The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

November 16, 2021


The Source will be on hiatus next week. We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.


Toys for Tots 2021

Ever wonder how Santa gets around to all the children in just one night?

He has lots of help! Elves, Marines, & You!

Join NDTA in our 13th Year of Support for the Annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. We are very excited to invite you to participate in this annual program and help keep Christmas alive for a child in need. […READ MORE…]


Kendall Calls for ‘Technically and Operationally Innovative Approaches’ to Meet Logistics Challenges

By Charles Pope, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Offering equal doses of praise and objective—but disquieting—Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall told a major gathering of military and defense logistics experts that the United States’ ability to move people and goods anywhere, at any time, has been unrivaled. But he warned that the nation’s logistics enterprise must adapt to be relevant for the challenges of today’s world. […READ MORE…]


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Thanksgiving Transportation: Patience Needed

By Sharon Lo Managing Editor, Defense Transportation Journal and The Source

Thanksgiving is next week and much of the pre-Thanksgiving chatter has been all about supply chains and transportation—or, in other words, getting the food on the table and the people around the table. […READ MORE…]


KC-46A Pegasus Arrives on Joint Base MDL

Article and image by Airman 1st Class Joseph Morales, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs

The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst community celebrated a monumental milestone for the installation as it welcomed its first KC-46A Pegasus to its new home in an arrival ceremony Nov. 9, 2021. The event marked the beginning of new total force aerial refueling operations at the joint base, making it the first and only joint base with KC-46 lead operations. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Latest Supply Chain Challenge: China’s Terrestrial AIS Data Blackout
(American Shipper)  Since China began implementing its new privacy laws on Nov. 1, many Chinese automatic identification system (AIS) terrestrial providers have stopped transmitting data until they understand the regulations, resulting in an incomplete picture of vessels in the ports.

Defense Policy Amendments Pour in Ahead of Floor Action
(Roll Call)  With the Senate expected to consider its version of the annual defense policy bill as soon as next week, senators have already filed hundreds of amendments.

The Supply Chain Crisis’ Latest Woe: Cargo Theft that May Last as Long as the Backlogs Do
(Yahoo Finance)  With a number of cargo containers bottlenecked at California’s ports, another problem has ensnared the companies trying to ship goods, and the customers and shops waiting for those supplies. Theft.

Chinese Mock-Ups of US Carriers Send a Clear Message, Expert Says
(Stars and Stripes)  Chinese-built mock-ups of U.S. warships and aircraft meant for target practice send a clear message to the United States military, a maritime security expert with a Washington D.C.-based think tank said recently.

Biden’s $1T Infrastructure Bill Historic, Not Transformative
(The Seattle Times)  The $1 trillion infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden signs into law represents a historic achievement at a time of deeply fractured politics. But the compromises needed to bridge the political divide suggest that the spending might not be as transformative as Biden has promised for the U.S. economy.


Middle East Logistics: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia & Qatar
(Crane Worldwide Logistics)  Chris Mitchell, Crane Worldwide Logistics’ Vice President of the Middle East, shares his insight and experience with regards to the current state of the Middle East logistics outlook and how our logistics solutions in both contract logistics and freight forwarding are growing to support and solve clients’ challenges in countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

The Value of Hiring Veterans
(Cigna)  FedEx CEO Frederick W. Smith and Cigna CEO David Cordani joined together to highlight the unique value Veterans bring to the workforce, “Cigna and FedEx are intentional about recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans — and we are better companies as a result. Our colleagues who are veterans contribute mightily to our success in serving our customers and other stakeholders and in fulfilling our missions. Veterans have so much to offer the business world, and we believe that it’s more important than ever that companies harness their talents.”

Atlas Air Teams Up With Cainiao to Operate Daily Asia-Latin America Chartered Flights with Cargo Volume Rising by 144%
(Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.)  Atlas Air, Inc. has expanded its partnership with Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, to enhance overall shipping efficiency in response to the growth of cross-border trade between China and Latin America.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Honors Veterans, Supports Annual Keys to Progress Program for Ninth Year
(Enterprise Holdings)  In honor of Veterans Day, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is once again partnering with Progressive Insurance® to support the insurance company’s annual Keys to Progress® program. This year, 45 veterans in need across the country, along with five military-related organizations, received newly refurbished vehicles.

SAP Releases New Solution to Accelerate the Circular Economy
(SAP) SAP has announces the availability of SAP Responsible Design and Production, a solution for designing products sustainably and transitioning to a circular economy. This is the latest offering in a growing portfolio of sustainability-specific software applications that help businesses increase their measurement and data management capabilities.


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