The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 18, 2020


Blockchain Technology

The nature of global supply chains has changed the method of interaction among stakeholders to protect information and support the efficient exchange of information. A new track at the 2020 Transportation Academy will focus on Blockchain Technology with a series of interactive sessions:

  1. Why is it important to your business?
  2. Taking a deep dive into Blockchain technology.
  3. Blockchain Interactive Training will build on the deep dive.



A Maritime Perspective of Surface Force Projection Challenges and Maritime Community’s Response

RADM Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret.), Administrator of the US Maritime Administration, spoke during the Surface Force Projection Virtual Conference on July 29, 2020. The conference was presented by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CNU CAS), in collaboration with MARAD, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).

Reflecting on the conference theme, Enabling Dynamic Force Employment Through Global Port Readiness, Buzby said that “to do that, it really takes a strong maritime industry across the board.” He described several key elements that collectively strengthen the maritime industry to support national and economic security requirements: port and infrastructure investments, shipyards and the US industrial base, mariner education and training, domestic offshore energy production, Jones Act shipping, international shipping, and global logistics, sealift recapitalization, and readiness, and the response to COVID-19. […READ MORE…]


Partner News

GSA Releases FY2021 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers

By GSA Public Affairs

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has released its fiscal year (FY) 2021 travel per diem rates, which will take effect on October 1, 2020. For FY 2021, the standard Continental United States (CONUS) lodging rate will remain unchanged at $96. However, 319 Non-Standard Area (NSA) locations will receive a maximum lodging allowance higher than the standard allowance. The Meal and Incidental Expense (M&IE) per diem tiers for FY 2021 are unchanged at $55-$76.

By law, GSA sets these rates annually. Based on local market costs of mid-priced hotels, lodging per diem rates provide caps, or maximum amounts, that can be reimbursed to federal employees for lodging and meals while on official travel. As an additional savings measure, GSA’s lodging per diem rate methodology includes taking five percent off of the final average daily rate in each location. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Pentagon Wins Brief Waiver from Government’s Huawei Ban
(Defense News) The Trump administration is granting the Pentagon a temporary waiver of government-wide ban on contractors using Huawei and other Chinese-made telecommunications equipment, according to a memo obtained by Defense News.

DOD’s IT Supply Chain has Dozens of Suppliers from China, Report Finds
(FedScoop) A report from data analytics firm Govini shows that the Department of Defense‘s IT supply chains has dozens of Chinese companies in it. It is unclear how much work, products, or services come from these companies and in what way, but it still poses a significant risk.

Why Millennials Overlook a Career in Logistics – By a Millennial
(The Loadstar) To most millennials, the semantics of ‘logistics’ are riddled with outdated stereotypes of a heavy haulier, or warehouse shelf stackers. The more desirable elements of the industry – of which there are many – are not projected to young people, causing a lack of exposure and knowledge about logistics.

Russia and China Playing Musical Chairs in Zero Gravity
(War on the Rocks) When SpaceX’s recent Falcon 9 rocket mission launched the first human spaceflight from U.S. soil since 2011 and the first ever for a commercial company, Russia saw its monopoly on putting humans in space fade rapidly into the background.

California Ruling Against Uber, Lyft Threatens to Upend Gig Economy
(The Hill) The business models for Uber, Lyft, and dozens of other gig worker companies that have sprouted up over the last decade are up in the air after a California judge ruled that rideshare drivers must be classified as employees rather than contractors.


Part 2: A Conversation with Biju Kewalram, Chief Digital Officer of Agility GIL
(Agility) Biju Kewalram, Chief Digital Officer of Agility GIL, provides insights into COVID-19’s impacts on companies and their supply chains.

TOTE Companies Win Quest for Quality Award from Logistics Management Magazine
(TOTE, Inc.) TOTE, LLC operating companies TOTE Maritime Alaska and TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico have been honored with Logistics Management magazine’s Quest for Quality Awards for demonstrated excellence as ocean carriers.

Pandemic Creates Peaks and Valleys of Demand, Transportation Execs Say
(DC Velocity) The coronavirus pandemic may have hamstrung the nation’s economy, but as opposed to imposing a unilateral recession, its impact has created broad imbalances in freight capacity. Transportation leaders, including Echo Global Logistics Chairman and CEO Doug Waggoner share their insights.

How Tech Reuse and Low-Code Can Speed Emergency Transformation
(CGI) Over the past few months, federal agencies have needed to respond to rapidly changing circumstances with unprecedented agility. COVID-19 has drastically transformed the way agency personnel work and interact with constituents.

July Volume Increases Over June; Monthly Losses Begin to Subside
(The Port of Virginia) The Port of Virginia’s® cargo volumes showed strength in July, having grown more than 10,000 units when compared with June.


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