The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

February 14, 2023


Post Pandemic Travel Industry Challenges

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) in association with the General Services Administration (GSA) are excited to host the 2023 GovTravels Symposium, February 27 – March 1, 2023, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA. The symposium features a valuable and timely “Post Pandemic Travel Industry Challenges” panel. […READ MORE…]


NDTA Passenger Services Airline Subcommittee Panel at GovTravels

In conjunction with The GovTravels series of meetings and events The NDTA Passenger Services Airline subcommittee proudly presents a panel on aviation sustainability – Moderated by Airlines For America (A4A).

On Monday, February 27 between 1 and 2pm at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel, top sustainability leaders from Delta, Southwest, and United Airlines will discuss solutions available today, and how the industry prepares to tackle the challenges in reducing carbon emissions (net zero by 2050). Learn about sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), what Industry is doing to be more transparent, reporting capabilities, and opportunities for Industry and Government to partner on decarbonizing air travel. The panel will also be available to take questions from the audience.


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USDOT Announces More Than $660 Million Available Through the Port Infrastructure Development Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making available more than $662 million in Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 funding for MARAD’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). […READ MORE…]


21st TSC Attends National Defense Transportation Association Conference

Story & photo by Maj Vonnie Wright, 21st Theater Sustainment Command

Soldiers, Airmen, Industry colleagues, and Government professionals came to the Ramstein Officer’s Club on Jan. 24-25 to confront logistical challenges with joint solutions at the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Europe & Africa Region Workshop. […READ MORE…]


REPORT More Chinese Ferry Tales: China’s Use of Civilian Shipping in Military Activities

A new report from the China Maritime Studies Institute, US Navy War College, provides a comprehensive assessment of Chinese civilian shipping support to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), examining civil maritime-military activities from October 2021 through September 2022. Large-volume lift exercises conducted in 2022 suggest that the PLA has made significant progress in the use of civilian vessels for the large-scale lift of PLA troops and equipment into undefended ports. The report also discusses other civil maritime-military activities not previously observed.


USTRANSCOM Delivers Urban Search and Rescue Teams to TürkiyeTitle

By Erik Anthony, US Transportation Command Public Affairs

U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is transporting two Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams and a critical aid package to Türkiye, following the devastating earthquakes that occurred on Feb. 5. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Air Force Wants Its Next-Gen Tanker Fling by 2040
(Inside Defense)  The Air Force is soliciting industry feedback on “innovative” technologies and capabilities for its planned tanker of the future, with an eye toward getting it into service by 2040.

Shipbuilding Industry Looks to 3D Printing to Accelerate Pace
(Defense News)  Instead of choosing between a schedule delay or the added expense when a missing component threatened a project’s progress, the shipbuilder and the Navy worked together to design, qualify, and 3D print the part in just four months, meeting their deadline. Though the circumstance was unusual, the Navy and its suppliers hope it will one day be the default instead of the dated casting procedure.

Supply Chain Lessons to Bring into 2023
(Supply Chain Brain)  Unprecedented pressure on supply chains has made resiliency and efficiency a key feature of CEO agendas this past year. Over the last 12 months, many companies have made changes to their supply networks to navigate and address the turbulence of these last two years. Now, companies need to both figure out the demand of the future and just how much resilience to build into their supply chains. 

How The Trucking Industry Can Address Freight Rate Deflation
(Forbes)  Rarely is the truckload market at a steady equilibrium—it is almost always either a buyer’s or a seller’s market. Interestingly, this cycle doesn’t necessarily coincide with macroeconomic conditions. That means shippers, carriers, and brokers must each adjust their strategies in response to a complex, ever-changing market. By strengthening interpersonal relationships and improving collaboration, I believe the industry can remain nimble and thrive in inflationary and deflationary markets.

What Tanks in Ukraine Tell Us About America in the Pacific
(Defense One)  Germany’s insistence that the United States move first in the decision to send tanks to Ukraine tells us much about security dynamics in Europe, but it also has implications for America’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific: it reveals the futility of hoping that Europe might soon stand on its own so that Washington can focus more on the Pacific theater.


THANK YOU – NDTA Corporate Member Upgrade
NDTA thanks The Pasha Group for becoming our newest Chairman’s Circle member! 

Is the NDC Juice Worth the Squeeze?
GovTravels SPONSOR
(Sabre)  Sabre recently sat down with one industry commentator to discuss the current state of New Distribution Capability (NDC) adoption in the industry, including how NDC development is increasing across the industry, how NDC is a strategic priority for Sabre, the NDC challenges we’re working on, and lots more.

Policy with Purpose: How to Create a Travel Program that Meets Both Employer and Employee Needs with Fox World Travel
GovTravels SPONSOR
(SAP Concur)  As the role of corporate travel managers has evolved from gatekeepers of travel policy to crafters of value-rich, culture-aligned business travel experiences, there is a growing need to shift the mentality around travel policies and programs to meet these new expectations.

United, Tallgrass, and Green Plains Form Joint Venture to Develop New Sustainable Aviation Fuel Technology Using Ethanol
GovTravels SPONSOR

(United Airlines)  United Airlines, Tallgrass, and Green Plains Inc. today announced a new joint venture – Blue Blade Energy – to develop and then commercialize a novel Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) technology that uses ethanol as its feedstock.

CakeBoxx Expands Modular Platform Solutions into New Markets with Groundbreaking Regenerative Aquaculture Platforms that Deliver Sustainable, Optimized Food Supply Chains
(Cakeboxx Technologies)  CakeBoxx Technologies is proud to announce build completion of the first eight modular 60 ft x 12 ft x 3 ft “GEN2 Raceway” platforms. These were designed and architected by CakeBoxx with Royal Caridea, LLC, a U.S. company focused on delivering repeatable, scalable, resource-conservative, and sustainable seafood farming.


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