A single commercial firm may soon be managing a portion of the Defense Dept's commercial freight.

A contracting board of the Military Traffic Management Command is currently reviewing bids from third party logistics providers for the management of military freight in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. MTMC says this is a pilot test to determine if commercial management is feasible for all military shipments in the three-state region, which originates an estimated 50,000 shipments annually.
The Third-Party Logistics pilot is part of a reform program aimed at streamlining freight shipments through greater use of commercial transportation systems and processes. Bidders were asked to submit a small business plan, a concept of operations and a plan for meeting surge cargo in a contingency. Bids closed Aug. 15. The contract is expected to be awarded by November or early December.