The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

January 18, 2022


GovTravels 2022 Cancelled, Virtual Series to Take Its Place

Due to the exponential increase in COVID-omicron infections coupled with federal guidance to minimize workforce exposure and protect the force, the National Defense Transportation Association, together with the Defense Travel Management Office and the General Services Administration have decided to cancel the in-person GovTravels symposium for this year.  This decision allows us to best protect the health and safety of our community. […READ MORE…]


NDTA Foundation Celebrates 60th Anniversary

By Larry Larkin, Vice President, NDTA Foundation, & Chair, NDTA Foundation Committee

This year represents a very special occasion for NDTA and the NDTA Foundation: it marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Foundation. Since its founding, one of the missions of NDTA has been “to support, conduct and assist programs of transportation education, science, research, and development, among private, industrial, educational and governmental agencies…” […READ MORE…]


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Concern Over Ukrainian Cyber Attack Prompts US Agencies to Issue Advisory

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

This week Ukraine was hit by a massive cyber attack that targeted government websites. Posted to websites for the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet of Ministers and Security, and Defense Council, was a message written in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish that read: “Ukrainian! All your personal data was uploaded to the public network. All data on the computer is destroyed, it is impossible to restore it. All information about you has become public, be afraid and expect the worst. This is for your past, present and future.” […READ MORE…]


IDB Announces 2022 Executive Fellows

The Institute for Defense & Business (IDB) is proud to announce its incoming Class of 2022 Executive Fellows. Established in 2005, the IDB Executive Fellows Program provides selected retired flag and general officers and senior executive leaders from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) an opportunity to continue to apply their knowledge and experience. Subsequently, the IDB added an Executive Fellow from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security including the U.S. Coast Guard. The 2022 class will feature the first Executive Fellow from the private sector. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Military Chiefs Sound Alarm at Proposal to Hold 2022 Spending to Last Year’s Level
(Defense One)  The recent passage of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act showed overwhelming bipartisan agreement that the Pentagon needs more money. But military leaders are sounding alarm bells as the defense appropriations bill remains stalled amid larger budget fights and support grows for the notion of freezing the rest of the year’s defense spending at last year’s levels.

Modern Logistics System Aids, Tracks Air Force Inventory
(US Air Force)  Want to know how many aircraft tires or satellites are in the Department of the Air Force asset inventory? The Integrated Logistics System – Supply, or ILS-S, has the answer.

How AI and Blockchain Could Fix Broken Supply Chains
(The Maritime Executive)  When the coronavirus crisis erupted in 2020, it became apparent that the medical emergency was accompanied by severe shortages, especially in some medical devices. Now, two years since Covid first hit, this pattern has affected almost every sector of the global economy. But why has Covid had such a severe effect on how we receive products and goods?

Go Small or Go Home: Understanding Affiliation Rules for Set-Aside Contracts
(Federal News Network)  Many small businesses, as well as their teaming partners. do not understand how the Small Business Administration determines whether a company is small or the various ways in which a small business can unintentionally lose its status as a small business. Understanding these concepts is critical to remaining eligible to bid and receive set-aside contracts.

Where Have All the Pilots Gone?
(FLYING Magazine)  We’ve all heard plenty about the shortage of commercial and corporate pilots in the U.S. It’s affected travel, business, and everything in between. We all know it’s happening, but where did these pilots go?


WELCOME New NDTA Corporate Members
Please join NDTA in welcoming our newest corporate members Chairman’s Circle Plus member Salesforce and Sustaining member At Ease Rentals Corporation!

The Take: Omicron Threatens to Halt Progress on Supply Chain Issues
(SAP)  Global supply chain issues blamed for disrupting the flow of goods and sparking higher inflation may have finally peaked, according to a new gauge from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, but the rapid spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 has already caused a new wave of labor and supply chain problems.

Bringing Agility to Federal Contracting
(CGI)  The federal government spends billions of dollars on IT contracts, but its acquisition system has not kept up with the changing pace of technology.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Begins Construction of Largest U.S.-built LNG Barge
(Crowley)  Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has begun construction on the largest U.S.-built LNG barge. The barge, under contract with Crowley, will operate under a long-term charter with Shell NA LNG. The 416-ft. vessel, which will have the capacity for 12,000 m3 (3.17 million gallons) of LNG, will be the largest Jones Act-compliant vessel of its kind.

Global Defense Market Overview
(Crane Worldwide Logistics)  The government and defense team at Crane Worldwide Logistics provides insight into the current global market environment including a general overview, aerospace outlook, logistics challenges, and much more.


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