The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

November 2, 2021


Sign-Up Now for GovTravels 2022

Registration is open and we encourage you to sign-up now to attend the in-person 2022 NDTA-DTMO GovTravels Symposium, to be held February 28 – March 2, 2022, at the Hilton Mark Center Alexandria in Alexandria, VA.  Our 2022 theme, “Rebound. Reconnect. Reimagine.” puts our focus on how the government and the commercial travel industry are responding to today’s challenges and preparing for the years to come. […READ MORE…]


USTRANSCOM Commander Highlights Warfighting Readiness, Critical Industry Relationships Necessary to Succeed in Great Power Conflict Today and Tomorrow

By U.S. Transportation Command Public Affairs

In her first major keynote address since taking command, Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), discussed priorities and challenges ahead for the transportation enterprise at the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA)-USTRANSCOM annual Fall Meeting. […READ MORE…]


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Chinese Military Tests Ability to Destroy Enemy Ports and More

China’s Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) is examining methods to stealthily destroy a port to cripple an adversary’s capabilities and hinder its ability to fight, a PLA Navy officer explained to state media. […READ MORE…]


Baltimore Chapter Supports the NDTA Foundation

The NDTA Baltimore Chapter has made a sizable contribution to the NDTA Foundation, which is sure to have a lasting impact. Mr. Barry Noe, former Treasurer of the Baltimore Chapter, credits the generosity of the Baltimore Chapter and its members—both past and present—for this donation. Chapter members wanted to ensure the money would help to develop future logistics and transportation leaders. […READ MORE…]


DOD Metrics-Based Goals Will Strengthen Organic Industrial Base, Official Says

By C. Todd Lopez, DOD News

The Defense Department’s organic industrial base — which includes things such as maintenance depots, shipyards, fleet readiness centers, air logistics centers, and manufacturing arsenals — needs to be modernized and updated in order to keep serving America’s warfighter. The department has a plan to make that happen, according to Steven J. Morani, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Don’t Assume the US Will Fight China and Russia One at a Time
(Defense One) China and Russia last week conducted their first-ever joint naval patrol in the western Pacific following a combined exercise in the Sea of Japan, highlighting the deepening defense cooperation between America’s preeminent competitors. While U.S. military planners have long hoped and often assumed that any conflicts with China and Russia might come one at a time, that assumption is increasingly questionable and even dangerous.

White House Gives Federal Contractors Flexibility in Enforcing Vaccine Mandate
(The Hill) The Biden administration is giving federal contractors flexibility to decide how to enforce COVID-19 vaccination requirements for workers, according to new guidance from the White House.

House Extends Highway Funding to Dec. 3 Amid Delayed Infrastructure Vote
(The Hill)  The House has passed yet another short-term extension of highway and transit construction programs in order to avert thousands of worker furloughs and halted projects. Another short-term patch was passed about a month ago when House Democrats were unable to clear the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill that would renew the highway programs for five years.

Buy American: Biden Sees Industry Pushback as Allies Warn of Trade Consequences
(Defense News) Since taking office, President Biden has taken executive action to boost Buy American requirements, but ― in spite of loopholes to protect allied countries ― not everyone is happy about it. The defense industry is pushing back, wary the protectionist policy will trigger a backlash that shuts out American-made weapons and gear from overseas markets.

FAA has ‘Deep Concern’ About 5G Network Plan on Aviation Safety—Letter
(Reuters)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised significant concerns about a plan to use spectrum for 5G wireless networks on aviation safety and sources say the agency is planning to issue a formal warning about the issue.


WELCOME New NDTA Corporate Members
Please join NDTA in welcoming new Chairmans Circle PLUS members ALARA Logistics and Microsoft, as well as new Sustaining members Intermodal Logistics Consulting Inc. and Langham Logistics, Inc.!

Matson Publishes New Environmental Sustainability Goals
(Matson)  Matson, Inc. has published new long-term environmental goals in a Sustainability Report 2020 Supplement that commit the company to reducing fleet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and achieving net zero fleet GHG emissions by 2050.

Opportunity Magazine Summer/Fall Issue
[National industries for the Blind (NIB)]  The latest edition of NIB’s Opportunity magazine is now available. Inside this issue, read about NIB agencies that have turned the challenges of working in the COVID environment into an opportunity to innovate.

Union Pacific Takes Additional Action to Alleviate Supply Chain Congestion
(Union Pacific Railroad)  Union Pacific has announced proactive steps to reduce global supply chain congestion, helping restore fluidity for goods and products moving across the United States from West Coast ports.

M/V Endurance Redeploys MV-22 Ospreys from Darwin, Australia to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in support of the Marine Rotational Force Darwin
[American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC)]  ARC recently transported twelve V-22 Ospreys from the Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)-24 onboard M/V Endurance from Darwin, Australia to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The MAG-24 was redeploying after their six-month rotation supporting the Marine Rotational Force Darwin (MRF-D).


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