The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

February 2, 2021


Virtual GovTravels 2021 Symposium to Focus on the Changing World of Government Travel in an Era of COVID-19

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) together with the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) are co-sponsoring GovTravels 2021, a virtual symposium to discuss the changing world of government passenger travel in an era of COVID-19. The virtual event takes place February 23-25, 2021.

WHAT: The annual GovTravels symposium brings together experts from across the federal government and the travel industry to examine a wide range of topics focused on passenger travel issues and the Department of Defense’s (DOD) multi-billion-dollar commercial travel enterprise. GovTravels focuses on government-wide travel programs and travel policy, providing professional development and networking opportunities for all participants. The theme of this year’s GovTravels is “Respond, Adapt, Innovate – The Changing World of Government Travel.” Sessions will address the impact of the global pandemic on government travel, how government and industry responded, and projected lasting impacts. […READ MORE…]


NEFL-JAX Chapter Leadership Looks to What’s Next

The Northeast Florida – Jacksonville (NEFL-JAX) Chapter’s newly elected leadership took advantage of a beautiful Northeast Florida afternoon to discuss opportunities to move the Chapter forward during these unique times. From left to right, Jennifer Green (Member-at-Large), Charlie Ward (President), Angie Reno (V.P. Industry Affairs), and Jessica Clayton (Young Leaders Board Member) (not pictured, Lynn Talmadge Secretary/Treasurer) attended the Chapter leadership’s first in-person engagement since the new leadership became effective this month.

“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to represent the NDTA here in North Florida,” said Ward. “I feel we have a very motivated and dedicated team that will grow the Chapter and interest in the NDTA and industry affairs. We look forward to working with the national headquarters and our fellow Chapter representatives.”


What a Difference a Year Makes—Or Does It?

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

Last year at this time, the NDTA staff was hard at work preparing for the GovTravels Symposium that occurred February 24-26, 2020.  Held just two-weeks before much of the US shut down in response to the Novel Coronavirus circulating the globe, the 2020 symposium remains a distinct memory for me. This is because it was one of my last “normal” experiences before quarantine.  I sat in a room with hundreds of others for the conference, shook lots of hands, hugged a few people, talked and laughed with others, and all without a mask. Oh, the good ol’ days!

This year, though the format has changed to virtual, the NDTA staff is once again hard at work preparing for the GovTravels Symposium.  The travel industry landscape has changed tremendously since last year’s event too, but remarkably much of the 2020 meeting content remains relevant today:

During his opening remarks, NDTA President and CEO, VADM William A. Brown, USN (Ret.), said, “These next two days are all about professionalism in the travel industry, both for the industry and for the government. And it’s an opportunity for all of us to communicate with each other as stakeholders, whichever sector we are in, and to provide [in the end] safe and efficient travel for government travelers. We’ll be talking about requirements, needs, capabilities, policies, trends, issues, and innovations looking forward into the future.” […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Satisfaction with Military Moves Went Up Despite Pandemic, DoD Says
( The COVID-19 pandemic created a military permanent change of station, or PCS, a year like no other, bringing unprecedented challenges like lockdowns and travel restrictions, increased sanitation requirements, the burden of personal protective gear, and an ever-present threat of coronavirus.

Beijing’s Warning Shot to Biden
(Defense One) As President Joe Biden was delivering his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, the Chinese government delivered a parting shot to the Trump administration: sanctions against 10 of its former senior officials. But the move was not just a parting shot but a warning shot to the incoming Biden administration.

Hand-to-Hand Combat on Computer Networks: How Cyber Threat Hunters Work
(C4ISRNet) When hackers break through the Pentagon’s cyber defenses, it’s the job of elite threat-hunting teams to find intruders or damage.

DoD is Centralizing Space Acquisition, But Still Has Bugs to Work Out
(Federal News Network) The Air Force is reorganizing its space acquisition office to better support the Space Force and other new space entities, but there are still questions surrounding exactly how the Pentagon will consolidate its space procurement.

Record Vessel Backlog at Southern California Ports
(The Maritime Executive) With more containerships arriving daily, the backlog at the Southern California ports has grown to record levels. For the first time in seventeen years, ships are being held in drift positions outside the anchorage in San Pedro Bay with predictions that the congestion will continue at these levels at least until mid-to-late February.


U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: Shipments, Spending Continue Growth Streak in Q4
(U.S. Bank) The freight industry continued its growth streak in the fourth quarter of 2020 with solid gains in both the number of shipments and the amount spent by shippers, according to the Q4 2020 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index, a quarterly analysis of national shipments and spend.

Boyle Transportation Named to “Best Fleets to Drive For”
(Boyle Transportation) Boyle Transportation has been named one of the “Best Fleets to Drive For” in the US and Canada, an honor the company receives for the 7th consecutive year.

UPS Announces Agreement to Sell UPS Freight to TFI International Inc.
(UPS) UPS has entered into a definitive agreement to sell UPS Freight (UPSF) to TFI International Inc. for $800 million, subject to working capital and other adjustments.

Norfolk Southern Supports Customer Growth and Local Economies in 2020
(Norfolk Southern) Norfolk Southern has announced that in 2020 the company assisted 86 businesses in locating new or expanded facilities on its freight rail network. The industries ranged from a medical products supplier and roofing shingle manufacturer to automakers and paper packaging producers.

Sikorsky-Boeing Team Reveals Advanced Assault Helicopter Designed to Revolutionize U.S. Army Capabilities
(Boeing) Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, and Boeing have released details of its advanced helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft competition, known as FLRAA. The aircraft, named DEFIANT X, will be the fastest, most maneuverable, and most survivable assault helicopter in history. Combined with the team’s unsurpassed experience in mission systems, training, and sustainment, it will revolutionize the way the Army meets threats in 2035 and beyond.

DHL Unveils New Transportation System for Safe and More Affordable Bulk Liquid Transportation
(DHL) DHL Global Forwarding, Deutsche Post DHL Group’s air and ocean freight specialist, has announced the launch of a new bulk liquid transporter solution, a system of Flexitanks called DHL Reefertanks. The DHL Reefertanks are a brand new three-tank system developed to transport bulk liquids that require temperature control while in transit.


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