The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

September 14, 2022


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Welcome Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff as Fall Meeting Keynote

Admiral Christopher W. Grady, USN, serves as the twelfth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is the Nation’s second highest-ranking military officer. During his esteemed career, Admiral Grady, a career Surface Warfare Officer, has served as Director of the Maritime Operations Center;  […READ MORE…]


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Biden Administration Launches Portal to Help Communities Assess Exposure to Climate Hazards

The Biden-Harris Administration in partnership with the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) jointly launched a new website to help communities across the nation understand the real-time climate-related hazards in their area, analyze projected long-term exposure to those hazards, and identify federal funds to support climate resilience projects for their communities. […READ MORE…]


GSA Rideshare/Ride-hail Program Update, General Services Administration

GSA’s Division of Travel Management provides government-wide travel programs in air, lodging, online travel management, data reporting, and travel agency services to support customer agencies in efficiently and effectively managing their travel claims. In the final session of GovTravels LITE, Ms. Ronda Boatright of GSA’s Office of Travel, Employee Relocation, and Transportation, provided an update on GSA Rideshare/Ride-Hail Programs. […READ MORE…]


Defense Department Moves Quick to Replenish Weapons Sent to Ukraine

By C. Todd Lopez, DOD News

Following Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, the United States embarked on a long-term commitment to provide Ukraine with the tools and equipment it needs to defend its sovereignty. Since that time, more than $14.5 billion in assistance has been committed to Ukraine. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Sustainment of Stand-In Force
(War on the Rocks)  Stand-in forces could provide joint force commanders with options for sustaining forward positioning in hostile environments. But the biggest challenge for the stand-in forces concept right now is that it puts marines inside high-threat areas with minimal logistics sustainment.

Pentagon Eyes Commercial Solution to Supply Chain Problems
(C4ISRNet)  The U.S. Department of Defense is looking to commercially available software to help address supply chain disruptions, a growing concern as companies large and small deal with the continued fallout of pandemic-related parts availability issues.

Pentagon Planning New Guidance to Help Contractors Squeezed by Inflation
(Federal News Network)  The Defense Department is preparing new guidance that would give its contracting officers more flexibility to reimburse vendors whose costs have ballooned because of inflation, updating an earlier policy document that industry groups complained did too little to prevent contractors from bearing the full brunt of higher prices.

Sierra Northern Unveils Hydrogen-Powered Locomotive Design
(Progressive Railroading)  Sierra Northern Railway (SERA) yesterday unveiled a new design for a hydrogen-powered switching locomotive. The railroad is retiring an older Tier 0 diesel locomotive and replacing it with the more environmentally friendly design.


WELCOME New NDTA Corporate Members
Please join NDTA in welcoming our newest Chairman’s Circle Plus member Reify Solutions, LLC, and our newest Sustaining members Kansas City Southern Railway Company and UNCOMN!

Pressure Mounting to Settle Railroads’ Labor Dispute
(Transport Topics)  With a Sept. 16 deadline looming, pressure is mounting on the nation’s major freight railroads and the unions to reach an agreement and avoid a potentially crippling strike or lockout. American Trucking Associations on Sept. 9 sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to intervene in the labor dispute, as Congress is allowed to do if no agreement is reached in the coming days.

McCollister’s Global Services, Inc. Continues Company Legacy with Acquisition of Horseless Carriage Carriers, Inc.
(McCollister’s Global Services)  McCollister’s Global Services Inc. recently announced the acquisition of Horseless Carriage Carriers, Inc, a nationwide enclosed vehicle, shipping, and storage company based out of Paterson, N.J.

DHL Express Invests in New, Larger San Diego Service Center
(DHL)  DHL recently relocated its facility in San Diego to a space that is more than double the size of the previous location. The $22M investment in the DHL Express service center increases shipment capacity and enables faster shipment processing, resulting in earlier deliveries for local customers.

Boeing Demonstrates Open Autonomy Architecture for Manned-Unmanned Teaming with MQ-25
(Boeing)  Boeing has digitally demonstrated a new open autonomy architecture for MQ-25 that will allow the U.S. Navy to increase mission effectiveness by integrating manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capability at speed and scale.


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