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June 9, 2020


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  • June 10 – Regional, State, and Chapter Presidents meeting with NDTA HQ. This is a quarterly by invitation meeting for NDTA Presidents to exchange information with VADM Brown.
  • June 15 – NDTA awards nominations are due to headquarters. For awards information, visit
  • June 23, 10:00am CDT – You are invited to the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s (SDDC) Virtual Change of Command and MG Stephen Farmen’s Retirement Ceremony. This ceremony will be streamed live via Facebook and can be viewed by going to the SDDC HQ Facebook page at You do not need an active Facebook account to view the ceremony.
  • June 25, 2:00-3:00pm EDT – NDTA and the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB), with moderators VADM William “Andy” Brown, USN (Ret.), NDTA President, and MG Jim Hodge, USA (Ret.), IDB President, with to be confirmed panel members Lt Gen Giovanni Tuck, Director of Logistics, Joint Staff, and Sridhar Chandrasekaran, Partner at Goldratt Consulting, leader in constraint-based decision-making, will host a webinar Post-COVID-19: How to be Lean—Without Becoming Brittle! Additional information, including how to join the webinar, will be sent to NDTA members via email later this week.
  • July 24 – The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) will meet virtually. This is an annual, by invitation meeting for NDTA, government, and industry leadership.
  • July 29-30 – NDTA and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies present the Surface Force Projection Conference Webinar: Enabling Dynamic Force Employment Through Global Port Readiness (SFPC). Visit for more details.
  • October 5-8 – The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, Innovative and Disruptive … 20/20 Vision for the Future, will take place in St. Louis, Missouri. Find more information at


Travel and the Employee Experience: How Can Data Science Help Us Improve?

While the NDTA-DTMO GovTravels Symposium focuses on common travel issues facing government and industry, many of the topics discussed transverse all business sectors. A speech given at the 2020 Symposium by Dr. Chelsie Bright, Data Scientist, and Global Industry Leader for Public Sector, Qualtrics, is a prime example of this. Her presentation, Travel and the Employee Experience: How Can Data Science Help Us Improve?, explored how to leverage big data to make better decisions, to ultimately provide better customer service, and enable employees—three imperatives for most businesses.  […READ MORE…]


Challenges for Autonomous Flight Operations

Stephen Lloyd, President and CEO, SJL and Associates Inc. Aerospace and Aviation Consultants, presented Challenges for Autonomous Flight during the Impacts of Advanced Vehicle Technology course at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting on October 9, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

In the last few years, tens of billions of dollars have been invested in automated systems for aircraft. This is a global technological revolution, with innovations being made around the world. Innovations move quickly on the industry side, but the regulatory side is slow to keep up. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Why the Jones Act is Still Needed 100 Years Later
(Defense News) One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson enacted a law that would become known as the Jones Act. Its purpose was to help the U.S. shipping industry recover after World War I. Yet few could have predicted how vital it would become to our national security and economic prosperity a full century later — especially during a pandemic.

D-Day Veterans Few and Far Between as Time Moves On
( Saturday marked the 76th anniversary of D-Day. Historians say more than 4,400 Allied soldiers were killed on D-Day, including 2,501 Americans, that fateful Tuesday on the shores of France.

Defense Bill Turns into Proxy Battle Over Floyd Protests
(The Hill) A fight is brewing over the annual defense policy bill as the Trump administration’s response to the protests against racial injustices roils the nation.

House Democrats Release Nearly $500 Billion Infrastructure Bill
(Transportation Today) As the clock winds down on the current surface transportation authorization, Democrats on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have unveiled a nearly $500 billion package designed to fix a backlog of infrastructure issues, create jobs, and prop up public transit.

Fog of War: How Clever Technology Enables Military Pilots to See Through Smoke, Dust, Mist & Smog
(Forbes) The Pentagon figures that 58% of the rotorcraft it lost during the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq were traceable to mishaps caused by what professionals call “degraded visual environments” or DVE. But, until relatively recently, no comprehensive solution was available that would allow military pilots to see through every type of obscurant in every imaginable condition, from a raging sandstorm to a blizzard.


ARC CEO Testimony to Congress on the State of the U.S.-Flag Maritime Industry
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group) Eric Ebeling, President & CEO, American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group, on behalf of the American Maritime Industry recently testified before the US House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee—read his statement.

FedEx Logistics Helps in the Fight Against COVID-19 by Distributing Personal Protective Equipment to Hospitals Throughout Latin America

(FedEx) FedEx Logistics, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., is providing essential supply chain services to support the fight against COVID-19. FedEx is supplying Medline personal protective equipment (PPE) from a FedEx Logistics facility located in the Panama Pacifico Free Trade Zone and Panama, to hospitals in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Agility Helps Businesses Ramp Up Online Sales
(Agility) Agility and two partner companies moved to help retailers and small businesses start or grow online sales through efficient, easy-to-build digital stores and easy-to-use shipping, fulfillment, and delivery services.

Boeing Delivers First Super Hornet Blue Angel Test Jet
(Boeing) Boeing has delivered the first Super Hornet test aircraft for the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angel flight demonstration squadron. The unpainted aircraft now enters the flight test and evaluation phase at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. Boeing expects to deliver a total of 11 aircraft for the squadron in 2020.

Amtrak: Ready for Our Customers
(Amtrak) In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience as America gradually reopens, Amtrak wants to reassure customers that several added cleanliness and convenience measures have been implemented.


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