The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

September 22, 2020


Defense Industry & Military Commands Taking Part in NDTA’s Fall Expo

In conjunction with the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting being held October 5-8, 2020, NDTA will hold its annual exposition. Like the Fall Meeting, this year’s expo will be a virtual event. The expo is another opportunity for education and information sharing.

Most exhibitors are vital partners with the military and help to provide the most responsive and strategic mobility the world has ever seen.  The other exhibitors are the military commands themselves. […READ MORE…]


Constraints-Based Thinking: A way to lead your organization to Breakthrough Results

By Sridharan Chandrasekaran, Partner, Goldratt Consulting

Work piling up? Late deliveries?

As a leader, you have a choice: survive and get by with incremental improvements or really focus your organization on delivering Breakthrough Results.

Most leaders want the Breakthrough Results but don’t know how to start. Constraints-Based Thinking, rooted in Dr. Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (ToC), might be the place to start.

Constraints-Based Thinking sees every organization as a system where people, processes, and resources depend on each other to produce the system’s final output.  […READ MORE…]


21st Century Railroading at the Speed of War

The 21st Century Railroading at the Speed of War course was presented by Lonnie R. Ortez, Senior Business Manager Sales at Union Pacific Railroad, and Don Jones, Short Line Development Manager at Norfolk Southern Corporation, during Transportation Academy on October 8, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. Held annually in conjunction with the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, Transportation Academy offers a broad range of educational, interactive courses covering various topics of interest to logistics and transportation professionals from the military, government, and industry.

Positive Train Control (PTC) is advanced technology designed to stop a train before certain accidents caused by human factors occur, such as derailments caused by excessive speeds or misaligned track switches, explained Ortez. However, he cautioned it will not prevent all accidents. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

New U.S. Government Rules Mean Rethinking Supply Chain Risk for Public and Private Sector Decision Makers
(Forbes) The United States Government is in the process of rolling out two far-reaching procurement changes aimed at securing the federal supply chain. Individually, each of these initiatives will have a substantial impact on federal purchasing. Together, they are the largest change in federal procurement practices in many years and have implications well beyond the direct provision of products and services to the U.S. Government.

House Stopgap Spending Bill Includes $1.6B for Columbia-Class Subs
(The Hill) The Navy would be allowed to buy the first two Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines under a stopgap government funding measure released by House Democrats on Monday. Typically, stopgap spending bills known as continuing resolutions (CR) bar any changes to existing funding, including preventing new purchases.

Bradley Fighting Vehicles Sent to Protect US Troops in Syria
( U.S. Central Command has directed the deployment of Bradley Fighting Vehicles, advanced Sentinel radar systems, and other assets to northeastern Syria to protect the remaining few hundred U.S. troops against Islamic State attack, CENTCOM said in a statement Friday.

Titanic Transatlantic Cargo Ship is Actually a Super-Sized Sailboat with Skyscraper-Style Sails
(Syfy Wire) Sailing across the seven seas with its soaring complement of five elegant sail-fins, a new transatlantic cargo vessel called the Oceanbird will endeavor to harness the mighty power of the wind to provide its sustainable green energy propulsion.


AIT Worldwide Logistics Provides Affordable Large Parcel Delivery Alternative for B2B and B2C Shippers Impacted by New Surcharges
(AIT) In response to new fees and surcharge increases recently instituted by major parcel carriers, AIT Worldwide Logistics has introduced an economical large parcel delivery service with no appointment and no signature required. The updated alternative enables retailers to continue shipping large, heavy packages without absorbing hefty price increases—or passing those costs along to their customers.

Biggest Vessel in Port’s History Calls; 15,000-Plus-TEU CMA CGM Brazil
(Port of Virginia) At more than 1,200 feet long and nearly 170 feet wide, the containership CMA CGM Brazil is massive. It is more than 100 feet longer than most U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and is bigger than any containership to call The Port of Virginia® or come to the U.S. East Coast.

Union Pacific Awards $10.2 Million in Local Grants with Majority Supporting COVID-19 Relief
(Union Pacific) Union Pacific Railroad’s Community Ties Giving Program awarded $10.2 million in local grants to more than 930 nonprofit organizations across its 23-state system. Grants are traditionally awarded in the company’s three philanthropic priority areas: safety, workforce development, and community spaces; however, nearly $7 million in 2020 grants went to address needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FedEx to Transform Package Tracking with SenseAware ID, the Latest Innovation in FedEx Sensor Technology
(FedEx) FedEx Corp. has announced the launch of SenseAware ID, a lightweight sensor-based logistics device that delivers a new level of precision tracking. The enhanced location visibility provided by this technology will create opportunities for FedEx customers to reimagine their supply chain through real-time updates on a package’s location within the FedEx Express network. 

Crowley Completes Challenging Over-the-Shore Fuel Delivery to U.S. Military in Remote Shemya
(Crowley) Crowley successfully lightered and delivered nearly four million gallons of military specification fuel to Eareckson Air Station on the Aleutian Island of Shemya in Alaska, overcoming challenges that included Mother Nature’s destruction of the island’s shoreside dock, remote location, and challenging weather and sea conditions.

Chapman Freeborn Delivers Mobile Hospital to Aid COVID-19 Relief Efforts in Guinea, West Africa
(Chapman Freeborn) Throughout 2020 Chapman Freeborn has been on the front line to help aid the global fight against COVID-19, working tirelessly to arrange cargo operations for PPE and medical supplies all over the world. Recently, the company’s cargo team completed an operation to transport vital Covid-19 medical equipment from Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) to Conakry, Guinea (CKY).


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