NASCO would control all sub-contracts for the system, with a focus on generating marketable business data and supply-chain logistics from everyone using I-35 for freight. In April, Brad Larsen, MnDOT's Federal Relations Manager, and
the U's Center for Transportation Studies Director Bob Johns,
discussed over emails that "it sounds like NASCO has a couple very interesting projects going on - the NAFTRACS project involves Lockheed." The
other responds, "Our local Lockheed office seems to be a big player--influencing earmarks. Not sure what we will do." Elsewhere, the Eagan Lockheed
office is described as a leading team for collecting the NAFTRACS business data.
I will resist speculating on 'what it all means,' since clearly this complex plan is international in scope. The document batch is hundreds of pages
long, and I have not reviewed all of it. Your Web Editor, who discovered all this, wants to stress: this plan seems to promote long-range shipping at
the expense of developing local economies, and it seems unreasonable for Lockheed to get all the data from such a plan. It seems like a way to put
Lockheed in charge of maximizing imports from China, when our efforts could be better directed towards non-intrusive local economic development and
non-contractor-dominated security systems, instead. This doc dump cries out for a mass of bloggers to digest it: are there any takers out there?
Thanks for taking a look everyone!