other government organizations. The command conducts globally integrated mobility operations, leads the broader Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise, and provides enabling capabilities in order to project and sustain the Joint Force in support of national objectives. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Four Ways a China-U.S. War at Sea Could Play Out
(Bloomberg) There are four distinct maritime “flashpoint” zones, where the Chinese navy may potentially take military against the U.S. and its allies, partners, and friends: the Taiwan Strait; Japan and the East China Sea; the South China Sea; and more distant waters around China’s other neighbors, including Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, and India. 

DHS Announces Extension of REAL ID Full Enforcement Deadline
(Transportation Security Administration) Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Sea Power Backers Propose $25 Billion to Fix US Shipyards
(Defense News) As the U.S. Navy grapples with outdated maintenance facilities and a fleet stretched by maintenance backlogs, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers are proposing a $25 billion cash infusion for public and private shipyards timed for Congress’ debate on a massive infrastructure package.

USAF Logistics Chief Raises Urgent Warning on Surge Capacity
(Aviation Week) A recent internal study shows more than nine out of 10 repairs performed by the defense industry on U.S. Air Force aircraft are by a sole-source vendor, the service’s top logistics official said on April 28.

Commander Says Africa Is Too Important for Americans to Ignore
(DOD News) Africa is a fascinating continent of tremendous possibilities but also tremendous dangers, and the U.S. ignores the nations of Africa at its own peril, the commander of the U.S. Africa Command said during an interview.

Digitizing President Biden’s Supply Chain Strategy
(Supply & Demand Chain Executive) Supply chain was one of the most urgent yet perplexing terms on the minds of business leaders in 2020, along with personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, and work-from-home. Its status and importance were cemented with President Biden’s new Executive Order designed to shore up critical components and improve the resiliency of America’s supply chains.


Amtrak Sustainability Report
(Amtrak) Amtrak has released its sustainability report for the period of 10/1/2019 to 9/30/2020. The report provides details on Amtrak’s achievements in the Environmental Sustainability arena, as well as examples of the company’s resilience and response to the most difficult year in its 50-year history.

TOTE Releases Marlin Report
(TOTE Puerto Rico) Read the latest issue of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico’s newsletter, The Marlin Report, for important news and information.

Port of San Diego to Double Shore Power at Cruise Terminals
(Port of San Diego) The Port of San Diego is doubling shore power capability at its B Street and Broadway Pier cruise ship terminals to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on and around San Diego Bay.

Hyatt Unveils New Suite of Events Offerings, Together by Hyatt
(Hyatt Hotels Corporation) Hyatt has announced Together by Hyatt, a new suite of events offerings designed to meet planners where they are on their journey to return to events by simplifying and streamlining event planning and execution, with attendee safety and wellbeing as top priorities.


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