The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

October 20, 2020


Join NDTA in our 12th Year of Support for the Annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program – December 3, 2020 

This year will be a new challenge due to COVID19.  With restrictions and teleworking, donations are lower than normal, however there are significantly more families in need, and the Toys for Tots program desperately needs your help, now more than ever.

We cannot safely hold our usual reception at NDTA headquarters, and many other organizations have also had to cancel their collection events.  But we still need your assistance.  We will be accepting donations beginning now until 1:00 pm EST on December 3.  You can bring them to the office or give us a call at 703-751-5011 to arrange for contact-free drop off in the parking lot.  Financial donations are also welcome. If you prefer, you may drop off or mail a check payable to Toys for Tots. […READ MORE…]


Winning Principles for Defense Transportation Digital Modernization Strategies

By Maj John Biszko, USAF

The Defense Transportation Enterprise—military and industrial components—is in a race to capitalize on the data and knowledge revolution, which is the normative and technical follow-on to the digital revolution of the nineties. Not everyone in the defense transportation community has the same perspective as to how to score relative gains against competitors in this race. To that end, this article draws on my year as the first-ever Air Mobility Command (AMC) Chief Data Officer. It also attempts to persuade the reader that winning principles are human-capital-intensive, inculcate a shift from automation to ideation, cause a normative shift around integration semantics, push science out of programs, and into pure services, decentralize analytics, and combine with an increasingly ubiquitous corporate framework to empower the Commander. […READ MORE…]


Pentagon’s Logistics Agency Plays Key Role in Procuring, Distributing Limited Pandemic Supplies

By Beth Reece

The Defense Department’s leading logistics agency is playing a key role in the national coronavirus response as it purchases and distributes desperately needed medical supplies for DOD and federal agencies.

By the end of September, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) executed 21,000-plus contract actions for over $2 billion of lifesaving medical supplies like test kits, ventilators, and pharmaceutical drugs, as well as personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, and gowns. […READ MORE…]


U.S. Department of Transportation Launches New Marine Highway Module of Port Planning and Investment Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has launched a new Marine Highway module of the Port Planning & Investment Toolkit (Toolkit), which helps U.S. ports plan, evaluate, and finance freight transportation projects.  This easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-execute Toolkit was produced as part of a cooperative agreement between MARAD and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) to help guide ports toward fruitful investments.

“This Toolkit will help the development of future port projects and improve the nation’s long-term efficiency and economic competitiveness,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Increasing Sealift Funding, Fixing Tankers Are 2022 Budget Priorities, Esper Says
(Defense News) The Pentagon plans to include funding in its fiscal 2022 budget request to increase military sealift capabilities, including through the use of commercial vessels, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in comments Thursday.

A 21st-Century Reality Is Dawning on NATO
(Defense One) Last week, Jens Stoltenberg delivered a remarkable speech in Bratislava. It could have been one of the speeches one so often hears from officials at security conferences, one about how the West should buy more tankers and fighter jets so as to better deter Russia. Instead, NATO’s Secretary-General spoke about ports, electricity grids, and telecommunications.

Everybody Matters. Really
(Forbes) No doubt about it. Truly successful organizations typically have happy people. Or put another way, to win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.

Preparing the Cyber Battlefield: Assessing a Novel Escalation Risk in a Sino-American Crisis
(War on the Rocks) Do cyber capabilities create novel risks of a future political crisis between the United States and China escalating into a conflict? This article outlines one potential pathway for interstate crises to escalate: the use of force in response to adversary hacking operations that could enable high-end cyber attacks.


Cainiao Partners with Atlas Air to Launch Asia to South America Charter Program
(Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.) Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, has announced a partnership to launch a charter program with Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. to enhance Alibaba’s extensive logistics network as cross-border trade between China and Latin America continues to expand.

When Does Information Become TMI?
(CGI) Data collection and analysis is nothing new. However, in our increasingly data-driven world, data is being collected across the government at increasingly unprecedented rates. Beyond developing a strategy for managing data, agencies now must look at data as a strategic asset—a proven enabler in driving missions and delivering services.

Boeing Receives $477 Million Performance-Based Logistics Contract from Defense Logistics Agency
(Boeing) Boeing received a Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) contract award valued at $477 million from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for supplies, full supply chain management, and logistics services to ensure long-term, affordable sustainment of multiple weapon systems platforms. Work will be performed under a fixed-price, master services agreement.

Bennett Family of Companies Recognized as a Top Transportation Company for Women to Work For
(Bennett) The Women in Trucking Association (WIT) announced that the Bennett Family of Companies has been recognized as a Top Transportation Company for Women to Work For by Redefining the Road magazine.

Month-on-Month Growth Continues with Strong Rebound of Loaded Exports, Imports
(The Port of Virginia) The Port of Virginia® posted its best September performance having processed more than 256,000 TEUS (twenty-foot equivalent units) and surpassing the record set in the same month last year. September was the fourth consecutive month of month-over-month growth for the port.


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