The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

October 22, 2019

DTJ Online

Commercial Partners Critical to DOD Success

By Terri Moon Cronk
Originally published October 10, 2019 on

Commercial partners are critically essential to the Defense Department’s success, the Commander of US Transportation Command said.

“I remind everybody that the only reason that we exist is to project and sustain the joint force,” Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons said at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting in St. Louis.

“Our great Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are out there every day [with] our commercial partners that are agile and adaptive to be able to respond to dynamic force employment [and that is] really held in amazement by everybody, but particularly by our adversaries,” he said. …


NDTA Announces Changes to Its Media Platforms
During NDTA’s annual meeting this week, changes to the association’s media platforms were announced. Here is what you need to know:

NDTAGram – The NDTAGram will remain a weekly staple in your inbox, however it is undergoing a major overhaul. First and foremost, we are rebranding it as The Source. As we have sought to increase the value and variety of the news and information we are providing to members, we wanted to ensure the name better matched the publication’s purpose as your source—The Source—for all things NDTA. In addition, emails will now be available in both HTML and plain text versions, and the HTML version will have a fresh, modern new look! Please add to your safe senders list to ensure receipt of this valuable resource.

DTJ – The bimonthly print version of the DTJ will remain the same. However, articles are now also being published online. Online articles will often include links for additional insights, they are searchable, and buttons on the page will allow you to easily share them through email or social media. This also provides us the opportunity to publish articles and other media online that could not be included in the print magazine. DTJ’s audience can expect to see more original content being published more frequently and in a variety of mediums including written articles, videos and podcasts.

The NDTA Website – You may have already noticed changes to NDTA’s website. We have been working on reorganizing the site and enhancing its functionality. Our goals are to make it easier for our members to navigate and to utilize this as a tool for increasing members’ professional knowledge. To that end, we have added several news and media pages that provide a wealth of information pertinent to this community—and all of which are fully searchable.

Some of the changes mentioned are already in place, but expect to see everything rolled out in the next few weeks. All of these changes have been made with our members in mind and with the intent of solidifying NDTA’s place as the premier educational association for you and the greater transportation, logistics and travel community.

Corporate Member News

AAR Launches Donecle Drone Technology Integration for MRO Aircraft Inspections 
(AAR CORP.) AAR has announced the integration of Donecle drone technology into its award-winning maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations. With laser positioning, the drone can safely perform end-to-end visual inspections of B737 and A320 aircraft in under an hour.

APL’s Eagle REACH. Guaranteed Becomes Daily
(APL) APL has announced that the Eagle REACH. Guaranteed, a day-definite arrival rail service from Los Angeles to Kansas City, Chicago, Memphis, Dallas, and New York will depart daily instead of weekly beginning 1 November 2019. Shippers will experience significantly improved transit times as they can now immediately move their cargo on rail to the destined inland locations, on top of knowing the definite arrival day.

Cambria Hotels Named a Top Brand for Business Travelers
(Choice Hotels) Cambria Hotels, an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc., has been recognized by corporate travel buyers as a leading upscale brand, according to the Business Travel News’ 2019 Hotel Brands Survey. The Cambria brand placed first in seven of 13 categories — the most of any upscale brand.

UPS Continues to Increase Electric Fleet in Germany by Converting Diesel Vehicles
(UPS) UPS has announced that it will be converting an additional 33 diesel delivery vehicles to electric or hybrid. The conversions are a part of ZUKUNFT. DE, an initiative sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to explore ways to make package delivery more sustainable.

Maersk: Shippers Will Only Pay for IMO 2020 ‘Cost Recovery’
(American Shipper) Maersk Line will only charge for the “extra cost of compliance” as the carrier introduces new IMO 2020 low-sulfur fuels in the coming months.
As reported by FreightWaves, shippers and forwarders have expressed dismay about the complexity of the charges being levied by some container lines as they phase in new low-sulfur bunker fuels ahead of the Jan. 1 International Maritime Organization deadline.

Gov’t/Mil News

Despite Rising Awareness of Critical US Sealift Shortfalls, Solutions Are Elusive
(Defense News) The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command couldn’t have been any clearer when he testified before the House Armed Services Committee in March: The U.S. absolutely must recapitalize its sealift fleet if its going to be able to support a war in the theater.

DLA, GSA to Review Federal Supply Chain for Streamlining Effort
(ExecutiveGov) The Defense Logistics Agency has partnered with the General Services Administration to review and streamline the federal supply chain. The DLA-GSA federal supply class review would tackle the 7 million items from across all 600 FSC categories, DLA said Wednesday.

Five Unintended Consequences of Trump’s Syria Withdrawal
(The Hill) President Trump’s decision last week to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, allowing Turkey to launch an offensive against Kurdish forces, has already had several unintended, albeit foreseeable, consequences.

The Case for a Three Tanker Air Force
(War on the Rocks) The U.S. Air Force is about to execute a plan that could have irreversible consequences, and time is running out to change course. Before it retires the KC-10 “Extender,” its long-distance, high-capacity aerial refueling plane, the Air Force should reconsider.

The US Army is Worried About a Potential Showdown with Russia, and It’s Practicing a New Way to Get to a Fight in Europe
(Business Insider) Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team started arriving in Europe this week for a nine-month rotation as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. While the rotation is the fifth by an armored brigade in support of Atlantic Resolve, the unit is the first “in recent memory” to use the port of Vlissingen in the Netherlands.

Industry News

Are Australian Road Trains the Solution to the US Driver Shortage?
(Supply Chain Dive) In solving for crucial supply chain issues, Australia found a workaround that could have implications for driver shortages and transportation hurdles in the U.S.

New Brexit Deal is Still Bad for Business and the UK Economy
(CNN) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has secured a “great new deal” on Brexit. But the agreement he’s struck with the European Union would erect significant trade barriers for companies operating in the United Kingdom, reduce growth and leave the country poorer.

Amazon Set to Be Next Big U.S. Defense Contractor—Critics Urge for ‘Effective Oversight’
(Big Think) In 2007, Amazon and the U.S. engaged in virtually zero collaboration. But now, Amazon could soon become one of the government’s largest defense contractors, an unprecedented move that raises questions about the changing relationship between government and big tech.

Regulations Prompt Freight Rail Sector to Address Cybersecurity
(Frieght Waves) As freight railroads move to digitize their processes, rail companies are also looking into safeguarding their systems against hacking and other malicious attempts to disrupt freight rail operations.

FAR Council Publishes Proposed Rule Limiting the Use of LPTA Procurements
(JD Supra) The FAR Council has finally published its proposed rule which furthers Congress’s plan to limit the use of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source selection criteria.

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