The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

September 20, 2023

Fall Meeting Panel to Explore Deployment to & Sustainment in Austere Locations

NDTA and USTRANSCOM look forward to seeing you at the Fall Meeting, October 31 – November 3, 2023 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando, FL. The event features engaging roundtable discussions with experienced government and industry transportation and logistics leaders to round out the 2023 theme, “Advancing Power Projection with Allies and Partners.” […READ MORE…]

NDTA Welcomes New Committee Chairs

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Board of Directors recently appointed two administrative and one functional new committee chairs. […READ MORE…]


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Department of Defense Enters an Agreement to Expand Domestic Manufacturing to Strengthen U.S. Supply Chains for Rare Earth Magnets

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy, through its Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCEIP) office, issued an award to E-VAC Magnetics, LLC (E-VAC) to establish a domestic rare earth permanent magnet manufacturing capability.  E-VAC is part of VAC Group, a manufacturer of rare earth permanent magnets. […READ MORE...]

Join the NDTA North Florida Chapter on October 10

The Transportation and Logistics Organization Network (TALON), a collaborative effort between eight industry-related organizations that focus on information sharing, workforce development, business and economic opportunities for the Northeast Florida region, will be hosting an all-day event at the Jacksonville Public Library on October 10. NDTA-North Florida’s Featured Speaker will be Captain Mark Bolls, Commander of Fleet, JAX NAVSUP. For more details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Transportation Subject to Multiple Threats by a Range of Actors, DHS Warns

(Homeland Security Today)  The 2024 threat assessment from the Department of Homeland Security says domestic and foreign adversaries likely will continue to threaten the integrity of U.S. critical infrastructure—including the transportation sector—over the next year, in part because they perceive targeting these sectors would have cascading impacts on U.S. industries and the American way of life. 

America Prepares for a Pacific War with China It Doesn’t Want

(Foreign Policy)  The United States is working to ensure its military capacities can be intermingled with local allies and partners in “integrated deterrence.” This requires sustaining forces thousands of miles from the United States, sitting at the end of intricate supply chains that China has every interest in breaking.

Hundreds of Flying Taxis to be Made in Ohio, Home of the Wright brothers and Astronaut Legends

(The Associated Press)  The same Ohio river valley where the Wright brothers pioneered human flight will soon be manufacturing cutting-edge electric planes that take off and land vertically, under an agreement announced Monday between the state and Joby Aviation Inc.

Pentagon Arms Ukraine with ‘Industrial-Size’ 3D Printers

(Defense Scoop)  You can add “industrial-size” 3D printers to the list of items the U.S. has provided Ukraine to help it combat Russian forces. The newly delivered equipment will allow Ukraine to up its game with additive manufacturing to generate spare parts for its battlefield forces, according to Pentagon acquisition chief William LaPlante.

Junk Fee Crackdown in California Would Hit Hotels and Short-Term Rentals

(Skift)  California legislators have passed two bills that could impact how the state’s 6,000 hotels and thousands of short-term rentals inform consumers about so-called junk fees, such as resort fees and housekeeping fees. Many hotel companies and online travel agencies would likely seek uniform price displays across the U.S. for simplicity’s sake.

Crowley and SEACOR’s Seabulk Launch New JV Jones Act Tanker Company

(The Maritime Executive)  Crowley and SEACOR Holdings, through its subsidiary Seabulk Tankers, have agreed to integrate their liquid energy and chemical transportation vessels, operations, and related services into a new, independent U.S. Jones Act service provider, Fairwater Holdings. The new company looks to combine the strengths of two leaders in the sector to meet the challenges and opportunities in the U.S. domestic market.

Union Pacific’s Newest Offering Removes Full Day of Transit Between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, Creating Unmatched Service for Customers

(Union Pacific)  Union Pacific recently removed a full day of transit time for customers shipping on Eagle and Falcon Premium. Eagle Premium delivers seamless interchange between Mexico, Chicago, the West Coast, and eastern U.S. points, including Detroit, Michigan and Louisville, Kentucky. Falcon Premium, developed jointly with Canadian National (CN) and Grupo Mexico (GMXT), serves all CN points within Canada and Detroit, Michigan.

Historic Moment: World’s First Green Methanol-Powered Container Vessel Named in Denmark

(Marine Link)  Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, on Thursday named the world’s first-ever container vessel sailing on green methanol. The Danish-flagged 172-meter-long vessel has been described as a key milestone for A.P. Moller-Maersk’s plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2040 across the entire business.

Wyndham Elevates the Hotel Ownership Experience, Launches New Owner and Guest Engagement Platforms

(Wyndham Hotels & Resorts) Wyndham has announced new efforts to further elevate the hotel ownership experience for its franchisees around the globe—debuting new, state-of-the-art, owner and guest engagement platforms. The innovative offerings will help owners streamline operations, enhance the guest experience and increase profitability.

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