The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

February 18, 2020



Travel Academy Inaugurated at GovTravels 2020

By Irvin Varkonyi, Educational Coordinator, NDTA

The inaugural Travel Academy will kick off at GovTravels on Feb 25-26, 2020. A series of 17 educational breakout sessions will be offered that provide attendees with focused learning opportunities in five topic tracks:

Care of Travelers
The travel industry across all segments is experiencing disruptions to their business which demand adaptation by industry stakeholders. The Travel Disruptors session will offer insight […READ MORE…]


DTJ Online

Sustaining the Civil Reserve Air Fleet

By Kent N. Gourdin, Professor and Director of Global Logistics and Transportation Program, Department of Supply Chain and Information Management, College of Charleston

References to defense requirements occur repeatedly in federal transportation legislation. In fact, every major piece of national legislation pertaining to aviation, from the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 and the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, include policy statements specifically linking the needs of national defense to the maintenance of a strong civilian air transport system. (Civil Aeronautics Act, 1938; Federal Aviation Act, 1958; Airline Deregulation Act, 1978). Integrating these resources with military requirements is accomplished through national defense planning.

Assessing Strategic Mobility
One of the most significant studies on strategic mobility was the Mobility Capability and Requirements Study-16 (MCRS-16) which was […


Beyond the Headlines

On the Road with Self-Driving Vehicles

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

This past week, House lawmakers made progress toward bipartisan legislation on self-driving cars, with plans to release draft language soon. The development comes as pressure grows on Congress to provide a regulatory framework for the industry.

Congress has attempted to enact successful legislation on autonomous vehicles for years but remains behind in actually doing so. As one might expect in legislation involving any mode of transportation, the most difficult aspect is determining its safe implementation and use.

And it’s not just self-driving cars where slow regulation is a problem. A recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute reveals that slow-moving federal laws and a patchwork of local laws regulating testing are slowing the development of autonomous trucks. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Why Boeing’s T-7 Red Hawk Trainer is Shaping Up to Be a Breakthrough Success for the U.S. Air Force
(Forbes) If you look inside the T-7 program, it is apparent that something is going on here. Boeing and teammate Saab aren’t just developing a training system, they are fashioning what amounts to a prototype for the digital engineering revolution that is a top Air Force priority.

Searches for Suppliers Outside China Double as Coronavirus Spreads
(Supply Chain Dive) Shippers are seeking alternative suppliers outside of China to make up for delays resulting from the continued production standstill in China’s Hubei​ province caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Report: U.S. Sealift Lacks Personnel, Hulls, National Strategy
(USNI News) An aging and inactive government fleet dependent on a shrinking pool of merchant mariners to get underway is how a new report describes the U.S. military’s strategic sealift capability.

Will Drivers Still Be There When Freight Markets Rebound?
( The American labor market today is about as good as it gets. However, trucking is an exception, especially after the soft freight market of the past year and a half.

Second Year of Audits Shows DoD Getting Better Grasp of Business Processes
(Federal News Network) After its first two years of full-scale financial audits, the Defense Department is starting to get some of its first concrete indications of how much work lies ahead of it before it can finally earn a clean audit opinion.


Corporate Member News

The Unlikely Story of a Single Mom Who Became a Trucking Industry Matriarch
(Newsweek) Marcia Taylor has built the largest female-owned trucking company in the country, with nearly $500 million in annual revenue. Her unlikely story embodies the best of America’s virtues and qualities: grit, resilience, hard work, faith, generosity—and love.

Amtrak Marks Major Milestone by Beginning High-Speed Testing of the First Trainset for Its New Acela Fleet
(Amtrak) The first of Amtrak’s 28 new Acela trainsets, scheduled to enter service throughout the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021, will be leaving from Alstom’s facility in Hornell, N.Y. on Monday, Feb, 17 for high-speed testing at the Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colo.

The Realist’s Guide to Quantum Technology and National Security
(Deloitte) Though now nascent, quantum science could have significant implications for national security. By taking simple pragmatic steps today, government leaders can prepare their organizations for the coming quantum future.

Opinion: Why You Should Not Be Ashamed to Fly
(Aviation Week) National Air Carrier Association (NACA) President George Novak published a Viewpoint in Aviation Week recently, arguing that Americans shouldn’t be ashamed to fly, despite the growing flight shaming movement in Europe.

(Agility) Fears of a global recession and concern over a US – China trade war have not diminished the resilience of the emerging markets in this broad-based logistics survey.


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