The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

September 15, 2020


NDTA Functional Committees, Subcommittee, and Young Leaders Meetings Open to All

If the extraordinary lineup of speakers, panels, and Transportation Academy classes was not enough, registered attendees of the 2020 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting (Virtual) now have another fantastic professional development opportunity. NDTA’s Functional Committees and Subcommittees will meet in sessions open to all participants. In addition, the Young Leaders Professional Development Session is back and also available for all participants. […READ MORE…]


Global Supply Chain Trends and Emerging Technologies in the Internet of Things

By Jeffrey Beaudoin, US Department of Defense

In 2020, new technologies are emerging at a break-neck pace to solve problems, fill gaps, drive process improvements, and solve problems that have not yet been realized. With emerging technologies and hyper-connected supply chains, we are seeing new trends in the way we approach logistics at many different levels. Artificial Intelligence is disrupting transportation modes like never before seen. Automation and robotics are helping make logistics operations safer and more efficient. Supply chain data is being collected, stored, and displayed in new and exciting ways with specialized software applications that bring greater visibility to assets. For every problem, there are twice as many solutions and ten times as many risks or ways for things to go wrong.

Securing the supply chain that rides on digital infrastructure and enhancing supply chain risk management (SCRM) are more important than ever. Risk management is not a new discipline, and neither is cybersecurity. They are not even new ideas. Both risk management and cybersecurity use models, concepts, frameworks, etc. that have existed for decades in other industries and have slowly made their way to the supply chain. […READ MORE…]


Transportation and Blockchain

In the simplest of terms, Blockchain is a growing list of records or “blocks” that are linked using cryptography. It is an open, distributed ledger, and it is that decentralized nature that ensures Blockchain transactions are secure and transparent. The technology has been most commonly known as an enabler of cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. However, its potential uses extend well beyond the digital exchange of currency.

One area where Blockchain’s potential is being realized is in transportation—and this was the focus of the Transportation and Blockchain class held October 7, 2019, during the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting. Led by Sarah Ropper, Director of Consulting, CGI Federal, panel members included Mahesh Sahasranaman, Principal Architect, UPS Supply Chain Solutions; Steven Balleby, Vice President, Global Industry Lead, Transportation and Logistics, CGI; and Dale Chrystie, Business Fellow, Blockchain Strategist, FedEx.  […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Marines and Mercenaries: Beware the Irregular Threat in the Littoral
(Center for International Maritime Security) The world is increasingly urban and littoral. This convergence between urbanization and the littoral, or littoralization, can lead to “the worst of both worlds” and may remake the littorals into hotspots of instability and conflict.

Expect US Election to Have Consequences for American Troops Overseas
(Military Times) President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden both say they want to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan. But their approaches differ, and the outcome of the Nov. 3 election will have long-term consequences not only for U.S. troops, but for the wider region.

DOD’s Forthcoming Data Strategy Focused on Joint Warfighting Approach
(FedScoop) The Department of Defense has been broadcasting its need to use “data as a strategic asset” for years now. But soon, it will give more weight to the phrase with a new data strategy that aims to empower every level of the DOD to more effectively use data.


UPS to Hire Over 100,000 for Holiday Season
(UPS) UPS has announced that it expects to hire over 100,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated annual increase in package volume that will begin in October 2020 and continue through January 2021.

Berry Aviation Awarded USTRANSCOM Delivery Order in East Africa
(Berry Aviation) The United States Transportation Command recently awarded Berry Aviation a delivery order under the Worldwide Airlift Services Program – Part 135 (WASP-135) to provide airlift services within U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) area of responsibility.

ARC Loads Mission Critical MV-22 Ospreys at Port of Jacksonville, Florida
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group Inc. [ARC]) ARC has loaded three mission-critical U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys onto the M/V Endurance at Blount Island Terminal at the Port of Jacksonville, Florida.

United Airlines Strengthens Global Network, Adding New Nonstops to Africa, India, and Hawaii
(United Airlines) United Airlines has announced plans to expand its global route network with new nonstop service to Africa, India, and Hawaii. With these new routes, United will offer more nonstop service to India and South Africa than any other U.S. carrier and remains the largest carrier between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.


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