The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

August 23, 2022


Reminder: GovTravels LITE Continues this Week

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), together with the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) and the General Services Administration (GSA), invite travelers and travel arrangers to take an educational break and join us for an interactive virtual opportunity to learn more about the GSA Rideshare/Ride-hail Program on Wednesday, August 24 from 1:30-2:30pm EST. […READ MORE…]


NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting Highlights

The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting offers something for everyone. Along with over 64 Transportation Academy Class possibilities, Keynote Speakers, Roundtable Discussions, and our Expo Hall featuring many networking and educational opportunities, there are several committee and subcommittee meetings open to all participants. […READ MORE…]


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DHS Announces Funding Allocations for FY22 Preparedness Grants

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas is announcing final allocations for $550 million for seven Fiscal Year 2022 competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together with the almost $1.5 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced earlier this year, total more than $2 billion in FY 2022 to help prepare our nation against man-made threats and natural disasters. […READ MORE…]


FY 2023 CONUS Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers Released

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has released the fiscal year 2023 continental United States (CONUS) per diem reimbursement rates, effective October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023. For FY 2023, the maximum lodging allowance rates in some existing per diem localities will increase and the standard CONUS lodging rate will increase from $96 to $98, resulting in 316 locations receiving a maximum lodging allowance higher than the standard rate. The M&IE per diem tiers for FY 2023 are unchanged at $59-$79, with the standard M&IE rate unchanged at $59. […READ MORE…]


Reimagining How to Project U.S. Interest to Help Allies and Thwart Adversaries

By USTRANSCOM Public Affairs with contributions by Mark Surina, contractor, LMI Government Consulting within the USTRANSCOM Office of Research and Technology Applications

Imagine traveling from the continental United States to anywhere in the Pacific region and measuring your transit time in minutes. Picture the U.S. delivering assistance to an ally needing disaster relief, or combatting an adversary planning provocative actions against U.S. national interests at rocket-speed. This is exactly what innovators at U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) are looking to make a reality with a group of industry partners pioneering space travel. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Spotlight on the Department of Transportation:

Additional Defensive Weapons to be Shipped to Ukraine, Official Says
(DOD News)  A major presidential drawdown authority security assistance package is about to be unveiled, according to a senior Defense Department official. This PDA is valued at up to $775 million, the official said, noting that a $1 billion security assistance package was also just released on Aug. 8.

Breaking The Supply Bottleneck
(Defense Acquisition University)  After nearly two years of disruption, supply chains across the globe remain dramatically out of sync, with congestion at seaports marking the latest in a long list of problems. Ocean shipping, facilitated by ports, makes up the lion’s share of global trade, exacerbating the scale of this most recent issue.

Oil Companies Work Around Jones Act to Supply U.S. Fuel Markets
(Reuters)  U.S. oil companies are working around the Jones Act to supply fuel to the U.S. East Coast, according to data from Refinitiv and oil trading sources, as high demand for gasoline and global disruptions in fuel markets sent prices higher.

Russia’s Naval Doctrine May Call for Challenging the West, But Does It Have the Shipyards?
(Breaking Defense)  Russia’s new maritime doctrine signals its intent to challenge the United States and allies on the seas, but there is skepticism about the country’s ability to build a fleet capable of doing that given its limited options for shipyards and weakened supply chains.


8 Ways to Cope with Supply Chain Madness
(Agility)  Nothing illustrates today’s supply chain craziness like the world’s sudden glut of shipping containers. But, the same wild imbalances pop up all across the supply chain. All of that uncertainty adds cost, increases risk, and complicates planning.

Amtrak Seeks to Fill Over 4,000 New Roles
(Amtrak)  Amtrak has more than 4,000 positions available that span a number of disciplines. To address this significant demand, the company will be hosting hiring events and career fairs to attract new talent in various parts of the country.

Southwest Airlines to Bring Industry-Leading Travel Tools To Business Travel
(Southwest Airlines)  Southwest Airlines recently announced it is making it easier than ever to manage business travel on Southwest® with the addition of its new travel portal, Southwest Business Assist™. The self-service tool will enable Corporate Travel Buyers, Travel Decision Makers, and Travel Management Companies to better manage their Southwest Airlines® business travel.

Investing in Sustainability: Hapag-Lloyd to Make Existing Fleet More Efficient
(Hapag-Lloyd)  With the loading of the first retrofit propeller in the Port of Hamburg, Hapag-Lloyd is launching its comprehensive Fleet Upgrade Program. The company aims to be climate neutral by 2045.

Capgemini and SAP Accelerate Automotive Sustainability
(SAP)  A joint initiative by Capgemini and SAP will work to accelerate the automotive industry’s journey towards sustainability by allowing better management of suppliers and supply chains in pursuit of sustainability goals.


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