The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

September 1, 2020


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting Keynote Speakers

The NDTA-USTRANSCOM “Virtual” Fall Meeting will be innovative and disruptive and will help provide you with a 20/20 vision for the future.  To guide us on our journey we have an impressive line-up of Keynote speakers:



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NDAA Sec. 889 Updates

GSA has released helpful information on NDAA Section 889:

What is Sec. 889 You Ask?
On August 13, 2018, Congress passed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. Section 889 of the NDAA includes two prohibitions regarding certain telecommunications and video surveillance equipment and services (telecom).


A Discussion About Power Projection and Mobilization

MG Kurt J. Ryan, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), presented A Discussion About Power Projection and Mobilization during the Surface Force Projection Virtual Conference on July 30, 2020.

The conference was presented by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CNU CAS), in collaboration with the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). The theme of this year’s conference was Enabling Dynamic Force Employment Through Global Port Readiness.



Partner News

The Defense Travel Dispatch is Here!

The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) has released the latest edition of its newsletter, the Defense Travel Dispatch. This issue features a message from Director Bill Mansell, as well as information on DTMO’s Smart Dining program, an update on Defense Travel modernization prototype, and much more.


Editor’s Picks

China Planning High-Speed Rail Freight Network to Help E-Commerce Sector
(South China Morning Post) China’s state-owned railway operator is planning to accelerate the development of a high-speed freight network in the hope of bolstering the e-commerce network.

The Next Supply Chain Challenge: How to Vaccinate the World
(Forbes) The next ‘real’ supply chain crisis however will be to vaccinate the whole world, safely, efficiently, and fairly. We have to get from formulating, to planning, to manufacturing and finally distributing billions of doses of vaccine.

America’s 355-Ship Navy Does Not Have to Be the Current Fantasy
(Defense News) Current law and presidential policy established 355 ships, including 12 carriers and 66 submarines, as the U.S. Navy force goal. Since few mission categories have support of law, budgets should reflect this priority. They have not.

Can AI Solve the Rare Earths Problem? Chinese and U.S. Researchers Think So
(Defense One) A joint U.S.-Chinese research team has shown that artificial intelligence can help find potent new combinations of materials to replace rare earth metals that are key to military technology.

For US Air Force Pilots, the Toughest Training Flights are Going Virtual
(Defense News) A new simulator campus at Nellis Air Force Base could be key for the U.S. Air Force as it grapples with the question of how it can train pilots against complex threats like Russia and China at a budget-friendly cost.


10 Tips for Facilitating Cross-Border Trade
(Landstar) According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 69.8 percent of all freight crossing the U.S.-Mexico border was carried by truck in 2019. With such a high volume of loads crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on a daily basis, shippers should be aware of the intricacies of cross-border transportation regulations and procedures to have a successful, efficient supply chain.

Crowley Expands to Support Defense Technology Logistics
(Crowley) Crowley Solutions, a leading provider of high-quality supply chain services to the government, has expanded solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) technology sector, providing end-to-end services to help ensure hardware reaches warfighters around the globe.

FedEx and Direct Relief Team Up to Deliver Aid to Lebanon
(FedEx) More than 60 tons of critical aid will soon offer needed relief to medical personnel in Beirut, Lebanon. FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) transported the emergency supplies via a dedicated charter flight to help health facilities responding after a deadly explosion ripped through the city earlier this month, putting significant strain on the medical system.

Mission Complete: Navy Cargo Handlers Complete 68th edition of Operation Pacer Goose
(Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group) At Pier 8, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution pier, Sailors from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion Ten (NCHB-10) from Yorktown, VA, completed the offload of the Schuyler Line Magothy cargo vessel. The vessel returned from the annual resupply mission known as Operation Pacer Goose to Thule Air Force Base in Greenland earlier this month.

4 Tools to Defend Against Threat Actors and Data Loss
(Crowe LLP) Are you equipped to defend your organization’s data from threat actors? If you’re taking on threat actors and defending your company’s data assets, make sure you’re equipped with this critical cybersecurity toolkit.


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