The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

December 1, 2020


Registration for GovTravels is now open:


Register Now for GovTravels

NDTA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the virtual NDTA-DTMO GovTravels 2021, which will be held from February 23-25, 2021. Our 2021 theme – “Respond, Adapt, Innovate – the Changing World of Government Travel” – will address key ways industry can adapt and move forward from the many challenges that have hit during 2020, to help bring back a positive government traveler experience. If you work in passenger travel and related services for the federal government, a state government, or the private sector, the GovTravels Symposium is a “must attend” event. […READ MORE…]


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The Electromagnetic Spectrum
A Critical Component of Military Superiority

The electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) is the range of radiation frequencies used to transmit information wirelessly. This includes information transmitted by cell phones, satellite communication, hand-held radios, and GPS, among others. It is indispensable to those in the transportation and logistics fields, and is especially critical to the Department of Defense (DOD).

So important is EMS, in fact, that DOD recently released its Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to align DOD EMS activities with the objectives of the 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS), the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS), and national economic and technology policy goals. […READ MORE…]


China’s One Road, One Belt Grand Strategy: Founded on the Weaponization of the Global Supply Chain

By LTC Gerard M. Acosta, USA

The 2050 international economic outlook pictures a contested global commerce future environment. Many financial pundits forecast China as the global leader, with the United States haven lost its economic prowess, competing for second place with a rising India. Our basic laws of economics and globalization will be challenged as we transverse through an age of innovation with constant new discoveries in global connectivity, energy, and quantum physics. Since its acceptance into the World Trade Organization, China has enacted its 2050 grand strategy founded on the Belt Road Initiative (BRI) and exploiting the use of smart power to gain global economic dominance. The BRI, which is designed to allow China to surpass the US as the global economic power and establish Chinese world hegemony, is predicated on the weaponization of the global supply chain. China’s unconventional commercial tactics and pursuit of influencing the global market’s lines of distribution postures China to gain global economic dominance. […READ MORE…]


DTMO Fall Dispatch Addresses COVID-19 Impact, DOD Travel System Prototype

The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) has published the Fall 2020 edition of its quarterly newsletter, The Dispatch.  Recognizing the need for better communication between the DTMO and the travel community, The Dispatch aims to provide timely travel-related news and updates.

In this edition, you will find stories on:

  • Performance-Based Management: Our Method, Our Success, Our Vision
  • The Impact of the Pandemic on the Travel Industry
  • Better Performance Tracking and a Compliance Tool Recode on the Horizon
  • Our new video series, Defense Travel Spotlight
  • Travelers are Helping to Shape the DoD Travel System Prototype
  • GovTravels 2021 Goes Virtual
  • Defense Travel Enterprise Customer Satisfaction Survey Launches


Editor’s Picks

The Next Administration Will Need to Fix Military Sealift
(The National Interest) The next administration will need to bite the bullet on recapitalization of the sealift fleet. In doing so, it needs to take a long-term view that includes the need to support domestic shipbuilding and to maintain an adequate number of merchant mariners.

Tankers Likely the First Aircraft to Receive ABMS Upgrades
(Air Force Magazine) The Air Force’s aerial refueling fleet could be the first platform to adopt new technologies developed under the Advanced Battle Management System effort, integrating pods complete with advanced communications and data links to feed information, along with gas, to combat aircraft as early as next year.

Appropriators Strike Deal on Funding Totals to Avoid December Shutdown
(Politico) Top House and Senate appropriators have clinched a deal on a bipartisan set of funding levels, paving the way for a $1.4 trillion spending package to avert a government shutdown on 11 December.

Railroads Approaching Positive Train Control Full Implementation, FRA Says
(Transport Topics) The automatic braking system Congress is mandating for the country’s railroads is almost implemented on the route miles required by law, according to federal regulators’ most recent update.


ARC Supports 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier [ARC]) On 18 November 2020, ARC loaded a 9/11 World Trade Center remembrance memorial on its US-flag ship M/V Freedom. The model will be shown at multiple exhibitions in the US, culminating in a display in New York City on 11 September 2021 as part of commemoration ceremonies for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

UPS Healthcare Enhances Dry Ice Production Capabilities, Launches Mobile Freezer Storage Units
(UPS) UPS has announced service enhancements to aid in the massive distribution efforts for COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months.

Choice Hotels’ Upscale Brands Continue Segment Leadership
(Choice Hotels) Choice Hotels International, Inc.’s (NYSE: CHH) popular upscale brands, the Ascend Hotel Collection and Cambria Hotels, achieved impressive year-over-year room count growth and outperformed local competitors in RevPAR share gains in the third quarter of 2020.

Echo Global Logistics CEO Waggoner Assesses Market Conditions, With an Eye on the Future
(Logistics Management) Doug Waggoner, CEO of Chicago-based Echo Global Logistics, share his thoughts on various topics, including: capacity and rates, Peak Season, the election, and logistics technology, among others.

Enterprise Holdings Teams Up with Clorox® Extending its Complete Clean Pledge; Effort to Offer Industry-First in Car Rental Cleaning Practices and Customer Control
(Enterprise Holdings Inc.) Enterprise Holdings has announced a new initiative with Clorox®, one of the most trusted brands in cleaning, to implement near- and long-term enhancements to its cleaning procedures. The collaboration reinforces the company’s Complete Clean Pledge to help customers feel confident as they begin to travel again.


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