The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

October 21, 2022



To all the attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and everyone who contributed to the success of the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, we thank you. While the Fall Meeting may be over, the insights gained, lessons learned, conversations had, and partnerships formed and strengthened are sure to have a lasting effect. Stay tuned into your NDTA Source and the December issue of the Defense Transportation Journal for full coverage of the event.


Fall Meeting Brings Military and Industry Logistics Leaders Together

By USTRANSCOM Public Affairs

The four-day action-packed National Defense Transportation Association, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) 2022 Fall Meeting was filled with five keynote sessions, two roundtable discussions, 64 interactive Transportation Academy sessions, and vendor booths filled four halls of the historic Union Station in St. Louis.  […READ MORE…]


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Across the Globe Virtually: A New Chapter
Inaugural Meeting October 26, 2022, at 2 PM EST

It is fair to say that COVID-19 disrupted many of the things we did in life. Organization participation and in-person meetings were no exception. People found themselves in organizations that were not allowed to hold in-person activities to ensure member safety, and as a result of local and state mandates. […READ MORE…]


Defense Logistics Agency’s Expeditionary Team Supports Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts
Ian is the nation’s 15th billion-dollar disaster this year

By Dawn Bonsell, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution

Less than 24 hours after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assignment drops, the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution’s Expeditionary Team advance team crew is on the road to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, arriving before daybreak Sept. 25. Additional DDXX San Joaquin, California, teammates arrive the next day to set up a FEMA federal incident support base in preparation of Hurricane Ian’s landfall. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

How Ukraine is Shaping the Future of Acquisition (VIDEO)
(Defense News)  A group of experts weigh in on how the current war between Russia and Ukraine will influence the future of acquisition.

Integrated by Design: Building a Partner Air Force
(War on the Rocks)  The demands for American military training is high. Yet, the program the United States has used to train partners around the world to fly is being cut without a replacement. The U.S. Air Force has an interest in building the capacity of partners and allies to expand U.S. reach and influence, but the security force assistance programs that tasked air advisors to help train foreign militaries is at risk of being cut, leaving the United States unable to keep up with foreign demand for operational training.

‘We’re Ignoring the Problem’ of Stressed U.S. Maritime Infrastructure, Says MSC Commander
(USNI News)  The American defense maritime industrial base has atrophied to a point where the United States builds less than 1 percent of the world’s ocean-going fleets and has less than 4 percent of the world’s licensed mariners while China establishes itself as a maritime nation, Military Sealift Command’s top officer said Tuesday.

TSA Mandates New Cybersecurity Guidelines for Railroads
(Freight Waves)  The Transportation Security Administration is requiring U.S. freight and passenger railroads to comply with a new cybersecurity directive aimed at protecting the rail networks from harm.


News from the National Industries for the Blind
[National Industries for the Blind (NIB)]  The latest edition of the NIB’s Opportunity magazine recognizes the accomplishments of associated agency employees, highlights outstanding agencies, and shares appreciation for its customers. In addition, learn about new products and new technology that is providing greater choices in hands-free visual assistance.

AAR Expands Partnership with Flydubai, Signing Multi-Year Boeing 737 MAX Flight-Hour Component Support Contract
(AAR CORP.)  AAR CORP. has signed a new multi-year flight-hour component support contract, expanding its relationship with flydubai to include additional aircraft in flydubai’s rapidly growing Boeing 737 MAX fleet.

Hapag-Lloyd AG Acquires Terminal Business of SM SAAM S.A.
(Hapag-Lloyd)  Hapag-Lloyd AG and SM SAAM S.A. signed a binding agreement today under which Hapag-Lloyd will acquire 100 % of the shares of SAAM Ports S.A. and SAAM Logistics S.A. and thereby the entire company’s terminal business and associated logistics services.  

CWTSatoTravel’s October 2022 Compass Newsletter
(CWTSatoTravel)  The October issue of CWTSatoTravel’s Compass newsletter is now available. Inside this issue read about per diem rate changes, the Transportation Department’s new traveler dashboard, improvements to the CWTSatoTravel website, and more.


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