March 13, 2018

GovTravels 2018

This past week NDTA and DTMO held their co-sponsored symposium on government travel and passenger services, GovTravels 2018. Thank you to attendees, speakers, panelists, and the countless others who made the event such a success!

Missed the meeting? Check out coverage in the April issue of the Defense Transportation Journal.

Editor’s Picks
With so much going on in the news over the past seven days, here are our picks for this week’s top news:


Government & Military News

MARAD: U.S. Short Almost 2,000 Mariners to Supply American Forces in War
(USNI News) If push comes to shove, the U.S. doesn’t have enough mariners to move tanks, personnel carriers, ammunition, medicines, food and water into a hot zone in a prolonged crisis, according to the head of the Maritime Administration. READ MORE

New Attacks Spark Concerns About Iranian Cyber Threat
(The Hill) Experts are sounding the alarm about new cyber activity from Iran, as hackers become more emboldened and skilled at carrying out surveillance operations and other attacks outside the country’s borders. READ MORE

New Plan, Ombudsman Focus on Strengthening Industry Engagement
(Defense Logistics Agency) For many years, the Defense Logistics Agency has sought opportunities to engage with its industry partners and adopt their best practices. Now DLA’s Acquisition Directorate has a new DLA Industry Engagement Plan and an ombudsman to help implement the plan’s features. READ MORE

US Air Force Orders Freeze on Public Outreach
(Defense News) The U.S. Air Force is slashing access to media embeds, base visits and interviews as it seeks to put the entire public affairs apparatus through retraining—a move it says is necessary for operational security, but one which could lead to a broader freeze in how the service interacts with the public. READ MORE

The Jones Act is Needed Now More Than Ever
(The National Interest) The Jones Act’s goals are more important today than when it was promulgated. The United States is a global military power, and much of that power rests on the ability to reliably move equipment and supplies by sea from U.S. ports to distant parts of the world. READ MORE

At a Crossroads, Part I: How Congress Can Find Its Way Back to Effective Defense Oversight
(War on the Rocks) Legislative branch oversight of America’s national security enterprise is under more stress than ever before. The atrophy of Congress’ oversight powers is often blamed on intensifying partisanship, growing demands on members’ time, and the intensity of the instantaneous, frenetic news cycle, but there’s more to it than that. READ MORE


Industry News

Other Voices: Bringing Data-Driven Analysis to Supply Chain Problems
(Modern Materials Handling) Data-driven methodologies have had less traction in supply chain than in other operations organizations, but the growth of IoT (Internet of Things) supply chain applications is changing that. READ MORE

U.S. More Vulnerable to Weaponized Cyberattacks Than You Think
(Fast Company) Experts on a panel at SXSW warn major hacking onslaughts of our infrastructure, personal data, and businesses are coming—and we’re not ready. READ MORE

Aviation Industry Braces for Brexit With CEOs Divided on Fallout
(Bloomberg) At an aviation summit in Brussels this past week, Europe’s main airlines put on a display of unity over the challenges ahead. But the industry’s chief executive officers were divided when it came to the biggest issue of all: Brexit. READ MORE

The Supply Chain Economy and the Future of Good Jobs in America
(Harvard Business Review) The U.S. supply chain is generally recognized as an integral part of the American economy, but for all of its importance, no one has identified what industries comprise the U.S. supply chain economy, quantified the number and quality of jobs it contains, or assessed how much it matters for innovation. READ MORE

Fingerprint Drug Testing for Drivers Now a Reality for Transport and Logistics Industry
(UKHauler) Intelligent Fingerprinting is bringing new levels of convenience, hygiene and speed to workplace drug testing for the transport and logistics industry with the availability of a simple, end-to-end drug testing solution based on fingerprint sweat analysis. READ MORE


Member Highlights

The Science of Story
(AAR) AAR has released a new case study, The Science of Story: Brand is a Reflection of Culture. The case study explores AAR Corp.’s decision to articulate a corporate purpose and refreshed values, and the integration of these within company culture. READ MORE

Flying into Pole Position
(Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks) Hear how the use of the Erickson’s S-64 Air Crane helicopter allowed a construction project extending electrical coverage in Scotland to overcome rugged terrain while minimizing environment and community impact. READ MORE

Norfolk Southern Rolls Out Next-Generation AccessNS Online Customer Portal
(Norfolk Southern) Norfolk Southern has released its next-generation AccessNS, an e-commerce tool that gives customers an efficient and convenient one-stop digital platform to conduct business with the railroad. READ MORE

CEVA Opens New Multi-User Facility in Penang, Malaysia
(CEVA Logistics) CEVA has officially opened a new multi-user facility in Penang, Malaysia. Situated within the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone Phase IV, the 70,000 sq ft facility is only 10 minutes away from the Penang International Airport and 10 minutes from the Penang bridge, connecting the island to mainland Malaysia. READ MORE

Atlas Air Worldwide Acquires Two Boeing 777 Freighters for ACMI Service
(Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.) Atlas has announced the acquisition of two Boeing 777 Freighters from LATAM Airlines, both of which will operate in ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) service for DHL Express. READ MORE


NDTA News & Events

San Joaquin Valley Chapter Event
Join the NDTA San Joaquin Valley Chapter March 20 for Taco Tuesday. The no-host social hour begins at 5:00pm and dinner at 6:00pm. 11:30am-1:15pm at the Hilton Crystal City. Destiny Jimenez from 1st Choice Logistics will speak on behalf of expedited freight movement/airfreight. MORE INFO

Find more NDTA chapter events on the NDTA Calendar.


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