Is TRANSCOM effectively delivering security assistance to Ukraine?


Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks meets with the commander of U.S. Transportation Command, Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, at Transcom headquarters, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 18, 2022. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

By David Vergun, DoD News


Gen. Jacqueline D. Van OvostU.S. Transportation Command commander, provided the keynote address Oct. 17 at the National Defense Transportation Association-Transcom fall meeting.

“Today, our logistical prowess remains on full display as we balance the rigors of our global mission, while ensuring Ukraine receives the aid necessary to defend their nation. I’ll bet [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin wishes he had transportation and logistics experts just like you,” she told the audience.

Even before the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, TRANSCOM was delivering weapons and equipment to Ukraine that would have direct impacts on the battlefield, Van Ovost pointed out.

Besides Russia, China is the other strategic competitor, she said.

TRANSCOM is keenly aware of the threat posed by China to TRANSCOM’s cyber network, and TRANSCOM has taken steps to ensure the network is secure, for example, implementing zero trust, she said.

Also, artificial intelligence and machine learning will play a part in cybersecurity and effective command, control and communications TRANSCOM requires to integrate and direct its intermodal transport system, she said.