The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

October 18, 2023

Highlights of the Upcoming Transportation Academy

NDTA and USTRANSCOM are ready to see you at the 2023 Fall Meeting, October 31 – November 3, at the Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL. Transportation Academy speakers and topics are now posted on the NDTA website for your review. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with and learn from many government and industry leaders, plus share your own, valuable, professional experiences, ideas, and solutions related to “Advancing U.S. Power Projection with Allies and Partners.” […READ MORE…]

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DOD and Industry Discuss the Future of Energy Resilience

A new podcast, created in partnership with NDTA’s Energy Subcommittee under the Logistics & Distribution Committee, focuses on energy resilience. Moderator Guy Beougher, Cypress International’s Vice President of DOD/Federal Logistics, Supply Chain and Energy, leads the discussion which features insights and commentary on the future of energy resilience. […READ MORE…]

FORE! NDTA DC Chapter Special Event Announcement: TopGolf Natl Harbor Nov 9

You are invited to join the NDTA DC Chapter for a fun evening of networking and philanthropy. Swing by TopGolf National Harbor on Thursday, Nov 9th, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm to support the NDTA DC Chapter Scholarship Fund! […READ MORE…]

All Hands On Deck… DLA Team Joins Forces to Offload Big Ship Parts

By Dawn Bonsell DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution’s newest whole of government partner is the Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration. Supporting MARAD’s fleet of five new state-of-the-art National Security Multi-Mission Vessels, slated for Merchant Marine training and humanitarian assistance, DLA Distribution will provide enduring parts storage and distribution services for more than 800 NSMV items. […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

New Rule Sets Stage for Banning Risky Technologies From Government Supply Chains

(Federal News Network)  Federal contractors will need to closely monitor a government acquisition website for directives that ban products and services due to security concerns, similar to the Huawei ban, under a new rule published this month and set to go into effect in early December.

Opinion: The Army Needs a Near-Term Strategy for the 2020s

(Defense News)  The U.S. Army must move faster to deter near-term threats. Although the Army has a strategy to modernize the force by 2030, that is just seven years away and potentially four years too late if the Chinese Communist Party attempts to retake Taiwan by force by 2027, as our military commanders suggest.

7 Roadblocks to the Widespread Adoption of Autonomous Trucking

(Transport Topics)  We live in an era of drone deliveries and self-driving robotaxis, but is America ready to embrace autonomous trucks on the freeway? Automated vehicles could be a new stimulus to the overstretched supply chain, accelerating delivery times and improving working conditions for drivers. But, certain challenges must be overcome before autonomous trucking can reach widespread commercial implementation.

The Army Doesn’t Know Where a Lot of Its Excess Arms and Gear Are

(Defense One)  The U.S. Army has warehouses packed with weapons its soldiers no longer need. But the service doesn’t know where they all are, nor what condition they’re in. Now, amid increased demand from U.S. allies and partners, Army leaders are pushing for an updated database of those stored weapons.

Air Travel is Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels, But New Turbulence Lies Ahead

(Portland Press Herald)  This week, global airline capacity is poised to finally surpass its corresponding 2019 levels, marking a major milestone in the recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak. The return to pre-pandemic flight capacity speaks to airlines’ resilience and ability to adapt to ever-shifting conditions—still, it’s become a tougher industry in many respects. 

Enterprise Holdings Accelerates Toward Next Era of Mobility with Diverse Portfolio & Growing Global Footprint

(Enterprise Holdings)  Enterprise has strengthened its ambitions in helping shape the future of mobility with strong results across its diverse lines of business, a significant jump in international growth, and global recognition for its long-standing commitment to customers and team members over the past fiscal year.

AWS Announces Powerful New Offerings to Accelerate Generative AI Innovation

(Amazon)  Amazon Web Services, Inc., an, Inc. company, has announced five generative artificial intelligence (AI) innovations, so organizations of all sizes can build new generative AI applications, enhance employee productivity, and transform their businesses.

ABS, Crowley Advance Augmented Reality Technology for Maritime

(Crowley)  Crowley and ABS, a leading provider in maritime classification and advisory services, have entered an agreement to jointly explore how to advance the use of augmented and virtual reality technologies for vessels and other marine environments.

Bulk Cargo 101: What You Need to Know About Shipping Large Quantities

(Carlile Transportation)  Bulk cargo plays a pivotal role in the modern economy that often goes unnoticed. This term refers to the large-scale transportation of goods that are shipped in immense quantities without being packaged in individual containers. Understanding bulk cargo is not just a matter of logistics; it’s a glimpse into the web of connections that sustains our daily lives.

American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Honored by SUNY Maritime College

([American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group (ARC)] ARC President & CEO Eric Ebeling was recently recognized at the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College’s 2023 Admiral’s Dinner for ARC’s unwavering support of maritime education and scholarship funds.

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