The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

January 19, 2021


GovTravels early bird prices end Jan. 21! Register now:


Travel Academy Sessions Explore Pandemic’s Impact on Government Travel
The business of government moves on during the COVID-19 pandemic, while travelers and their employers are naturally concerned about travelers’ health during these times. “A Panel on Travel Safety and Health” with Island Hospitality, CWTSatoTravel, Enterprise Holdings, and United Airlines will discuss preparedness for travel and utilization of apps and electronics to help the industry accommodate operations to the “new normal.” The Department of State’s Office of Travel Management will offer “U.S. State Department Overseas Evacuations,” an overview on the relocation of U.S. citizens during security or health or weather-related events. “Data and Pandemic Travel” will be the focus of a panel with Sabre, CWTSatoTravel, the General Services Administration, and International SOS discussing data and tools available to support travel managers to make informed and confident decisions for their customers.

Earn Continuing Education Units by Attending GovTravels
Through a partnership with McKendree University, NDTA is proud to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attendees at the 2021 GovTravels Symposium. CEUs will be granted at a rate of .1 CEU for every hour of GovTravels content, which includes all classes, seminars, speakers, and panels. Please sign up for your CEU certificates at  For questions, please contact

Please join us for the first Virtual GovTravels. Early Bird prices save you $50.00 and are only available until Jan. 21, so register now at!

Early Bird prices do not apply to military/government.

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DOD Releases Industrial Capabilities Report

The Department of Defense (DOD) has released its Fiscal Year 2020 Industrial Capabilities Report. The report describes the defense department’s priority industrial base risks and vulnerabilities; major developments and impacts of the coronavirus pandemic; and industrial base investments and initiatives executed in the previous fiscal year. It also promotes a strategy for a robust, resilient, secure, and innovative industrial base, which will require a substantial commitment of capital investment and resources, and continuation of the reforms undertaken in the past several years.


DLA Distribution Provides COVID-19 Support to Military Services & Federal Agencies

By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs Officer

In support of the military services and other federal agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution provides assistance as part of DLA’s long-standing agreements with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The agency responded early and often to requests from military services and federal agencies focused on winning the COVID-19 battle and continues distributing critical supplies.

From the onset of the pandemic through the end of 2020, DLA Distribution centers received and/or shipped 39,500 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, over 400 vaccine ancillary kits, 1.5 million N95 respirator masks, 20 million other masks, 1.2 million face shields, more than 517,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, more than 66,000 thermometers, 39,000 testing swabs, 1.5 million rapid COVID-19 test cards, 157,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits, an additional 100,000 COVID-19 test kits, 500 ventilators, 7.3 million medical gloves, 110,000 exam gloves, and 350 oxygen tanks. […READ MORE…]


NSMV & Small Shipyard Grant Updates from MARAD

The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has authorized the construction of two additional National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV), which will replace aging training vessels at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, and Texas A&M Maritime Academy in Galveston, Texas. MARAD previously authorized the construction of the first two NSMVs, destined for SUNY Maritime College in Bronx, New York, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy, in Bourne, Massachusetts, on April 8, 2020.

“The NSMV is part of a strategy to bolster maritime education, revitalize US shipbuilding, and provide a much-needed shot in the arm to the US maritime industry,” added Doug Burnett, the Chief Counsel of MARAD, who is acting in lieu of the Administrator. “America must be a maritime nation if it is to continue to lead the world in this century.”

With this authorization, the recapitalization of our nation’s aging maritime training fleet is nearly complete. Construction of all authorized vessels at Philly Shipyard, Inc. will also strengthen America’s industrial base while supporting more than 1,200 shipyard jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Pentagon Launches Online Marketplace to Pair Small Firms with ‘Trusted’ Investors
(Federal News Network) The Defense Department has rolled out a new initiative meant to protect its future supply chain from investors that might seek to turn US intellectual property into foreign military capabilities.

US Army Taps Industry for Autonomous Drones to Resupply Troops
(Defense News) The US Army is tapping industry for drones that can deliver supplies to infantry brigade combat teams in the field, according to a request for information posted to the federal contracting website Beta.Sam.Gov on Jan. 13.

Air Force Recommends Space Command Move to Alabama
(Defense One) US Space Command should move from Colorado to Alabama, the Air Force secretary said on Wednesday, effectively announcing the winner of a hotly contested competition just one week before she is scheduled to resign with the rest of the Trump administration.

Court Upholds FMCSA Exemption of Trucking from California Rest Break Rules
(Transport Topics) The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 2018 determination that interstate motor carriers are exempt from California’s stringent meal-and-rest-break rules.

National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan Includes New Contract Mandates, Intel Sharing
(Homeland Security Today) The recently released five-year National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan focuses on new standards for port owners, shippers, and operators and forthcoming mandates that contractors meet cyber standards.


Port of San Diego FTZ is Open for Business
(Port of San Diego) The Port of San Diego has established a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. As an FTZ, the terminal is a secured, designated location where foreign and domestic merchandise is generally considered to be in international commerce and outside of United States customs territory.

National Industries for the Blind joins the National Defense Transportation Association
(National Industries for the Blind [NIB]) NIB recently became a member of NDTA. As a recognized industry leader, NIB and its associated nonprofit agencies (NPAs) provide total logistics solutions and SKILCRAFT® products and services to the federal government.

Enterprise, Ranken Launch Innovative Automotive Collision Engineering Program
(Enterprise Holdings) Enterprise Holdings recently announced the launch of the Automotive Collision Engineering Pilot Program, powered by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation and Ranken Technical College. This groundbreaking program has been developed to address a paradigm shift in the transportation industry as it faces a major technician shortage.

Port Makes Progress in 2020 Despite the Challenging Trade Environment and Pandemic
(The Port of Virginia) The effects of the pandemic and trade tariffs on world trade had a significant impact on The Port of Virginia’s ® 2020 cargo volumes as the port saw a dip of more than 4 percent in its overall volume numbers for the calendar year, but managed to end the year with a new December record.

More Capacities for Our Customers: THE Alliance Network to Improve Asian Services
(Hapag-Lloyd) Together with its partners in THE Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd has made adjustments to its service network. As a result, more capacity will be available to its customers on the trade routes for which there is greater demand.


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