USTRANSCOM Technology for Readiness, Chinese Hackers Hit Air Industry, and more news

Oct 3, 2019 | NDTAGram

What to Expect at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting

A speech by the Secretary of Transportation is expected to be one of many highlights next week

The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting in St. Louis, 7-10 October is upon us. Over 1,300 people are registered—over half of which are military, but industry is catching up. Check out the latest agenda at and make sure to plan which Transportation Academy classes you will attend. The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Transportation, is one of many featured guest spe akers. This is promising to be a great event—to Engage, Educate and Move Forward. Here are a few highlights you may not have heard about:

  • NDTA members will be presented with the 75th Anniversary Yearbook
  • There are 67 organizations exhibiting and 32 sponsoring
  • Norfolk Southern’s band, “The Lawmen” will play during Monday’s welcome reception and beyond
  • BNSF Train Ride on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • NDTA Foundation Scholarship 50/50 Raffle
  • Tours of St. Louis Union Station, a National Historic Landmark, on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Most importantly, don’t miss the 75th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, with music provided by Starlifter, Air Force Band of Mid-America, and USO Troupe
  • 75th Anniversary Fall Meeting Events:
    • 75th Anniversary Art Work Unveiling – Opening Ceremony Tuesday morning
    • Get your official individual or group photo with the 75th Anniversary Art Work at the conclusion of the Chairman’s Reception Wednesday evening
    • See the USO Show Troupe – Performing at the 75th Anniversary Expo, Expo Hall – Wednesday beginning at 5:00pm and at the Chairman’s 75th Anniversary Reception beginning at 5:45pm at the Grand Ballroom
    • See the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, Starlifters – Wednesday beginning at 5:45pm at the Chairman’s 75th Anniversary Reception at the Grand Ballroom
    • Join us for the NDTA 75th Anniversary Cake Cutting Ceremony as part of the Chairman’s 75th Anniversary Reception


Government & Military News

US Transportation Command: Technology Through the Lens of Warfighting Readiness –  October DTJ Sneak Peak
(Defense Transportation Journal [DTJ]) The US Transportation Command conducts globally integrated mobility operations in order to project and sustain the Joint Force in support of national objectives. To project the Joint Force today, the Department of Defense uses a global network of nodes—aerial ports, seaports, distribution hubs and staging bases. READ MORE

Trump Administration Announces Tariffs on Whiskey, Cheese and Aircrafts from the E.U.
(Time) The Trump administration has announced it will impose tariffs on $7.5 billion in European imports beginning Oct. 18. This latest escalation in the administration’s tariffs will open a new chapter in the trade wars that are depressing the world economy and heightening fears of a global recession. READ MORE

Admiral: U.S. Needs More Ships in Europe to Counter Growing Russian Threats
(USNI News) The head of Naval Forces Europe is making a pitch for more ships to provide presence, training and crisis response capability in his area of the world, even as tensions are rising globally. READ MORE

Trump Signs Continuing Resolution, Averting Government Shutdown Until Nov. 21
(Federal News Network) President Donald Trump has signed a seven-week continuing resolution into law, delaying the possibility of another government shutdown until Nov. 21 and buying lawmakers more time to negotiate over several full-year appropriations bills. READ MORE 

A Striking New Vision for the Marines, and a Wakeup Call for the Other Services
(War on the Rocks) Military planning documents rarely draw more than a yawn in Washington, but the new Marine Corps Commandant’s Planning Guidance is proving an exception. READ MORE

Industry News

Chinese Hackers Suspected of Airbus Cyberattacks—A350 Among Targets
(Forbes) Airbus has been hit again by nation-state cyberattacker, according to a recent AFP report. Citing security sources, the news agency reported that a notorious Chinese state-sponsored hacking group is being linked to the attacks which targeted key suppliers to access the company’s secure data. READ MORE

Port Officials Say Even with Trade Uncertainty, Now is Time to Expand
(Transport Topics) U.S. seaports hoping to benefit from the demands of bigger cargo ships are investing in Neopanamax electric cranes to expand their shipping channels. READ MORE

Economic Forecast for Trucking: Gloomy with a Chance of Recession
(FleetOwner) An economic storm is brewing over the trucking industry. Here’s what you need to know to weather it. READ MORE

For Supply Chains, Customer Experience is the New Differentiator
(Supply Chain Brain) New delivery models and e-commerce are causing customers to expect immediate, accurate and flexible product delivery at any quantity. So how can you deliver this new level of customer experience, while managing costs and limiting business disruption? By making your supply chain customer-centric. READ MORE

Examining Autonomous Ships’ Vulnerability to Piracy
(Maritime Executive) Autonomous ships are a hot topic in the maritime sector; piracy and armed robbery too. Since the beginning of the year, according to the IMB, almost 100 attacks have been committed against ships all around the world, but what would happen if an autonomous ship were hijacked? READ MORE

Member Highlights

Manage Fuel Expenses at the Push of a Button
(Landstar) Only two months after its release, more than 8,500 owner-operators are using the LandstarOne™ mobile app to save money and make better business decisions. READ MORE

Chapman Freeborn OBC Expands Global Footprint with New Office in Los Angeles, California
(Chapman Freeborn) Chapman Freeborn OBC has expanded its global network of offices to Los Angeles, California to help provide dedicated support for customers in the US market. The on board courier (OBC) specialist delivers time-critical consignments of manufacturing components, prototypes, and product samples – with hand-carry couriers personally accompanying the shipments from pick-up to final delivery, anywhere in the world. READ MORE
IMO2020: “The Biggest Challenge Will Be Optimal Bunker Management.”

(Hapag-Lloyd) As of 1 January 2020, the sulphur content of marine fuels may not exceed 0.5 percent. Hapag-Lloyd visits one of its ships to hear how the crew is preparing for this transition. READ MORE
United to Host Record Number of Events Promoting Aviation Career Opportunities for Women

(United Airlines) United Airlines is celebrating Women in Aviation International’s annual Girls in Aviation Day with an airline record total of 14 locations around the world. On Oct. 2 and Oct. 5, more than 500 girls from various non-profit organizations are joining United for hands-on experiences and to learn from women about various career opportunities available in aviation, with a focus on non-traditionally female roles. READ MORE
Crowley Expands Government Supply Chain Services with New Cross-Dock Facility

(Crowley) Crowley Solutions has expanded its supply chain services with the opening of a 30,000-square-foot cross-dock with warehousing capabilities in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. The new cross-dock will increase the efficiency, lane density and volume of freight transportation serving government customers in the area, including Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution Susquehanna in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. READ MORE

NDTA News & Events

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