The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

October 12, 2021


U.S. Secretary of Transportation to Speak at NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting

Topic:  “Building a Strong National Defense: U.S. Infrastructure Plan”

The 2021 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting welcomes keynote speaker The Honorable Pete Buttigieg, the 19th Secretary of Transportation. Secretary Buttigieg is the principal advisor to the President of the United States on all matters relating to transportation. His recorded address will provide insight into his plans and goals as Secretary for improving infrastructure as it relates to this community’s mission. […READ MORE…]


Transportation at the Department of Defense The Choreography of Mission Execution Starts and Ends with Transportation

By Stuart Turner, Senior Solution Advisor, SAP Supply Execution

It’s a dance—what happens in the course of mission planning and execution at the Department of Defense (DOD). Military units at every level and across every service branch request troops and materiel for a particular mission, and planners at the US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), its component commands, and other logistics organizations at the DOD must fulfill those requests. And because both requesters and fulfillers share a common duty to deliver maximum combat power for the mission, they must execute those duties in a way that optimizes personnel and materiel in terms of deployment location and timing. […READ MORE…]


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NDTA Announces New Scholarship for Graduate Students

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

NDTA has announced the addition of a new scholarship program. The Denny Edwards Graduate Scholarship: Academic Scholarship Program D aims to support graduate degree students majoring in the fields of logistics, transportation, supply chain, physical distribution, and passenger travel services, and provide college scholarship opportunities for NDTA members. […READ MORE…]


DLA, Industry Leaders Discuss Demand Forecasts for Upcoming Year

By Dianne Ryder, DLA Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency leaders and representatives from 11 industry associations discussed demand forecasts for Defense Department customers and whole-of-government organizations during an Industry Association webinar Oct. 6. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Mind the ‘Middle Powers’ Gap
(Defense One)  While pivoting from terrorism to great powers, the U.S. should pay far more attention to those countries caught in the struggle between democracy and authoritarianism.

Why Small Businesses Are Essential to US National Security
(Business Insider)  Over the past decade, an alarming trend has emerged as the number of small-business suppliers in the federal marketplace — specifically in the defense marketplace — has declined. If this decline continues at the current pace, our nation is at risk of losing key domestic capabilities.

JAIC Thinks AI Might Solve DoD’s Struggles with Contract Writing Systems
(Federal News Network)  The Defense Department has been trying to move the military services and Defense agencies to a single, modernized contract writing system for a decade now. And although those efforts have seen major setbacks, DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center thinks it might be possible to build one with AI and to have something to show for it as early as next March.

DHS Adds Cyber Requirements for Transportation Industry
(Federal Computer Week) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has announced that the government will add requirements for cybersecurity information sharing to companies in the transportation sector.

Bill Would Create Supply Chain Crisis Office Within Commerce Department
(Nextgov)  Bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the House would create a Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Office within the Commerce Department to address shortages of critical goods and services, industrial equipment, and certain manufacturing technologies.


CGI Federal Announces Reorganization to Align with Evolving Federal Priorities
(CGI Inc.)  CGI has announced the reorganization of CGI Federal through several enhancements designed to strengthen the company’s alignment to the evolving priorities of the federal government. For the new structure, CGI Federal added strategic senior talent, reorganized business units to collaborate across shared mission themes, and established a new horizontal practice that integrates advisory services and emerging technologies with a focus on leveraging global best practices from both private and public sectors.

AAR Announces EAGLE Fellowship Program with Rock Valley College to Support Aviation Maintenance Technician Students
(AAR CORP.)  AAR has announced a new fellowship program with Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. This initiative is part of AAR´s EAGLE Career Pathway Program, which focuses on growing the talent necessary to meet the maintenance demands of the future.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental Extend Loyalty Benefits Again, Providing Even Greater Flexibility for Valued Customers
(Enterprise Holdings Inc.)  Recognizing the plans of many travelers continue to be impacted during these dynamic times, Enterprise Holdings’ car rental brands are once again extending benefits to its most loyal customers. Many members of National Car Rental’s Emerald Club Executive and Executive Elite, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Enterprise Plus Silver, Gold, and Platinum elite tiers whose tier status were set to expire will now be extended.

COVID Effect or Panic Buying? Demand or Supply? How Will the Festive Season Play Out? 
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) In the lead-up to the festive season, retailers far and wide are challenged with getting their goods into stores at the right time, in the right place at the right cost. These are the simplistic metrics used to measure a reliable supply chain. But there is nothing simple about supply nor demand in COVID times.

ARC Recognized as “Outstanding Friend to Seafarers” by SIH
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group Inc.)  American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC) was recognized as an “Outstanding Friend to Seafarers” by the Seafarers International House (SIH) at the Setting the Course ceremony and reception. The event honors shipping industry representatives who have significantly improved the welfare of seafarers.


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