Author:Brown, William A.

Greetings everyone, I hope 2020 is off to a great start for you! Washington, DC, continues to boil on many domestic and international fronts. It often seems we are in some kind of stalemate, but I see development and strength in NDTA relationships and values. NDTA continues to look for opportunities to be resourceful, creative and innovative. As an enterprise, we involve ourselves in issues impacting the logistics capabilities of the Department of Defense(DOD) and our Nation. I invite everyone to continue involvement in NDTA chapters, committees, and at national meetings.

In this issue of the DTJ, we will look into laws, programs and regulations affecting capabilities and capacity. Looking back at NDTA's 75-year history last year highlighted the importance of comprehensive, non-partisan agreements on our national readiness and capacity to move and sustain people and equipment. Law-based programs such as the Civil Reserve Air Fleet Program (CRAF) and the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) provide our nation with access to US planes and vessels, and the crews to operate them as required. Over the past several years, USTRANSCOM has taken great strides, along with the Joint Staff, to articulate the risk presented if we do not continue to seek new solutions to add to our available options in peace and war.

Another national law that will get a lot of attention in 2020 is the Jones Act of 1920. The Cato Institute has called for the repeal of the Jones Act on its 100th anniversary. Principally, the Jones Act requires goods transported from one US port to another US port to be transported on US-built and US-crewed vessels. While NDTA does not and...

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