A Look Back at 2019 and Forward to 2020.

Author:Brown, William A.

The holidays are around the corner and the NDTA Staff hopes it is a special time for you and your family. We also remember all serving in the military and government, especially those deployed around the world and thank them for their sacrifices--hoping they return safely. It is hard to fathom, but looking ahead, we will soon ring in a new decade, and we do so with optimism, sincerity and hope.

Looking back on the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, we are grateful for the success of the event to provide open dialog, engagement, and educational opportunities between and with government and industry. I want to provide a few highlights from the Fall Meeting, but you can find additional information posted at www.ndtahq.com/events/fall-meeting/.

Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, warmly addressed the audience and recognized the 75th Anniversary of NDTA. She stressed the Department's support for innovation in every sector of transportation, including her goal to innovate while balancing safety (her number one priority) with the rollout of emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles. Her support for infrastructure improvements throughout the nation's transportation networks was evident, covering all transportation modes and highlighting shipbuilding and ports infrastructure.

General Steve Lyons, USTRANSCOM Commander, challenged the audience with a concept for Global Command and Control that emphasized digital modernization and leveraging technology to set conditions for the US to retain a comparative advantage in order to avoid great power conflict. Our success as logisticians and transporters will rely on the enterprise's ability to be strategically predictable and operationally unpredictable to deploy and support military forces globally.

Cybersecurity remains a top discussion priority, but it is clear we need to take our discussions up a notch. We have "admitted we have a problem." Most companies are familiar with and are implementing the applicable National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SP800-171. But companies are starting to ask if the NIST standards are enough to lower the attack surface presented to would-be adversaries. Likewise, there is frustration over who within government is in charge. These are all things that need to be sorted out. Many thanks to Mr. Tom Musante from Atlas Air Worldwide for running the cyber panel with leaders from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of...

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