The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

January 14, 2020

Introducing Travel Academy

GovTravels is pleased to host the newly branded Travel Academy, a series of interactive, one-hour educational breakout sessions that will allow attendees to explore a variety of topics in greater depth. The sessions will take place on the afternoons of February 25 and 26, and are divided into the following topic tracks:

Care of Travelers – The topic continues to gain importance to Government and Industry to care for those traveling on behalf of their organizations.  Sessions will include how do organizations in different travel modes deal with disruptors in their industry? What must be considered under Duty of Care?  An overview of military leisure services will also be given.

Contracting – Speakers will provide updates related to managing the tools and processes in contracting travel services such as Category Management and the US Air Force Permanent Change of Station program. A session will also be provided on Ethics Training for Industry and Government, and Bus Industry Safety, Security, and Emergencies Preparedness. […]

USTRANSCOM Commander GEN Stephen R. Lyons, USA, describes the evolution of strategic logistics to the Fall Meeting audience.
Photo by Senior Airman Tara Stetler/Released.

Partnership Prevails at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting

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

The 2019 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting took place October 7-10 at the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The theme for the event was “Fostering Partnerships to Preserve Peace and Prevail in Conflict…Then, Now and Tomorrow.” This theme acknowledged that we are operating in a rapidly changing, multi-domain, contested environment that we must understand and be prepared for to enable the support rendered by the transportation and logistics industry for our armed forces, allies, and partners.

More than 1,500 professionals attended the Fall Meeting. These individuals included a cross-section from military, government, and industry from all facets of logistics, transportation, travel, distribution, and related industries.

The meeting’s professional agenda included keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, and educational classes. The impressive lineup of speakers and instructors during these events included experts and leaders in their fields who challenged, informed, and motivated the audience. […] 

Beyond the Headlines

What US-Iranian Tensions Mean for Transportation Providers

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

Hostilities between the United States and Iran have soared following the US airstrike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, and Iran’s subsequent retaliatory missile strikes on two military bases housing US troops in Iraq.

As one would expect, the extensive media coverage of these events has centered on political and military aspects. For a broader understanding, here are three areas where these events have or could affect US industry partners.

In the Air
The Iranian airstrikes on military bases housing US troops in Iraq prompted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue emergency restrictions on airspace in the Persian Gulf. […]

A Lance Corporal’s Phone Selfie Got His Marine Unit ‘Killed’ at 29 Palms
( A junior Marine got his artillery unit into a serious bind after snapping a photo during a massive force-on-force training exercise in California’s Mojave Desert.

Travel Megatrends 2020: Subscription Travel Is the Next Frontier of Loyalty
(Skift) Subscription and membership models will come to travel over the next decade, just not how you might think.

Suppose There Was a War and the Merchant Marine Didn’t Come?
(U.S. Naval Institute) In every conflict in U.S. history, the merchant marine has sailed and manned the ships loaded with the beans, bombs, and black oil needed for the fight. But what if the United States had a war and the merchant marine did not come?

The Self-Healing Supply Chain
(Forbes) Supply planning provides a solid return on investment. At the heart of a supply planning solution is a model of the supply chain process or some may consider it a digital twin.

Trump Kills Iran’s Most Overrated Warrior
(The New York Times) Suleimani pushed his country to build an empire, but drove it into the ground instead.

Atlas Air Worldwide Announces ACMI Placement with EL AL
(Markets Insider) Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. has announced that its Atlas Air, Inc. unit and EL AL Israel Airline Ltd. have entered into an agreement that enables EL AL to expand its reach and cargo lift for its customers.

BCD’s CEO Explains How to Combat Uncertainty with Smart Business Travel Spending
(BCD Travel) BCD Chief Executive Officer John Snyder shares advice the travel management company is giving to clients seeking to cut back on travel spend and combat uncertainty caused by issues such as Brexit, trade wars and political unrest.

Bennett DriveAway RV Division Introduces New Driving Simulator
(Bennett International Group) Bennett DriveAway is excited to introduce the L-3 DeliverySim™ Driving Simulator as the new state of the art safety training exercise for drivers operating within its RV Division.

Accelerating Integrated Early Warning for DoD’s CBRN Defense
(LMI) Early warning of an attack can save lives, but that’s easier said than done when you can’t see the attack coming, such as with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents. To help DoD detect these threats sooner, LMI delivered a rapid capability prototype that emulates new CBRN detection technologies in operational environments.

Three Questions to Our CEO Rolf Habben Jansen
Hapag-Lloyd) What will be the most important issues facing the container shipping industry in the next 12 months? Hapag-Lloyd’s CEO, Rolf Habben Jansen, has some answers.

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