The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

May 5, 2023



USTRANSCOM Seeks Industry Solutions for Contested Logistics

By Jonathan Stefanko, US Transportation Command

Working with commercial partners could be the answer to modernizing the Department of Defense’s (DOD) in-transit visibility capabilities, Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, director of U.S. Transportation Command’s (USTRANSCOM) strategy, policy, programs, and logistics directorate, said April 26 at an Industry Day event, on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. […READ MORE…]

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DoD Celebrates National Small Business Week

The Department of Defense (DoD) is proud to join with our interagency partners and the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) in celebrating National Small Business Week, April 30 to May 6, 2023. The occasion provides DoD the opportunity to acknowledge the major contributions small businesses make to the national defense supply chain. […READ MORE…]

DLA Encourages Open Communication With Industry Partners During Meeting

By Nancy Benecki, DLA Public Affairs

Effective communication and working together to resolve issues were some of the topics discussed during the Defense Logistics Agency’s Industry Association Meeting at the McNamara Headquarters Complex April 25. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Defense Industry Reports Improving Post-COVID Supply Chain
(Defense News)  More than three years after the COVID pandemic began to upend supply chains around the world, some defense executives say they are starting to see signs of recovery. But supply delays and shortfalls are still posing serious challenges to some major programs.

Use Allies in Shipyard Modernization
(U.S. Naval Institute)  The Navy’s inability to repair its capital ships and return them to the fleet is a clear danger to the nation’s tenuous grasp on naval superiority. It must do better and quickly, using even nontraditional methods to increase shipbuilding capability.

Inside the Race to Arm Ukraine Before Its Counteroffensive
(Time)  For the first time, a country that’s outmanned and outgunned by a much larger invading foe is being openly armed and trained almost entirely by its allies. And, the operation to get Ukraine what it needs has had tp overcome many challenges posed by supply-chain issues, diminished manufacturing capabilities, and international logistics.

Air Force Navigation Satellite Experiment Applying Lessons From GPS
(Space News)  The U.S. Air Force Navigation Technology Satellite-3 — a flight experiment seven years in the making — is undergoing final tests ahead of a projected 2024 launch. The $250 million experiment aims to deliver novel technologies for space-based positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). It’s also seen as a test case for the management of the so-called PNT enterprise, which includes the satellites, the ground system and the receivers that allow users to talk to the satellites.


Hyatt’s Transformative Growth Continues with Announcement of Hyatt Studios, Hyatt’s First Upper-Midscale Brand in the Americas
(Hyatt Corporation)  Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced plans for Hyatt Studios, the newest addition to Hyatt’s portfolio of brands. The brand, which marks Hyatt’s entry into upper-midscale lodging in the Americas, was conceived through direct collaboration with hotel developers and listening closely to the needs of target guests.

Long Distance Mover Tips for Planning Your Household Move in Advance
(Coleman Worldwide Moving)  Don’t let the stress of moving overwhelm you. Take advantage of time and plan early. Here are a few advanced planning tips to help you get organized and stay on track for your upcoming household relocation.

U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: Truck Freight Volume Continues to Contract Nationwide Despite Major Increases in Southwest U.S.
(U.S. Bank)  According to the latest U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index, the volume of freight shipments moved via truck declined in the first quarter of 2023 by 6.1% year-over-year. This marked the fourth quarter in a row where volume has contracted on an annual basis.

Crowley to Launch Multi-Modal Service between Mexico and the U.S. Midwest and Canada Via Inland Connections by CN
(Crowley)  Crowley will launch an end-to-end, integrated ocean and rail service between Mexico and the U.S. Midwest region and into Canada. Featuring Crowley’s new Mexico-U.S. ocean route in the Gulf, the service will leverage the highly efficient inland rail network of Canadian National Railway Company and its U.S. rail subsidiaries (CN).


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