The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

February 22, 2024

GovTravels Meeting

A.I. and the Government Traveler Experience

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) in association with the General Services Administration (GSA) are poised to welcome attendees at the 2024 GovTravels Symposium February 26-28. The event is centered on “The Future of Government Travel: Trends in Sustainability, Innovation and Evolving Technologies”. The symposium’s general sessions will highlight presentations from distinguished keynote speakers and panelists, including Dr. Amir Bagherpour, Managing Director at Accenture Federal Services. The complete agenda can be found on the NDTA website. […READ MORE…]

Passenger Travel Focused: A Conversation with Bryan J. Scott

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

The GovTravels Symposium is just around the corner. This annual event, co-sponsored by NDTA and the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) and held in association with the General Services Administration (GSA), will occur at the end of February in Alexandria, Virginia. In preparation for the conference, DTJ sat down to chat with one of the key leaders of the event—Bryan J. Scott, Chairperson of the NDTA Government Passenger Travel Advisory Council (GPTAC), and Assistant Vice President of Government Business at Enterprise Holdings. […READ MORE…]

Your Source

DLA Highlights Successes in New Annual Report

By Nancy Benecki, DLA Public Affairs

The Defense Logistics Agency recently released its 2023 Annual Report, “Transforming Global Logistics.” “In this annual report, we provide a snapshot of our performance over the past year. Through brief descriptions of the agency’s myriad activities, you will soon see that DLA covers a lot of ground, figuratively and literally,” Navy Vice Adm. Michelle Skubic, DLA’s former director, said in the introduction to the annual report. […READ MORE…]


The Coast Guard’s 3D Printing Success

By Jamie Rand, Consultant C5ISC

Just as traffic lights and road signs inform drivers and warn them about upcoming hazards, aids to navigation, such as lighthouses, buoys, and radio beacons help mariners navigate waters and identify potential risks.  […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

Army Activates New Watercraft Formation in Japan

(USNI News)  In the service’s latest move to bolster its presence in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. Army activated the 5th Composite Watercraft Company at North Dock, Yokohama, in Japan. Also known as the 5th Transportation Company, the unit is at the forefront of the Army’s maritime transportation efforts in the region as a composite watercraft company. 

PODCAST: Beyond the Manifesto, Mobility as the Joint Maneuver Force, Risk as an Art, and Leadership

(Air Force Doctrine Podcast)  Hear from General Mike Minihan, the Commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC) on what some see as his provocative “Mobility Manifesto.” Gen Minihan challenged his Airmen to “explode in theater, sense and seize opportunities, and focus on lethality.”

Marines’ East Coast Supply Unit Gets Reshuffled and Renamed

(Military Times)  The Marine Corps’ supply battalion on the East Coast has absorbed other units and gotten a new name as part of a servicewide effort to modernize logistics. The changes come as the Marine Corps is preoccupied with contested logistics — how to supply and sustain Marines in zones where an adversary is working to disrupt those processes.

Social Media Platforms Open Fleets to Newer Recruiting Pool

(Transport Topics)  When he started driving for Ryder two years ago, Maurice Walker never thought he’d be a social media personality. Then, Walker agreed to be featured in a driver testimonial on Ryder’s YouTube channel. Since then, the video has been seen more than 1,200 times. Fleets like Ryder are looking more to social media platforms to increase brand awareness, reach new customers and, increasingly, find new employees. 

Houthis Step Up Attacks Hitting Second Ship and Possibly Downing US Drone

(The Maritime Executive)  The Houthis accelerated their attacks after a lull claiming four efforts in the past 24 hours emphasizing that they have been targeting U.S. and UK shipping interests. The wave of attacks came as the EU on Monday also confirmed it is accelerating its response saying that it expects to have at least four warships in the area in the coming weeks.

ARC Group Adds M/V ARC Honor to U.S.-flag Fleet

[American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group (ARC)]  ARC added M/V ARC Honor as the ninth American flag roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessel to its fleet. “This tremendously capable and flexible U.S.-flag ship is crewed by American merchant mariners and now operates in ARC’s global network supporting America’s national defense and economic security through trade,” said Eric Ebeling, ARC President & CEO. The vessel is ARC’s fourth large car/truck carrier (LCTC) vessel.

Leidos and Sourcegraph to Bring Secure, AI-Enabled Software Development to Government Customers

(Leidos)  Leidos has partnered with Sourcegraph, a leading code intelligence platform, on an exclusive alliance to introduce secure, generative AI-enabled software development tools to government customers.

Delta and LATAM Join Forces for Inaugural Job Shadowing Project Empowering Youth for Success

(Delta Air Lines)  Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines Group united to extend a transformative experience to 25 students from New World School of the Arts through an exclusive Job Shadow Day at Miami International Airport.

Landstar Hosts Grow Your Star Program for Agents

(Landstar Blog)  Agents participating in Landstar’s Grow Your Star program are reporting they’re more prepared and more motivated to find ways to improve their independent businesses. The program helps agencies reach new goals by providing information, support and mentors to agents through small group, three-day sessions.

Connecting the Dots Between Morocco and the South of Europe

(Maersk)  A recent whitepaper has revealed that over 64% of European companies have changed the way they source materials as a result of global supply chain disruptions. Arguments for changing sourcing locations into ones closer to final markets go beyond simply shortening supply chains and include added flexibility and limiting reliance on single source of materials.

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