The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

October 26, 2022


NDTA GovTravels Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration is Open

If you provide travel and passenger services to the government or support organizations that do, we encourage your participation at GovTravels 2023 taking place February 27th-March 1st at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA. If your goals include increasing brand awareness, visibility, and/or positioning your organization as a solutions provider, you should consider sponsorship and exhibiting. The ROI is strong and proven. […READ MORE…]


VCJCS Describes Logistical Challenges in Global Security Environment

By David Vergun, DOD News

Logistical and other warfighting strategies focus first and foremost on the threat, and that informs all decisions and actions taken by the Defense Department, the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said. […READ MORE…]


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FEMA Releases National Continuous Improvement Guidance

FEMA published the “National Continuous Improvement Guidance.” This guidance provides an approach to conduct consistent and rigorous continuous improvement activities before, during, and after real-world incidents. […READ MORE…]


AMC Leaders to Present 96 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 12 Bronze Star Medals, and Gallant Unit Citation for Operation Allies Refuge

By Air Mobility Command Public Affairs

Air Mobility Command has announced commanders will present 96 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 12 Bronze Star Medals, and one Gallant Unit Citation to mobility Airmen who supported Operation Allies Refuge. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Smuggler Tech: Low-Profile Boats Could Resupply the Marine Corps
(The Maritime Executive)  The Marine Corps is faced with an intensified challenge of contested logistics as it employs its novel concept of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO). Supplying these bases will be difficult since their location is expected to frequently shift, and reliance on the conventional global logistics chain may not be responsive in a contested environment.

Making Infrastructure Spending Really Smart for the Next 100 Years – The Geographic Approach
(Forbes)  When people talk about “smart infrastructure,” here’s what they’re talking about: Iowa’s roads in the winter. Iowa synthesizes data from a dozen different sources in a way that would have seemed like science fiction even a decade ago, providing a vivid, intuitive picture of what’s happening where. Innovative, useful, and now indispensable—it’s something much more. It’s exactly the kind of new tool we will need to adapt as the U.S. undertakes the most sweeping overhaul of its infrastructure in nearly seven decades.

Space Force to Seek Budget Boost Beyond 2023, China’s Capabilities are ‘Close to Ours’
(SpaceNews)  Gen. David “DT” Thompson, U.S. vice chief of space operations, said the Space Force is likely to see continued funding increases to counter China’s rapid advances in its space program.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel: Investing in the Future
(War on the Rocks)  Private industry and government have an opportunity to invest in another new kind of fuel to provide for the national defense: sustainable aviation fuel. There are challenges, but the opportunity for the United States is significant.

Fixing the U.S. Semiconductor Supply Chain
(Harvard Business Review)  The persistent global shortage of semiconductors has prompted governments and chip manufacturers around the world to take actions to expand production and prevent such shortages from occurring again. But in formulating their plans, they should include measures to ensure that future supply chains for computer chips are resilient.


AIT Worldwide Logistics Forms CRAF Partnership with Kalitta Air
(AIT Worldwide Logistics)  AIT Worldwide Logistics has entered into a new Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) partnership with Ypsilanti, Michigan-based Kalitta Air. The strategic alliance continues AIT’s longstanding designation as a CRAF-sponsored freight forwarder, enabling the company to continue critical supply chain support for United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) missions, while also increasing access to global routes, capacity, and charters for customers.

Ports America Sets Environmental Goals: Aims for Green Marine Certification Across Ports
(Ports America)  Ports America, the largest terminal operator and stevedore in the nation, has announced its goal to achieve Green Marine environmental certification at various ports across the United States. The rigorous program offers its participants, on the way to sustainable marine transportation, a comprehensive framework to measurably reduce their environmental footprint.

ATA: Driver Shortage Remains Near Record High
[American Trucking Associations (ATA)]  According to a new report by the ATA, the ongoing truck driver shortage has eased slightly, but remains near its all-time high—placing the current shortage at roughly 78,000 drivers.

U.S. Bank: Truck Freight Shipments, Spending Contract in Third Quarter
(U.S. Bank)  The recently released 3rd quarter 2022 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index show the biggest quarterly drop in shipments since the start of the year. A contraction that would have been steeper if not for strong uptick in the Southwest region.


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