The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

November 5, 2019

DTJ Online

Impeachment: Sorting Through the Headlines

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

In managing NDTA’s media outlets, the DTJ, and The Source, I generally try to avoid overtly political stories or stories that are overly dominant in the news. Today will be a slight exception.

Selecting stories for this week’s Source meant weeding through a plethora of articles about the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Some of which I wanted to bring to your attention.

I’m going to start with what I think is most important for NDTA’s audience, and the main reason I decided to cover the impeachment this week. That is headlines top Democrats are concerned President Trump may shut down the government in an effort to distract from the impeachment inquiry.

Whether or not those fears are accurate remains to be seen. However, our government is only funded through 21 November. With President Trump indicating he is not dedicated to keeping the government open, another shutdown remains a real possibility.

As you would expect, there are lots of articles describing what is happening during the impeachment inquiry. CNN is even providing live updates on its website. In case you are wondering, the latest news reports, revolve around Congress’s release of the first transcript of closed-door deposition from those involved in the Ukraine affair. This is the event that led to the inquiry in the first place.

If you aren’t even sure who is involved in the Ukraine affair, or who all these other people involved in the impeachment process are head to Politico. They have created an interactive tool describing the most (and least) powerful players in the impeachment inquiry. Also, on Politico, five reporters break down the week in impeachment is a great read to catch up on what is happening.

Impeachment has only happened twice in our history, to Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton (Richard Nixon escaped likely impeachment by resigning from office). If you want to understand the whole process, New York magazine explains impeachment.

Finally, Loren Thompson, who many of you may recognize as a past NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting speaker, recently penned a piece for Forbes. In it, he says he thinks it unlikely President Trump will be removed from office through impeachment. He instead gives his take on what he feels is more likely—a failed re-election attempt next year and, specifically, what that would mean for our military.

I hope you will find these articles as interesting and informative as I did. We will certainly keep an eye out for any other articles that are especially pertinent for NDTA’s members and partners.


Join NDTA in Supporting the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program

Leaves are falling and the air is cooler. Which of course means it’s long past time for stores to put up their Christmas decorations. In all seriousness, while it may seem like the holiday season starts earlier and earlier every year, and some may be dreading the chaos that comes with it, there are others who have already been hard at work preparing for Christmas, trying to ensure every child has a happy holiday. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation have been distributing toys to less fortunate children in local communities since 1947.

As we have for the past 11 years, NDTA will again be collecting new, unwrapped toys for this worthy cause. Please consider making a contribution that will help bring joy to children in our area this holiday season by COB December 4th to NDTA, 50 South Pickett Street, Suite 220, Alexandria, VA  22304.

If you would like to drop off your toys in person, join us and representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps on December 5 at 1:00 p.m. for a reception with light refreshments, raffle, and a group photo. If you or your company would like to donate items or services for a raffle with reception attendees, please contact Patty Casidy at 703-751-5011 or

Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Corporate Member News

Realizing the Potential of Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Jobs
(SAP Concur) Transitioning from uniformed service to the civilian world is a change unmatched elsewhere. 43% of veterans leave their first civilian job within a year, citing a lack of personal development and opportunities for career advancement. SAP Concur challenges you to help.

Anacostia Honored by National Defense Transportation Association
(Anacostia Rail Holdings) Anacostia Rail Holdings, which operates six freight railroads across the U.S., has been honored with the Corporate Distinguished Service Award of the National Defense Transportation Association.

Bennett Truck Transport Completes Asset Purchase of RoadMasters Companies
(Bennett) Bennett Truck Transport, LLC is pleased to announce the closing on the asset purchase agreement with RoadMasters Transport Company, LLC and its open-deck, general freight carrier RoadMasters Power Transport, LLC.

BNSF Railway Announces Six New Certified Sites
(BNSF Railway) Six new industrial locations have been awarded BNSF Railway Company’s Certified Sites designation. Four of the new Certified Sites are the first for their state in Arizona, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Missouri, with the other two new Certified Sites in Illinois.

How LandstarOne™ Guides Business Decisions
(Landstar) LandstarOne™ was created to be a one-stop business tool for every business capacity owner (BCO) leased to Landstar, acting as a portal for all of Landstar’s exclusive mobile applications.

Gov’t/Mil News

The Grades Are in for America’s Military Strength
(Defense News) America’s investments in military readiness are paying off, particularly for the Army, but its armed forces would be stretched dangerously thin if they participate in more than one large war at the same time, according to the Heritage Foundation’s 2020 Index of U.S. Military Strength.

Senate Democrats Block Defense Spending Bill Over Trump Wall
(The Hill) Senate Democrats blocked a defense spending bill for the second time this past week, underscoring the hurdles ahead of next month’s government funding deadline.

US Forces Could Learn from Intense Electronic War Battle in Ukraine
(Military Times) Ukrainian forces are under heavy assault by Russian drones and ground systems equipped with jammers and direction-finding technology honed to sniff out Ukrainian military positions—a near-peer battle offering lessons learned for American forces.

Russia Rolls Out Its ‘Sovereign Internet.’ Is It Building a Digital Iron Curtain?
(CNN) A controversial new law has taken effect in Russia: The so-called “sovereign internet” law, which mandates the creation of an independent internet for Russia. In effect, Moscow has given itself the power to erect a sort of digital Iron Curtain around its networks.

First, Manage Security Threats to Machine Learning
(War on the Rocks) Deception is as old as warfare itself. Until now, the targets of deception operations have been humans. But the introduction of machine learning and artificial intelligence opens up a whole new world of opportunities to deceive by targeting machines.

Industry News

A Global Shipping Revolution Is Weeks Away—Here Are the Likely Winners and Losers
(CNBC) On January 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will impose new emissions standards designed to significantly curb pollution produced by the world’s ships. Take a look at those best placed to cope with the rule change, as well as those likely to struggle with what has previously been described as the “biggest change in oil market history.”

FMCSA Launches Job Listing Site for Military Driver Pilot Program
(Transport Topics) The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has created a website to help people between the ages of 18 and 20 who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver license find trucking jobs. The website presents information about trucking companies that are approved to hire drivers as part of FMCSA’s Under 21 Military Driver Pilot Program.

Are Airlines About to Figure Out the Fastest Way to Board a Plane?
(Forbes) The airline industry knows how to fly jet planes, but can’t come up with a fast and efficient way to get passengers into their seats—Gatwick Airport aims to change this. At Departure Gate 101, the London airport has started using large digital screens to tell passengers the precise order in which to board.

Visibility into Operations is the Biggest Issue Plaguing Supply Chains
(Freight Waves) Rising consumer expectations on delivery standards have compelled supply chains to react faster and push for digitalization, to ensure transparency across stakeholders and visibility into operations. Though it makes obvious sense to say visibility increases efficiency, the push towards greater operational visibility has remained a difficult task.

More Supply Chain Than You Can Imagine
(Material Handling & Logistics) Are you ready for what’s coming next in the supply chain? From disruptive technologies to where to find talent will we find the talent to how to satisfy the constant, 24/7/365 supply chain mentality, MH&L’s experts will help you prepare for the future.

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