November 29, 2016

 NDTA Supports Toys for Tots


NDTA is now collecting toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which distributes these toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in local communities. Toys for Tots is a top rated charity with over 97% of donations going to support its mission of providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children.

New, unwrapped toys can be mailed to or dropped off at NDTA 50 South Pickett Street, Suite 220, Alexandria, VA  22304 (items must arrive by December 8). In conjunction with the toy collection, you are invited to join us for a reception December 8 at 1:00pm with light refreshments and a group photo with representatives from the US Marine Corps.

If you or your company would like to donate items or services for a raffle with reception attendees, please contact Patty Casidy at 703-751-5011 or


Government & Military News

In Compromise, NDAA to Create DOD New Chief Innovator Job, Keep AT&L
(Defense News) Instead of blowing up the Pentagon chief weapons buyer’s office, lawmakers will consider renaming it and creating a new chief technology officer charged with advancing technology and innovation. READ MORE

Latest Data on Positive Train Control Implementation Show Uneven Progress Across Railroads
(Federal Railroad Aministration) The Federal Railroad Administration has released third quarter 2016 data submitted by railroads on their progress in implementing Positive Train Control (PTC). READ MORE

Trump’s Promised Defense Buildup and Congress: Who Will Blink First?
(Defense News) For President-elect Donald Trump to make good on a multi-billion dollar campaign promise to expand the military with more ships, jets and troops, something has got to give. READ MORE


Industry News

Should Freight Carriers Swipe Left on Digital Freight Matching?
(Global Trade) To date, most of the conversation surrounding Digital Freight Matching (DFM) has focused on how this new type of service will affect shippers. However, increased adoption of DFM services will affect all supply chain and logistics professionals, including carriers. READ MORE

Oil Prices Tumble Nearly Four Percent on Doubts Over OPEC Production Cut
(Reuters) Oil prices fell almost four percent today on signs leading oil exporters in OPEC were struggling to agree on a deal to cut production to reduce global oversupply. READ MORE

Defense Innovation: Where Are Things Headed?
(Bloomberg) As President-elect Trump’s national security team begins to take shape, questions are swirling in the defense industry about the future of several key Obama administration initiatives to modernize the US military arsenal. READ MORE


NDTA Member Highlights

Trade Between North and South America Boosting National
(Air Cargo Week) Since the beginning of October, National Airlines has seen overall business trends improve by five to ten percent year-on-year, as global economies prepare for a strong holiday season and emerging markets increase trade both between each other and with developed economies. READ MORE

Crowley Awarded Large, Multi-year US Department of Defense Freight Services Contract
(Crowley Maritime Corporation) The US Transportation Command has awarded Crowley Logistics Inc., a subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corp., a multi-year contract to provide transportation and related services supporting DOD activities in the US and Canada. READ MORE

Shipping Giant Moves into Amazon’s Cloud
(Fortune) Amazon is kicking off its annual cloud fest a bit early this year, with news that Matson has moved all of its critical operations to Amazon Web Services, closing four data centers in the process. READ MORE


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