The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

April 28, 2020



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Volunteer Shippers Needed
If your company is in a position to offer volunteer shipping assistance to organizations (non-profits) supporting front line COVID-19 workers with health and comfort provisions, please contact NDTA at and we will place you in touch with one or more of these worthy groups. These are NDTA members working to help those on the frontlines. For example, LTG (Ret.) Kathy Gainey is working with one such non-profit. Many thanks.


COVID-19 Impact to Global Logistics & Transportation Infrastructure and Economy Webinar

Join Mr. Pete Mento, Crowe LLP, and NDTA President VADM Andy Brown for an NDTA Zoom session at, Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern). This discussion will examine how the COVID-19 crisis has directly impacted the global logistics and transportation infrastructure, as well as the economy in the near term, in the one-year outlook, and the five- to ten-year outlook. Explore questions, including: What can we control? Where do we lack control? What should we be thinking about as we move toward restarting the economy?  And what challenges do we need to overcome? The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.

The session will be recorded and a link provided afterward for further viewing.  Please register at least one hour in advance.


Innovation in Government Travel in 2020 and Beyond

Technology and innovation are changing the government traveler’s experience—and will continue to do so in the future. Just how technology is doing this was the subject of the Innovation in Government Travel in 2020 and Beyond panel presentation during the NDTA-DTMO GovTravels Symposium, held February 24-26, 2020, in Alexandria, Virginia.

The panel was moderated by Tony D’Astolfo, Senior VP North America, Serko, Ltd. Panel members included Jeff Register, Deputy Director of the Defense Human Resources Activity; Marques Tibbs-Brewer, Senior Sales Director at SAP Concur; Rob Connors, Vice President Business Development at Enterprise Holdings; Steve Croft, Head of Global Online Booking Tool Partnerships at Travelport; and Nick Vournakis, President, Military & Government Markets CWTSatoTravel.

Panelists provided a cross-section of opinions on topics, which began with a discussion on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Panel members agreed AI shows promise for government travel. […READ MORE…]


COVID-19 Impact on the Express Industry

The NDTA Washington DC Chapter’s webinar held April 23, 2020, focused on the impact of COVID-19 on logistics, and specifically within the express industry. Ethan Mattern, Head of DHL Public Sector, and Michael Taylor, Head of Public Sector Compliance and Governance for DHL Express, spoke about these impacts from the perspective of an integrator.

In supply chain logistics, significant differences exist in networks and their ability to be flexible. While all operate in a relatively similar fashion, fixed assets such as those found in power grids can create limitations.

A “black swan” event is one that deviates beyond what is normally expected of a situation, and that would be extremely difficult to predict. COVID-19, a completely unanticipated event that is having drastic impacts across every industry, is a perfect example of this term. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Defense Travel Dispatch – Spring 2020 Edition
(Defense Travel Management Office [DTMO]) DTMO has published the spring 2020 edition of its quarterly newsletter, The Dispatch.

As Rumor Mill Goes into Overdrive, South Korea Insists Kim Jong Un is “Alive and Well”
(Slate) The rumors about the health of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un went into overdrive this weekend with some media outlets outright claiming he has died while others claim he is very sick and may even be brain dead. Amid all the chatter, some insist the reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated.

The Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Certification Plan Includes Continuously Monitoring Contractors
(Nextgov) The accreditation body overseeing the Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program—the CMMC-AB—issued a request for proposal that provides insight into how the group plans to keep track of contractors outside of conducting physical audits.

Deployment of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Trucks Will Require Fueling Networks, Clear Business Cases
(Transport Topics) A hydrogen-powered commercial truck built by Hyundai was set to begin hauling groceries in Switzerland in April. While fuel cell truck tests also are underway in the United States and elsewhere, these early trips in Switzerland are the initial steps toward the creation of a hydrogen-fueled highway delivery network built on a clear business case.


Virginia Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), UPS, DroneUp, and Workhorse Group Test Unmanned Systems for Coronavirus Response
(UPS) Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology recently partnered with UPS’s drone delivery subsidiary UPS Flight Forward and drone technology companies DroneUp and Workhorse Group in tests designed to determine how unmanned aerial systems can assist medical professionals in their fight to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Freight Shipping, Spending Down in Q1 Despite Surge in Shipments of Groceries, Health Care Supplies
(U.S. Bank) Even as demand for shipments of food, medical supplies and household goods soared in the second half of March, U.S. Bank data show that the number of shipments overall and the amount spent by companies that ship goods slowed during the first quarter of the year.

Improving Inventory Availability in a Volatile Supply Chain
(Maersk) A recent webinar, Improving Inventory Availability in a Volatile Supply Chain, hosted by MIT University and delivered by Dr. Erez Agmoni, Head of Supply Chain Warehousing and Distribution, North America at Maersk, explored how to keep supply chains moving and improving even during volatile times.

Chapman Freeborn and Avion Express Team Up to Provide Medical Cargo on Passenger Aircraft
(Chapman Freeborn) Chapman Freeborn has teamed up with Avion Express to bring their A320 and A231 passenger fleets to the cargo market. Utilizing Chapman Freeborn’s half a century of cargo expertise and global contacts, the two companies have worked together and received all the required approvals to operate cargo-only flights across its entire fleet of Airbus passenger aircraft. 

Global Supply Chain Disruption – How Accurate Are Your Forecasts?
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) The vulnerability of supply chains is never more apparent than in times of crisis. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, industries are navigating a new supply chain landscape with limited, and in some cases, zero predictability.


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