The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

June 30, 2020


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NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting Shifts to Virtual Event

After careful consideration, NDTA and US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) have made the decision to transform the in-person, 2020 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, originally scheduled for October 5-8 in St. Louis, MO, to one that is 100% virtual, to protect the health and safety of our community. The 2020 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting (Virtual) is being produced out of an abundance of caution and care due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, however we are still excited to deliver the great lineup of keynotes and educational courses we have planned to help our community continue to support national security in a trusted virtual environment. […READ MORE…]


The Modernization of Defense Travel

The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) has embarked on a major initiative to transform the Defense Travel Enterprise. Its goals are to improve the delivery of travel services, maximize policy understanding and compliance, improve cost-effectiveness across the Defense Travel Enterprise; provide a positive customer experience that drives high satisfaction, and maximize control and visibility into travel spend.

The Future Traveler Experience is Now – The Defense Travel Modernization Prototype, a panel presentation led by Bob Gerenser, Strategy, Plans & Operations Chief, DTMO, highlighted some of DTMO’s efforts thus far. The presentation was part of the 2020 GovTravels Symposium professional program. Held in Alexandria, Virginia, GovTravels was co-sponsored by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and DTMO. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

‘Lightning in Her Veins’: How Katie Arrington is Convincing Defense Contractors to Love Cybersecurity
(C4ISRNet) Arrington’s title is clunky: chief information security officer for acquisition in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. Translated, she’s leading the Pentagon’s effort to add new cybersecurity requirements for the 300,000 companies that do business with the Pentagon. Her challenge, almost every day, is to convince industry it should embrace the Defense Department’s new auditing standards, which are aimed at improving cybersecurity.

USDOT Issues Final Rule for Transporting LNG by Rail Tank Car
(Progressive Railroading) The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), late last week issued a final rule authorizing the bulk transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail. 

SECDEF Seeks to Reassure NATO Over U.S. Troop Plans
(Military Times) U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday sought to reassure allies at NATO that Washington will consult them on any future troop movements, after President Donald Trump surprised partners at the military alliance by announcing the withdrawal of thousands of personnel from Germany.


VIDEO: Amtrak’s Medical Services Team: Delivering a New Standard of Travel
(Amtrak) Enhanced cleaning, more space for physical distancing, travel flexibility and a contact-free travel experience, Amtrak Medical Director Dr. Ann Kuhnen outlines Amtrak’s new standard of travel.

DHL Opens Its First Company Owned and Operated Retail Store in the United States
(DHL) DHL Express recently opened a new retail shipping store in Hialeah, FL. The 1,500 sq. ft. DHL ServicePoint facility is the first DHL fully-branded, company-owned retail store in the U.S, offering convenient access to its industry-leading shipping services.

Zero Carbon Shipping Research Center Launched by Maersk and Industry
(The Maritime Executive) Leaders in the shipping industry are coming together to launch a new research center to develop new fuel types and technologies as part of the industry’s commitment to reduce its global carbon emissions.

Hyliion Launches Fully Electric Powertrain, Announces up to 1,000-Truck Pre-Order with Global Logistics Leader Agility
(Agility) Hyliion Inc. has announced the launch of its Hypertruck Electric Range Extender (ERX), a long-haul, fully electric powertrain delivering superior performance, emissions reductions, and cost-savings to the global trucking industry. The launch of the Hypertruck ERX is anchored by Agility which has confirmed a pre-order of up to 1,000 trucks and has agreed to invest in a private offering of securities.

VIDEO: NACA President Appears on Aviation Week Fireside Chat
(National Air Carrier Association [NACA]) NACA President and CEO George Novak appeared on a Fireside Chat webinar with ATW Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The discussion covered a variety of topics related to the impact of COVID-19 and associated new regulations on air travel and the air carriers that NACA serves. (Please note: Video is free to watch, but registration required.)


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