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May 5, 2020


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On behalf of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), co-sponsors of the 2020 Fall Meeting — Innovative and Disruptive…20/20 Vision for The Future — we are pleased to announce the following:

  • Save The Date:  The meeting will be held from Monday, October 5th to Thursday, October 8th at the historic Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Registration:  Registration goes live on May 14th – register soon to take advantage of our early registration incentives. Register Now
  • Fall Meeting Trailer:  Are you ready to catch a vision for the future? 2020 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting Preview

Make plans now to join us for important discussions about innovations, technological advancements, COVID-19, disruptors, and space advancements.

As you register and prepare for the Fall Meeting, please know NDTA and USTRANSCOM will continue to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation.  We are optimistic and believe strongly in the importance of holding this meeting and want you to know we will keep you informed as we move forward together.

If you have questions or if we can assist you, please contact us at 703-751-5011 or send us a note to


USTRANSCOM Awards Global Household Goods Contract

By USTRANSCOM Public Affairs

US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), on behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD), awarded American Roll On Roll Off Carrier Group, Inc., (ARC) a Fixed-Price with Economic Price Adjustments, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract in the amount of $7,211,331,984 in the procurement of the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) on April 30, 2020.

“DOD families are our North Star and the reason we are making this change to the Defense Personal Property Program,” said US Army General Stephen Lyons, Commander, USTRANSCOM. “The contract was written by and for the military services, and addresses long-standing pain points DOD families have highlighted for years.”

The GHC is one aspect of a broader DOD reform plan to improve the relocation process for DOD families and integrates functions currently performed by hundreds of commercial entities. […READ MORE…]


The Role of Aviation in US National Security: Cargo Aircraft Chartering

Lewis King, Director of Albion Aviation Group described how the US Military utilizes cargo aircraft chartering during The Role of Aviation in US National Security class at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting on October 9, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

An aircraft charter is an unscheduled flight which is not part of a regular routing for an aircraft operator. Clients “rent” the entire aircraft and decide on the departure and arrival airports and flight schedule.

The US Military charters flights for a variety of reasons such as to fly to airports not served by scheduled flights, for security reasons, to complement “gray tail” capacity, or to transport cargo that is time-critical, dangerous, restricted, heavy, or outsized, among other reasons.   […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

How the Navy’s CMV-22B Osprey Helps Make Distributed Maritime Operations a Reality
(Forbes) The U.S. Navy is developing a new warfighting concept called Distributed Maritime Operations that calls for dispersing warships over vast areas and coordinating their operations via a secure communications grid.

Is Automotive CyberSecurity a National Defense Issue?
(Forbes) Recently, the US Congress released a bipartisan draft of a new autonomous vehicle bill. One of the most interesting aspects of the bill was its emphasis on cybersecurity.

Amazon Wants to Train Veterans to Start Their Own Delivery Businesses
( While Amazon reported massive growth in the first quarter of 2020, the online sales giant needs more delivery assets. And it wants American military veterans to be those assets.

South Korea: Kim Jong Un Did Not Have Surgery
(Politico) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not undergo surgery or any other medical procedure, a South Korean official said Sunday, amid speculation about his health that continues to linger even after he reappeared publicly in recent days.


Leadership Transition at International Auto Logistics
(International Auto Logistics [IAL]) IAL has announced the promotion of Rodney A. (Rod) Mallette to Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective immediately.

FEMA Cargo Flights Expand to Pittsburgh
(Blue Sky News) National Airlines planes—carrying much-needed medical supplies for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—have begun to touch down in Pittsburgh from South Korea after a brief stop in Anchorage, Alaska.

Bennett Holds New Driver Orientation Remotely During COVID-19
(Bennett International Group, LLC) Bennett has quickly developed innovative ways to continue with normal operations of the company during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these alterations to the introductory orientation for new drivers is already producing unexpected, positive results.

AAR Mobility Systems Awarded a $125 Million Sole Source Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) Contract From the US Air Force to Produce and Repair 463L Cargo Pallets
(AAR CORP.) AAR’s Mobility Systems division has been awarded a sole source firm-fixed-price (FFP) requirements contract that includes a base year with four one year option periods from the U.S. Air Force for the production and repair of 463L cargo pallets. The total contract value is $125 million.

DHL Express Mobilizes to Provide Robust Response Throughout the Americas to COVID-19 Pandemic
(DHL) DHL Express’ inbound volume from Asia has increased by approximately 200 to 300 tons due to shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical materials needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two months.

Agility DGS Begins Work on Two UK MOD Contracts
(Agility) Agility Defense & Government Services (DGS) began work May 1 on two four-year contracts to deliver solutions for the Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA), a part of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).


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