The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

October 27, 2021

From the President and CEO of NDTA:

A special thanks and shout out to the following for their part in making this year’s Fall Meeting (in person!) a remarkably positive and fruitful event.

  • Our Co-host General Van Ovost and the entire USTRANSCOM Team
  • Keynotes, Moderators, and Roundtable Members
  • NDTA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs
  • NDTA Scholarship Foundation
  • Academy Instructors and Participants
  • NDTA Industry Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • All of the Volunteers
  • The NDTA Staff
  • The Washington DC Chapter
  • Gaylord Convention Center and Encore Staff
  • CJP Video Production Team


Preparing for CMMC Compliance

By Ted Rybeck, Chair, Benchmarking Partners, & Chair, NDTA Cybersecurity Best Practices Committee

Key Takeaways:

  • To ensure continuity of operations, the practical strategy and checklists for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance will build resiliency in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).
  • CMMC, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-171, and cybersecurity best practices overall fit into each company’s overall readiness plans for all major hazard types.

With less than 100 employees, DIB-Co has earned its reputation from the team’s decades of dedication to manufacturing precision components and its state-of-the-art 24/7 fully-automated machining centers. Everything DIB-Co does connects to networked capabilities, and DIB-Co’s employees continuously upskill on their increasingly sophisticated automation. […READ MORE…]


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Headlines From the Fall Meeting

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

The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting took place October 18-21 in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The meeting theme, “Resilient & Reliable Logistics… Agile and Adaptable,” focused attention on the challenges associated with operating in contested and pandemic environments spanning all domains and geographic locations. It further focused on the technologies, business processes, and innovations needed to dominate and win in all environments. […READ MORE…]


Gen. Stephen R. Lyons Retires After 38-Year Career

Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, the 13th commander of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), retired on October 15th following a change of command ceremony with Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Bus Industry Raises Alarm, Asks Congress for Pandemic Relief
(The Hill)  Officials representing the private bus industry fear it could disappear unless Congress steps in, a coronavirus pandemic casualty that would wreak havoc on intercity travel, school buses, tourism, military transportation, and disaster relief.

Military Families Can See Moving Company Red Flags on New Website
(  The military rolled out a new website service this week for military families on permanent change of station, or PCS, orders that shows whether moving companies are regularly on time or have been suspended at some point.

Army Explores ‘Exportable’ CTC Rotations for Training Pacific Troops
(ArmyTimes)  During the Global War on Terror, rotations to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA, and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA, became a universal experience for Soldiers. But they have also long been a headache for planners, especially those in HI and AK. Now, the Army is bringing JRTC out to HI for its first-ever “home-station Combat Training Center rotation.”

DoD’s Commercial Buying Challenges
(Federal News Network)  One of the many questions that will face the Biden administration this year is how to improve defense acquisition. A central challenge has been the inability of the Department of Defense to attract non-traditional suppliers, who often make most of their revenue in the commercial sector.

The CEO of a Logistics Startup Took a Boat Tour of the Port of Long Beach and Found A Lot of Things Wrong, Including Terminals ‘Simply Overflowing with Containers’
(Business Insider)  As US shipping ports grow increasingly congested, logistics leaders and local officials are seeking solutions to the national supply chain crisis. The City of Long Beach, California, issued a statement announcing it will temporarily permit additional container stacking to free up space and alleviate port congestion.


U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index™ Reports Modest Growth in Third Quarter
(U.S. Bank)  Freight spending and volume for truckload movement continued to climb in the third quarter of 2021, according to the new U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index. However, several headwinds – including persistent supply chain challenges, weather, and the economic impact of the COVID-19 Delta variant – caused the number of shipments in the third quarter to increase at a slower rate than the previous quarter.

Wanted: 80,000 Truck Drivers to Help Fix the Supply Chain
(CNN)  The trucking industry is short 80,000 drivers, a record high and a 30% increase from before the pandemic when the industry already faced a labor shortage of 61,500 drivers, according to Chris Spear, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations.

TPR Sept/Oct 2021 Newsletter – 2021 Best Places to Work and TOTE Giving Back
(TOTE Maritime)  The latest edition of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico’s Marlin Report is available and features articles on the completion of the company’s first renewable LNG bunkering in the US, reliable delivery to Puerto Rico, and much more.

DHL Expands Operations in Philadelphia and New Jersey with Opening of Two New Service Centers
(DHL) DHL recently opened new facilities in Philadelphia and New Jersey, further growing the company’s footprint in the region, including northern Delaware.  The $20 million investment establishes more conveniently located and spacious facilities, which will increase shipment capacity and enable faster shipment processing, resulting in earlier deliveries for local customers.

AAR Signs Contract with flydubai for Continuing Boeing 737NG PBH Component Support
(AAR CORP.)  AAR has announced that it signed an agreement with flydubai to renew its power-by-the-hour (PBH) component pool and repair support for the airline´s Next-Generation (NG) Boeing 737 fleet. The new five-year contract builds on a partnership that started in 2016 to provide comprehensive rotable component support for flydubai’s 737NG fleet.


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