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January 11, 2024

EARLY BIRD PRICES END NEXT WEEK – Register Now for GovTravels

The annual NDTA-DTMO GovTravels Symposium is taking place February 26-28 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. This year’s theme, The Future of Government Travel: Trends in Sustainability, Innovation, and Evolving Technologies, focuses us forward, challenging us to consider new developments in passenger travel within the context of protecting and preserving the environment. Make your plans to join us now—Early Bird prices end January 17! […READ MORE…]

Uniting Forces:
United’s Eyes are Set on the Future as it Invests in Military Professionals, New Aircraft, and Sustainable Aviation

By Micayla Shevlin, Associate Marketing Editor at United Airlines

United Airlines is not just navigating the skies; it forging a path that values diversity, sustainability, growth, and the unique contributions of military professionals. It’s all made possible by emphasizing progress and inclusivity as United expands its workforce and remains dedicated to military personnel with programs designed to facilitate their transition into roles within aviation. […READ MORE…]


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US Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on Classifying Workers as Employees or Independent Contractors Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule to help employers and workers better understand when a worker qualifies as an employee and when they may be considered an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. […READ MORE…]

The NDTA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Crab Feed

The NDTA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter invites you to join them for a crab feed on January 19 at the Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek, CA. Registrations must be received by Jan. 17. MORE DETAILS

GSA Pushes Forward with Green Initiatives

By the GSA Blog Team

Reducing waste – whether it be spatial, financial or environmental – across the federal government was a top priority for the agency in 2023 and will continue to be so in the new year. […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

Congressional Leaders Announce an Agreement on Spending Levels, a Key Step to Averting Shutdown

(Associated Press)  Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on overall spending levels for the current fiscal year that could help avoid a partial government shutdown that could occur as early as Jan. 19 for some agencies and Feb. 2 for others.

US Air Force Logistics Officer Talks Basing, Drones in the Pacific

(Air Force Times)  After decades of relying on major military hubs from Hawaii to South Korea, the Pentagon is laying the groundwork for more dispersed operations across the Pacific region. As other defense officials negotiate with foreign leaders for access to bare-bones airfields and more established bases overseas, the Air Force’s logistics, engineering and force protection branch is figuring out how to turn those sites into valuable Air Force lily pads in a maritime-dominant region for the decades ahead.

War is from Mars, AI is from Venus: Rediscovering the Institutional Context of Military Automation

(Texas National Security Review)  For nearly a century, the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution has been just over the horizon, and yet that horizon is always receding. Dramatic advances in commercial AI once again inspire great hopes and fears for military AI. Perhaps this time will be different…

Here are the Major Flashpoints in US Battle Against Iranian Proxies

(The Hill)  Since late last year, various Iranian-backed groups have struck U.S. troop positions in Iraq and Syria, tried to bomb merchant vessels in Middle East waterways, and aimed rockets at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. As war continues in the Gaza Strip, officials worry of a broader conflict. Read where the biggest potential powder keg moments are taking place. 

Delaying Aircraft Carrier Order Would Hurt Supply Chain, Shipbuilder Says

(Defense One)  Suppliers of critical parts for Ford-class aircraft carriers could suffer if the U.S. Navy delays a planned buy of the multibillion-dollar ships warned executives from HII, the only U.S. company that builds aircraft carriers. According to one executive, nearly half of the company’s suppliers “already risk going cold.”

Maersk Tankers Acquires Penfield Marine

(MarineLink)  Maersk Tankers announced it has acquired U.S. pool operator Penfield Marine, creating a large-scale crude and product tanker company with around 240 vessels under its management.

Accenture Technology Vision 2024: “Human by Design” Technologies Will Reinvent Industries and Redefine Leaders by Supercharging Productivity and Creativity

(Accenture)  New research from Accenture finds the world is in the midst of a massive technology shift, as AI and other disruptive technologies become “Human by Design”—much more human-like and intuitive for people to use—and usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity and creativity.

Automation at Scale Introduces New Responsibilities to Enterprise IT Teams

(CGI Federal)  Federal agencies continue to invest in automation to advance missions and improve operations.  Those responsible for governance, application and platform lifecycle management, release management and DevSecOps must be ready to support automation at scale.

Most On-Time Airline in North America: Delta Wins Cirium Platinum Award

(Delta Air Lines)  For the third year in a row, Delta has been awarded Cirium’s Platinum Award for operational excellence and topped the rankings for being the most on-time airline in North America.

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