The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

December 8, 2020


NDTA Announces New Leadership for GPTAC Bus Committee

VADM William Brown, USN (Ret.), NDTA President & CEO and Mr. Bryan Scott, Chairman of the Government Passenger Travel Advisory Council (GPTAC) announce the selection of Ms. Andrea (Andi) Davis, Vice President of Beltway Transportation, as Chair of the GPTAC Bus Committee and Ms. Lauren Gibson-Hartman, President/CEO and Managing Director, StarForce National Inc., as Vice Chair. With years of experience and dedication to their companies and the industry, both individuals are uniquely qualified for these positions. We are proud to have Andi and Lauren join us in this capacity at NDTA and welcome their talent and enthusiasm to help us work with government and industry to achieve excellence in government passenger travel support and services.


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Hackers Target COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain Just as World Begins Vaccinations

Each day brings us a little closer to the approval and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. According to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II, officials with Operation Warp Speed (OWS) report that 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine could be distributed this month.

”We are planning to be ready when [an emergency-use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration] is approved; and when the EUA decision comes [through], distribution to the American people becomes immediate within 24 hours. That’s our goal. That’s what we’re striving for,” said OWS Chief Operating Officer GEN Gustave F. Perna. […READ MORE…]


Blockchain 101 – What It Is and Why It Is Important

By Sharon Lo Managing Editor, Defense Transportation Journal and The Source

The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting Virtual took place October 5-8, 2020. The event brought together more than 1,500 attendees from government, military, and industry to learn and collaborate. The theme for the meeting was Innovative and Disruptive…2020 Vision for the Future.

In conjunction with the Fall Meeting, NDTA and USTRANCOM held Transportation Academy, which consisted of 80 educational classes covering ten topic tracks. Fittingly, the Blockchain track kicked off with the course Blockchain 101 – What It Is and Why It’s Important to Your Business Processes. Venkat Kodumudi, Director, Consulting, CGI USA, and Hudson Sutherland, Director, Consulting Expert, CGI Federal Defense programs were the instructors. The class explored Blockchain’s fundamentals, including what Blockchain is and how it works; technology, organizational, solution, and information considerations; and governance. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

The US Army is Adjusting Its Pre-Positioned Stock for More Than Just War
(Defense News) The U.S. Army is taking steps to ensure its pre-positioned stock in the European and Asia-Pacific theaters is right-sized not just for conflict but for strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the service’s new commander in charge of materiel.

Washington Braces for Clash Over Defense Budget
(The Hill) A clash over the $740 billion defense budget is poised to erupt in 2021, with Democrats set to battle among themselves over whether to reduce funding.

Navy, Marines Will Need Recapitalized Sealift, Logistics Capabilities to Succeed in Pacific Operations
(USNI News) The Navy and Marine Corps need to grow their capacity to move people and supplies to and around a contested sea space—using both manned and unmanned ships and aircraft—and the service leaders asked lawmakers today for help in creating a supply chain that can stand up to a peer competitor.

Air Safety Panel Recommends Flight Hour Increase, Emphasis on Maintenance, Steady Funding
(DOD News) The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety released its recommendations yesterday saying aviators need more flight hours, maintenance personnel need better training, and manning and supply chains need more and faster throughput.


Ascent Global Logistics Announces Acquisition of Alaska-based Hageland Aviation Services and Launches Rambler Air
(Ascent Global Logistics) Ascent Global Logistics has announced the acquisition of Alaska-based Hageland Aviation Services, LLC and the launch of Rambler Air, LLC, a new air service provider focused on safe, reliable travel within Alaska. Rambler will serve commuter flights as well as passenger and cargo charters.

“Africa is Still a Growth Market” – Interview with Vishal Bundhun, Area West Africa
(Agility) Vishal Bundhun is the Managing Director of Agility’s newly formed Area West Africa. Hear what he says about opportunities in his area of responsibility.

FedEx to Acquire ShopRunner to Expand E-Commerce Capabilities
(FedEx) FedEx Corp. has announced it has agreed to acquire ShopRunner, the e-commerce platform that directly connects brands and merchants with online shoppers. ShopRunner’s capabilities will complement and expand the FedEx e-commerce portfolio and are expected to create increased value for brands, merchants, and consumers.

Boeing Completes Ground-Breaking Autonomous Teaming Flights
(Boeing) Boeing recently completed flight tests with five high-performance surrogate jets operating autonomously in a team at the new Queensland Flight Test Range in Cloncurry, Australia. Boeing’s advanced autonomy technology, including onboard command and control and data sharing capabilities, were tested using the 3.4-meter (11-foot) aircraft.

CSX to Acquire Pan Am Railways in New England
(CSX Corp.) CSX has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire New England’s Pan Am Railways, Inc., whose rail carrier subsidiaries comprise North America’s largest regional railroad.

AAR Announces Agreement with FTAI for Serviceable Engine Products, a Partnership to Provide CFM56 Engine Material to the Global Aviation Aftermarket
(AAR) AAR and Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors announced an agreement to create Serviceable Engine Products, an exclusive seven-year CFM56 used serviceable material (“USM”) partnership.


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