Battle of the Atlantic--again?

Author:Buzby, Mark H.
Position:PRESIDENT'S CORNER - President's page

Once again it is our pleasure to present the annual NDTA Almanac edition, our compendium of who's who in the world of defense transportation, and passenger travel and support services. I'm pleased to say that this year's edition is larger than last year's with the addition of several new corporate members and upgraded returning members. Welcome aboard!

In these pages we've assembled for you all the information needed to stay connected with every facet of our enterprise, and hope that you will keep this edition close at hand and refer to it often as a convenient reference. All of us--to do our jobs properly--need to coordinate and communicate frequently. I think this Almanac contributes meaningfully toward facilitating those conversations.

In April, senior leadership from our Chairman's Circle and Chairman's Circle Plus corporate membership travelled to Ponte Vedra, Florida, for the annual Transportation Advisory Board (TAB)--a day of briefings and discussions with leaders from government, this year led by US Transportation Command Deputy Commander LTG Steve Lyons, USA. This event has grown over the years from a dozen or so attendees to nearly 80 senior leaders over a two-day event owing to the richness of the discussions, which cover every mode and facet of defense logistics. The discussions are frank and typically unvarnished, and have proven over the years to be extremely beneficial to helping to build the trusting relationships vital to the smooth functioning of logistics enterprise. This year was no different, and the general sense of the meeting was that most transportation sectors believe that the economic downturn experienced by many had begun to trend upward. There remains a "wait and see" attitude in many sectors, buoyed by potential impacts from the president's stated intentions to increase military spending and make substantial investments in transportation infrastructure.

All this comes at a time when national security threats from traditional and emerging peer competitors and other protagonists are on the rise. "Four Plus One" is what you hear mentioned most often inside the Beltway as the focus of our major threat concerns: Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, plus global terrorism. Unlike the Cold War-era focus on the monolithic Soviet threat, today we have a complicated national security calculus that requires a different approach to each potential threat. That has big implications for the defense logistics system and how we...

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