The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

November 10, 2023

From the President and CEO of NDTA:

A special thanks and shout out to the following for their part in making this year’s Fall Meeting remarkably engaging and successful.

  • Our Co-host General Van Ovost and the entire USTRANSCOM Team
  • Keynotes, Moderators, and Roundtable Members
  • NDTA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs
  • Our Allies and Partners
  • The Military and Government Participants
  • NDTA Scholarship Foundation
  • Academy Instructors and Participants
  • NDTA Industry Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • All of the Volunteers and the 143rdESC
  • The NDTA Staff
  • The NDTA Chapters for their support and participation
  • Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel Staff, Millennium Team, and Encore Team
  • CJP Video Production Team
  • Norfolk Southern for the “The Lawmen” Band performance


Join NDTA in Supporting Toys for Tots

NDTA and Toys for Tots are recruiting your support to help Santa’s Elves! How does Santa get around to all the children in just one night? He has LOTS of help: Elves, Marines, & YOU! […READ MORE…]

U.S. Transcom Commander Emphasizes Decision Advantage

By USTRANSCOM Public Affairs

National Defense Transportation Association and United States Transportation Command’s Fall Meeting opened October 31, bringing together military and industry leaders from across the globe to discuss current trends and logistics challenges. […READ MORE…]

Updates from the Defense Travel Management Office

Government travel charge card holders are now allowed to add their cards to mobile wallets and other devices, per diem names have been updated in DTS, and learn how to reduce travel card delinquencies—visit DTMO’s webpage to read about these articles and more.


Global Threats & Global Demand: Combatant Command Perspective

Video by Tech. Sgt. Oz Suguitan, U.S. Transportation Command

During the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting a panel of senior enlisted leaders from USTRANSCOM, USSTRATCOM, NORTHCOM, and USINDOPACOM discussed critical dimensions of global security and logistics in the context of a multi-polar threat landscape. Addressing diverse challenges beyond the PRC, they emphasize homeland defense, strategic deterrence, and executing contested logistics across varying Areas of Responsibility. Importantly, the crucial collaboration with industry partners was explored, underscoring the need for a holistic approach involving all segments of society. […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

DOD’s New AI and Data Strategy Gives Industry a Challenge: Share

(Defense One)  The Pentagon’s new data, analytics, and AI adoption strategy focuses on data shareability, with the aim of better enabling all-domain command and control. But the biggest challenge, DOD’s chief digital and AI officer said, will be getting tech companies to work together instead of keeping their data to themselves. 

Defense Deputy Secretary Hicks Urges Congress to Pass 2024 NDAA

(Federal News Network)  To help the military meet its recruitment and retention goals, Congress needs to pass the National Defense Authorization Act and an appropriations bill for fiscal 2024, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said Tuesday. Hicks highlighted two challenges facing the military: ensuring a healthy civilian-military relationship and recruitment and retention. She said these must be addressed going forward to help the military take care of its people.

Supply Chain Impacts From the Middle East Conflict

(DC Velocity)  There are economic and supply chain impacts to the ongoing Mideast conflict. Here’s how supply chains in the region are affected — and how the rest of the world could be impacted. 

Getting Serious About Enhancing U.S. Defense Partnerships 

(War on the Rocks)  The role of U.S. allies and partners lies at the center of the U.S. defense strategy, as their military cooperation provides the United States with an edge that near-peer competitors like China and Russia cannot match. Yet, despite years of efforts by senior Department of Defense officials to make the defense acquisition system more agile and flexible, the system retains a culture inherently resistant to foreign cooperation because it was built for a prior era of U.S. technological dominance.  

Manufacturing Woes Could Sink US Sub Fleet. Can 3D Printing Save It?

(Defense News)  The Navy has already used additive manufacturing to print small repair parts on ships at sea, including circuit covers and radio knobs that would be difficult and expensive for the service to access while deployed. But by next year, as the workload for the U.S. submarine-industrial base ramps up to its highest level in 40 years, the Navy will 3D-print metal parts as standard components for installation on new-construction submarines.

Report Highlights FedEx Economic Impact as Company Celebrates 50 Years of Operations

(FedEx)  FedEx Corp. has released its annual economic impact report, analyzing the company’s worldwide network and role in fueling innovation during its 2023 fiscal year.1 Produced in consultation with Dun & Bradstreet, the study demonstrates the positive impact FedEx has on individuals and communities around the globe — otherwise known as the ‘FedEx Effect.’

AIT Worldwide Logistics expands to the Middle East with new office in Dubai

(AIT Worldwide Logistics)  AIT has announces its expansion to the Middle East with an office in Dubai, the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. The  location is an investment to fulfill the evolving shipping needs for key customers, while also enhancing the global freight forwarder’s supply chain solutions in the region.

Amerijet Completes Second IATA’s CEIV Pharma Re-Certification

(Amerijet International Airlines)  Amerijet announces the successful completion of its second IATA CEIV Pharma recertification. This achievement underscores Amerijet’s unwavering commitment to the safe and efficient handling of temperature-controlled healthcare and life science products.

U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: Spending, volume down again in third quarter 

(U.S. Bank)  During the third quarter, the amount spent to ship goods via truck freight was down 12.5% compared to a year prior while the volume of shipments was off 9.7%, according to the U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index. Spending fell 4.2% and shipments declined 3.4% from the second quarter to the third quarter of 2023. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter that both truck freight spending and volume have declined.

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