The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

September 14, 2023

Highlights of the Upcoming Transportation Academy

NDTA and USTRANSCOM are pleased to announce new Transportation Academy courses. The schedule, featuring 70+ classes and seminars, continues to be updated on the Transportation Academy webpage. Join these sessions for valuable, interactive audience dialogue related to “Advancing U.S. Power Projections with Allies and Partners”. […READ MORE…]

NDTA Houston Chapter Luncheon

The NDTA Houston Chapter welcomes guest speaker Chris Thayer, Director, Maritime Operations, Military Sealift Command, to its luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 14. The luncheon takes place from noon to 1pm at the Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport (425 North Sam Houston Parkway East). Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted at the door.

Sobeck Takes Command of Military Sealift Command as Wettlaufer Retires

Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer turned over the helm as commander of Military Sealift Command to Rear Adm. Philip E. Sobeck during a change of command and retirement ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 8. […READ MORE…]

Corps and Division Deployments: Not a Do-It-Yourself Move!

As the Army moves away from BCT-centric deployments to Division-centric deployment, what special planning, training and preparation is taking place? What is the speed of war and how do we collectively achieve it? […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

The US Navy is Spending Billions to Stabilize Vendors. Will It Work?

(Defense News)  The Navy says industry will have additional capacity to start increasing the size of the attack sub fleet by the early 2030s. To get there, the sea service anticipates spending $6.3 billion to bolster the submarine-industrial base — on top of the annual cost of buying and repairing submarines. But has the first tranche of investments yielded enough progress to warrant the Navy’s optimism?

Congress has 11 days to Pass 12 Funding Bills—and That’s Not Likely

(Defense One)  Congress has just 11 days when it’s in session before the next federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, 2023. And in that time, it will need to enact all 12 appropriation bills to ensure that government agencies and departments have funding to keep programs going – or face a potential government shutdown.

Mom and Pops Are Taking Significant Share of Trucking Industry

(Freight Waves)  Trucking is among the most fragmented industries on the planet. Growing up, I was told that there would be massive consolidation in the trucking industry following deregulation in 1980. Instead, the opposite has happened.

New Cyber Office Demonstrates Importance of Tackling Maritime Cyber Threat

(The Maritime Executive)  The US Navy recently established the Maritime Cyber Warfare Officer (MCWO), as directed by the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The MCWO designator puts an emphasis on cyber specialization among Navy officers and demonstrates the Navy’s recognition of the evolving nature of warfare.

Britain Tests Transport Drone’s Ability to Land, Take Off From Ship

(Defense News)  A twin-engine transport drone has landed on the deck of a British aircraft carrier in what the Royal Navy said is a first for the service.

WELCOME New NDTA Corporate Members
Please join NDTA in welcoming our newest Chairman’s Circle member, Corporate Travel Management (CTM), and our newest Sustaining member, JET Infrastructure!

HomeSafe Alliance and USTRANSCOM Continue Global Household Goods Contract Transition with Adjusted Phase-in Schedule

(Homesafe Alliance)  HomeSafe Alliance received notice from U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) that the timeline for the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) phase-in process has been adjusted. The first shipments under the GHC are still set to begin in 2023 but later than the initial September target. The schedule remains on track for HomeSafe to perform 100% of domestic household goods moves for the 2024 summer peak moving season.

Boeing to Lead Counter-Hypersonic Flight Test, Evaluation for DARPA’s Glide Breaker

(Boeing)  Boeing will develop and test technologies for a hypersonic interceptor prototype for DARPA’s Glide Breaker program as part of a four-year effort. “Hypersonic vehicles are among the most dangerous and rapidly evolving threats facing national security,” said Gil Griffin, executive director of Boeing Phantom Works Advanced Weapons. “We’re focusing on the technological understanding needed to further develop our nation’s counter-hypersonic capabilities and defend from future threats.”

A.P. Moller – Maersk Teams with Fabric to Implement AI-Driven Automated Fulfillment Center for E-commerce

(Business Wire)  A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) and Fabric are introducing a new 38,000-square-foot automated-fulfillment center in Dallas, Texas, powered by Fabric’s advanced robotic and software technology. The new facility features an AI-driven, automated e-commerce fulfillment solution in an urban environment that maximizes warehouse productivity while minimizing real estate footprint requirements.

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