The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

May 5, 2022


Save the Date – The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting is Taking Place October 17-20, 2022!

The 10th annual NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting is scheduled for October 17-20, 2022, at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Learn and share your knowledge with industry, government, and military partners for a deep dive into this year’s theme of “Defense Transportation & Logistics… Evolving the Strategic Advantage.” […READ MORE…]


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Two Presidential Directives Advancing Quantum Technologies Signed

A quantum computer of sufficient size and sophistication—also known as a cryptanalytically relevant quantum computer—will be capable of breaking much of the public-key cryptography used on digital systems across the United States and the world. […READ MORE…]


MyTravel Demonstration for Industry

The phased deployment of the successful Defense Travel Modernization prototype continues across the Department of Defense (DOD). The new capability, branded MyTravel, uses SAP Concur’s commercial Software as a Service (SaaS) to book travel, manage travel-related expenses, and initiate travel-related financial transactions. […READ MORE…]


TSA Officials Commemorate 20th Anniversary of the Federalization of First Airport After Its Establishment

Officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) recently commemorated the 20th anniversary of the federalization of the airport. BWI was the first airport to launch under TSA security oversight on April 30, 2002, with a security checkpoint staffed by federal TSA officers only a few months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Austin Makes Case for Military Budget to Senate Committee
(DOD News)  Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described to the Senate Appropriations Committee this week, DOD’s strategy and how the budget request supports that strategy.

Pentagon Finds Hundreds of Cyber Vulnerabilities Among Contractors
(C4ISRNet)  A U.S. Defense Department pilot program designed to root out digital vulnerabilities among contractors identified hundreds of flaws over the course of one year, organizers said.

Bank of America Sounding the Alarm on Collapsing Freight Demand
(Freight Waves)  Trucking demand is “near freight recession levels,” according to Bank of America. Shippers’ outlook on rates, capacity, and inventory levels are matching attitudes not seen since May and June 2020, when pandemic lockdowns sent freight volumes into a historic decline.

Defense Industrial Base Faces Short and Long Term Challenges
(Federal News Network)  The defense industrial base faces a lot of long-term challenges, many of which have been well documented in studies generated both inside and outside the government. But here and now concerns like inflation and the war in Ukraine have introduced a lot of new ones, ones that need to be dealt with this fiscal year.

The Real Reason Supply Chains Are Disrupted
(Supply & Demand Chain Executive)  It seems every industry and buying segment is experiencing its own sort of supply chain disruption. One easy culprit might be port congestion, but the reality is that port congestion is one tiny piece of the overall puzzle.


Video: How Military Equipment Travels From Dover Air Force Base to Ukraine
(NBC News)  In this video get a look at how several of NDTA’s members—including Atlas Air and Kalitta Air—are supporting the movement of military equipment and ammunitions from Dover AFB to Ukraine.

Ocean Carrier Chooses Virginia for New Rail Link Connecting the Mediterranean and US West Coast
(The Port of Virginia)  The Port of Virginia® is the only US East Coast stop for ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd’s reworked Mediterranean Gulf Coast Express (MGX) that will move cargo overland by rail to California via Virginia.

AAR’s Landing Gear PBL Program wins 2021 Secretary of Defense PBL Award
(AAR CORP.)  AAR CORP. was recently awarded the 2021 Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Award for its Landing Gear PBL (LGPBL) Program. The Award acknowledges Government-industry teams that have demonstrated innovative sustainment solutions.

A Pilot Project in Orlando Reveals Lessons & Opportunities for Electrification of Rental Car Fleets
(Enterprise Rent-A-Car)  The Electrification Coalition has released a new report detailing the lessons learned from a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership that pioneered the deployment of electric vehicles in a large rental car fleet. The multi-year program was led by the Electrification Coalition in partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the City of Orlando, Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition and Orlando-area resorts and theme parks, including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort.


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