The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

September 7, 2022


Transportation Academy Classes Explore Vital Topics

The 10th annual NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting is scheduled for October 17-20, 2022, at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Take a peek at some of the Transportation Academy session leaders and topics below and visit the NDTA website for even more Transportation Academy tracks, topics and speakers. The Transportation Academy includes 60+ sessions and an opportunity to register for continuing education units. Register today. […READ MORE…]


Civil Reserve Air Fleet is Critical to National Security

By USTRANSCOM Public Affairs; Kenneth Brennan, Director of Acquisition, USTRANSCOM; Dr. Joseph Mason, Historian, USTRANSCOM; and Douglas Cook, Deputy Chief, Airlift Division, Acquisition

One year ago on August 22, 2021, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) activated Stage 1 of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to move as many people as physically possible to safety during the historic Afghanistan Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO). […READ MORE…]


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Jones Act Shipping – More Affordable and Reliable Delivery for Puerto Rico

The Transportation Institute (TI) has released a comprehensive study by Ernst & Young (EY) evaluating the Jones Act and its implications on freight rates, container availability, port congestion, and carrier performance in the Caribbean Region relative to global averages. […READ MORE…]


USTRANSCOM Cyber Pulse Newsletter

The latest USTRANSCOM Cyber Pulse newsletter is out and features information on:
• CISA Adds Ten Known Exploited Vulnerabilities to Catalog
• Major airline technology provider Accelya attacked by ransomware group
• PayPal Phishing Scam Uses Invoices Sent Via PayPal
• US Coast Guard Cyber Command Maritime Cyber Alert 03-22
• Bugdrop: the first malware trying to circumvent Google’s security Controls
• Chinese Cyberspies Use Supply Chain Attack to Deliver Windows, macOS Malware   […


NOAA Seeks Experts for Its Ocean Research Advisory Panel

NOAA is looking for experts with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and expertise to join the Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP), including those from historically underrepresented backgrounds. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

SPACECOM Deputy Says ‘Maneuver and Logistics’ Key in Future Operations
(Breaking Defense)  The capability to rapidly maneuver satellites — and the space-based infrastructure, such as orbiting re-fueling stations, necessary to support that capability — is among Space Command’s top priorities for technological innovation, according to Lt. Gen. John Shaw, deputy commander.

Funding the Indo-Pacific Pivot
(War on the Rocks)  In recent years, lawmakers on the Armed Services Committees in Congress have attempted to work with Republican and Democratic administrations to strengthen the posture of the United States military in the Indo-Pacific and confront the challenge posed by China. Yet U.S. efforts to truly align resources accordingly have been frustrated since President Barack Obama’s administration first acknowledged that a shift was required.

GSA, CISA turning to AI Tools, Standards to Help Secure Federal Supply Chains
(Federal News Network)  Agencies are finding out quickly that there is a lot more that goes into trusting the vendors that they work with than what’s on the outside. New tools are giving agency acquisition and cybersecurity workers something equivalent to an MRI scan of the companies.

Defense Industry to Launch Inflation Relief Push in Congress
(MilitaryTimes)  Defense industry associations are laying the groundwork for a lobbying blitz next week when Congress returns from its summer recess to seek relief for contractors from inflation.

Avoiding Empty Cockpits: Addressing the Air Force’s Pilot Shortage Problem
(Breaking Defense)  Eyeing a possible conflict with China in the coming years, the US Air Force is trying to field next-generation aircraft in sufficient quantities to help deter aggression and achieve victory if deterrence fails. The problem is that the service consistently struggles to retain enough aviators to fly those aircraft.


Southwest Airlines Takes Business Travel to New Heights with Salesforce
(Salesforce) Southwest Airlines’ new travel portal, Southwest Business Assist, is a self-service tool powered by Salesforce Experience Cloud and Tableau that enables corporate travel buyers and travel management companies to more efficiently and conveniently manage their business travel programs and track important data.

Renamed AIT Truckload Solutions Team Aligns Under Parent Company AIT Worldwide Logistics
(AIT Worldwide Logistics)  AIT Worldwide Logistics is changing the name of its independent subsidiary, Summit Expedited Logistics, to AIT Truckload Solutions, effective immediately. According to AIT’s Executive Vice President, Truckload Brokerage, Perishables and Healthcare, Mike Rothacher, rebranding will better align the team known for its high-quality full truckload and less-than-truckload solutions with its parent company.

DHL Supply Chain Supports College Students and Supply Chain Industry Through Inaugural Future Leaders Scholarship
(DHL)  DHL Supply Chain, the Americas leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, today announced it has given more than $85,000 in scholarship funds to college students across the country as part of the inaugural DHL Supply Chain Future Leaders Scholarship.

Crowley Expands Engineering Services with Marine Interior Design Firm
(Crowley)  Crowley has expanded its vessel design services with the strategic integration of the Seattle-based marine interior design company, JE Russell Consulting. This addition will enable Crowley’s engineering services group to add the capability to complement vessels’ existing designs with interior designs, consulting and other service offerings.


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