The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

February 25, 2020



GovTravels is Here

This week the 2020 NDTA-DTMO GovTravels Symposium is taking place at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The annual three-day event centers around passenger travel within the government.

This year’s theme, “Shaping the Future Traveler Experience,” focuses attention on how new technology will improve the quality and efficiency for the government traveler improving their readiness and mission performance. It will also highlight new possibilities, evolving technologies and challenges, and obstacles […READ MORE…]


DTJ Online

The US Army’s 598th Transportation Brigade Coordinates Complex Port Operations Across Europe in Support of Exercises Atlantic Resolve and DEFENDER-Europe 20

By 598th Transportation Brigade, Public Affairs

The US Army has brought units from the United States to Europe since 2014 as part of a military exercise called ‘Atlantic Resolve.’ Today, the exercise typically involves the movement of approximately 6,000 US Soldiers who conduct training and operations throughout Europe in nine-month increments. Although a military exercise on this scale has many specific objectives, Atlantic Resolve works to increase the readiness of US Army units to respond to a wide range of potential threats, while also enhancing the Army’s ability to operate alongside European partner military forces.

The Department of Defense (DOD) has conducted five iterations of Atlantic Resolve, making the exercise a cornerstone of the US commitment to the security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Europe. One of the most critical aspects […READ MORE…]


Beyond the Headlines

Two Steps to Protect Your Supply Chain

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

A few weeks ago, The Source looked at the effects the Coronavirus, now called COVID-19, was having or was expected to have on certain transportation-related areas, including within supply chains. In this instance, the potential for supply chain disruption was and remains extraordinarily high. But significant risks to your supply chain—whether they be from the outbreak of a disease, natural disasters, political unrest, war, cyber attack, or other circumstances—always exist.

So while we are still waiting to see how far-reaching the effects of COVID-19 will be, one thing is certain: Whether it’s COVID-19 or something else, it’s imperative to take steps to protect your supply chain before a crisis occurs.

What are some steps you can take to protect your supply chain? While some steps will be specific to the type of crisis, there are two steps you can take today to get you started. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

State of Defense 2020: Special Report
(Defense One) Defense One’s annual service-by-service report takes a look at the big questions facing the US military.

New Adaptive Acquisition Policies for Defense Contractors
(Federal News Network) Contractors may not all be aware of the Defense Department’s new adaptive acquisition framework. But they should be. Eight acquisition policies are going to pop out of it in the next few months.

The Vital Role Played by Logistics During Humanitarian Crises
(World Economic Forum) Maintaining supply chains is crucial in responding effectively to humanitarian crises. The Logistics Emergency Teams (LET), the first public-private partnership of its kind, pools the expertise and resources of its member organizations. 

CargoMetrics Data Reveals Depth of China Cargo Collapse
(American Shipper) Just how severely has the coronavirus curtailed cargo flows to and from China, the world’s most important trade engine? Chinese government data is both after-the-fact and suspect, but Boston-based big-data company CargoMetrics is now providing a real-time answer.

Sanctions in the Cyber Domain: Old Ways Won’t Win Today’s Wars
(US Army War College) In applying economic sanctions to financially motivated malicious North Korean cyber groups, U.S. policymakers display a shocking failure to understand strategic realities in the cyber domain, essentially fighting the last war.

A Century of Airpower Propaganda Was Just ‘Blown Up’ by an Air Force Think Tank
(The National Interest) A recent study on deterrence had some interesting results. It turns out that when we need to send a message of deterrence, nothing works better than the humble main battle tank. 


Corporate Member News

SLNC Releases Winter 2020 Signals
(Schuyler Line Navigation Company [SLNC]) SLNC has released the Winter 2020 edition of its Signals newsletter. In this edition, you’ll read firsthand accounts of life as an SLNC intern and learn about one family’s shipping legacy.

The Wider Impact of Business Travel
(SAP Concur) The appetite for travel has never been greater – in the past year the global travel and tourism sector contributed a record US$8.8 trillion and 319 million jobs to the world economy according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

US Air Force Selects Boeing to Sustain C2 Software Platform for Air Mobility Command
(Boeing) Boeing, through its subsidiary Tapestry Solutions, announced it has secured a five-year U.S. Air Force recompete contract to sustain and modernize the Global Decision Support System, or GDSS—the principal command and control (C2) software platform that supports global Air Mobility Command (AMC) missions.

DHL Launches Market Trend “E-Tailers’ Almanac 2020”
(DHL) DHL eCommerce Solutions, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has launched its E-tailers’ Almanac for 2020 to help online merchants plan their promotions for e-commerce peak shipping dates in 2020. 

World’s Largest Car Rental Network Opens for Business in Oman
(Enterprise Holdings) The world’s largest car rental company, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., has extended its operations into Oman through a partnership with Oman-based Ayn Zain Global, part of Private Project Developments (PPD). This deal will bring Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands to the country.


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