The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

April 14, 2020


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You’re Invited: NDTA DC Chapter Monthly Meeting Webinar April 23

Last month, DC NDTA explored the impact of COVID-19 on government travel. This month’s webinar will look at how COVID-19 is affecting logistics services. DHL Express’ Ethan Mattern, Head of Public Sector, and Michael Taylor, Director, Head of Public Sector Compliance and Governance, will explore how the express industry is adapting to immense volatility: How are concerns for employee safety changing handling procedures? What are USTRANSCOM’s expectations of the express industry over the short- and medium-term?

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us on April 23, 2020, from 12:00-1:00pm (EDT). To attend the webinar […READ MORE…]


US Navy’s Hospital Ships COVID-19 Domestic Deployment

By Edward Lundquist

Both of the US Navy’s hospital ships were activated and deployed in response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) have arrived and are providing medical support in two of America’s hard-hit metropolitan areas—Los Angeles and New York.

They are designed to treat large numbers of battlefield wounded personnel during combat, but they stand down between operations. When not deployed, they are maintained in reduced operating status, with Mercy in San Diego, California, and Comfort in Baltimore, Maryland.

The primary mission of the hospital ships is to provide an “afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the US military that is flexible, capable, and uniquely adaptable to support expeditionary warfare.” Their secondary mission is to “provide full hospital services to support US disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.” […READ MORE…]


What is Cloud Computing?

Joe Arthur, Vice President, Infor, presented “What is Cloud Computing?” as part of the Cloud Based Platforms for Military Readiness course at the Transportation Academy held during the 2019 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting.

For business users, cloud computing offers several benefits:

  • Flexibility to meet new business opportunities faster
  • Real-time data based on their role, within governance
  • Continuous and transformational innovation
  • One source of truth with seamless integrations
  • Ease of use
  • Business continuity

A 2018 cross-sector study revealed that the desire for innovation, security and compliance, performance and scalability, better user interface and adoption, and a lower total cost of ownership were key factors in adopting cloud technology. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

The Future of Tactical Airlifts is Here and It Is Verticle
(War on the Rocks) Commanders will always want more airlift capacity and light airlifters have been effective in the past. However, there are more modern and more capable Marine and Army aircraft filling many of those roles now.

OPEC+ Agrees Biggest Output Cut Ever
(Maritime Executive) OPEC+ has agreed to cut oil output by a record 9.7 million barrels per day (around 10 percent of global supply) for the months of May and June.

FCC to Approve Spectrum Plan that Pentagon Claims Will Harm GPS
(C4ISRNet) The Federal Communications Commission is poised to approve a draft order that would reallocate a specific portion of the radio spectrum for broadband communications, overruling a decade of strong objections from the Department of Defense. Senior Pentagon leaders warn that such a move will lead to “unacceptable” harm to the GPS system by creating new interference that could disrupt satellites critical to national security.

Options Expand for Trailer Aerodynamics
(Transport Topics) Many trucking companies add various aerodynamic systems to their trailers to boost fuel economy, but how much fuel can these products truly save in real-world operating conditions?


TOTE Services Announces Contract to Construct New Class Ships
(TOTE, Inc.) TOTE Services has awarded Philly Shipyard a contract to construct up to five new ships—the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV)—to provide world-class maritime training for America’s future mariners and to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) in times of need.

Boeing Delivers First Reusable 3D-Printed Face Shields for COVID-19 Response
(Boeing) Boeing has delivered the first set of reusable 3D-printed face shields to support healthcare professionals working to stop the spread of COVID-19. The initial shipment of 2,300 face shields has been received by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Wyndham Unites with Leading Companies to Offer Alternative Employment Opportunities to Affected Team Members
(Wyndham Hotels & Resorts) As the global coronavirus pandemic creates unprecedented circumstances for hospitality workers around the country, Wyndham has partnered with leading organizations to give team members whose positions have been furloughed or eliminated access to job opportunities opening up across various industries.

United Offers Customers Booked for Travel Through the End of 2020 Flexibility to Change Their Trips
(United Airlines) United has announced that customers can make changes to, or cancel, any travel they have booked through the end of the year without fees if they act between now and April 30.

Deutsche Post DHL Group Sends Disaster Response Team to Provide Logistics Support to Costa Rica National Emergency Commission
(DHL) DHL has activated its Disaster Response Team (DRT), comprised of specially-trained employee volunteers, to provide logistics support for COVID-19 response efforts in cooperation with the Costa Rica National Emergency Commission (CNE).


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