The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

March 8, 2024

Thank you!Last week professionals from across the spectrum of US government travel agencies and industries gathered in Alexandria, Virginia, for the GovTravel Symposium. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a success: Our co-sponsor the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), General Services Administration (GSA), NDTA Government Passenger Travel Advisory Council (GPTAC) and its Committees, keynote speakers, roundtable moderators and panel members, event sponsors and exhibitors, Travel Academy instructors, Young Leaders Committee, volunteers, staff members, and all of the attendees. We appreciate your contributions to GovTravels and to the greater government travel community!

Technology Advancements in Long-Term Lodging

By Jeana Giordano, Global Director of Communications, ReloQuest

One advantage associated with a government lifestyle is the opportunity to travel and discover various parts of the world. This may involve an international excursion or a trek through a nearby national park during Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) or deployment. In the current global landscape, swift technological advancements profoundly influence various sectors, including international government and military travel. Government leaders are actively adopting new technologies, spearheading a transformative shift that impacts work processes, travel dynamics, and housing requirements. […READ MORE…]

NDTA Puget Sound Chapter News

The NDTA Puget Sound Chapter has released its winter newsletter, including information on the chapter’s upcoming Summer Leadership Academy, scholarship applications, and more.

A C-130J Super Hercules loaded with humanitarian aid pallets

U.S. Participates in Second Humanitarian Airdrop for Gaza

By C. Todd Lopez, DOD News

“Three U.S. C-130s dropped over 36,800 meals into northern Gaza to provide critical relief to civilians there,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder during a briefing this afternoon. “This is the second combined airdrop to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.” […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

Congress Unveils Long-Awaited Funding Bills Ahead of Shutdown Threat

(The Hill)  Congressional leaders have revealed long-awaited bipartisan bills to fund parts of the government for most of the year, setting off a bicameral sprint to avert a looming shutdown this Friday. The weekend rollout entails six full-year spending bills to fund a slew of agencies until early fall, including the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation (DOT), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Veterans Affairs (VA), Justice (DOJ), Commerce and Energy.

Opinion: How Interoperability Benefits Military, Civil and Commercial Domains

(C4ISRNet)  Whether applied to military, commercial or consumer domains, interoperability can benefit every step of the supply chain by reducing overall costs and enabling rapid integration, as well as by improving the long-term sustainability and maintainability of fielded systems.

If Truckers Haul Bread and Cakes, Is Their Business Baking or Trucking?

(FreightWaves)  The never-ending question of defining the employment status of a truck driver, key to battles over California’s AB5 and the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent independent contractor status regulation, was on display this week at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Marines Pass Full Financial Audit, a First for Any US Military Branch

(Defense News)  The U.S. Marine Corps passed a full financial audit for the first time, a milestone that comes after almost two decades of trying to prepare the Corps’ records and several failed audits along the way.

Supply Chain Strains Set to Weigh on Aviation Industry Bounce-Back

(Reuters)  Parts shortages and delivery delays plaguing the global aviation industry are easing, but could take up to two years to resolve, firms at the Singapore Airshow said, adding to the pressures clouding a post-pandemic recovery in travel demand.

Thank You Corporate Member

Our thanks to JET Infrastructure Holding IA LLC for upgrading to become NDTA’s newest Chairman’s Circle member!

Duluth Travel Signs New GDS Agreement with Sabre to Help Serve Federal Government Agencies

(Sabre)  Sabre Corporation has announced a new multi-year agreement with Duluth Travel, that will enable Duluth to access the robust travel content in the Sabre travel marketplace, helping to drive efficiencies and support its revenue growth goals.

Deloitte Analysis: Smart Military Bases – Now is the Time

(Deloitte)  Military installations are the backbone of the US Department of Defense (DoD). While smart technologies are slowly being put to use on military bases, there are significant security, operational, and economic benefits yet to be realized. The smart military base is the key to tomorrow’s fighting force.

J.B. Hunt Heralds New Multiyear Intermodal Deal with Walmart

(Logistics Management)  J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. has inked a multiyear deal with global retail giant Walmart, with a key component of the deal being its acquisition of Walmart’s intermodal assets, including its operational intermodal container and chassis fleets.

CakeBoxx Technologies Appoints Erik Jensen as Chief Commercial Officer

(CakeBoxx Technologies)  CakeBoxx Technologies is excited to announce the appointment of Erik Jensen as the company’s new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). The appointment comes during a year of significant milestones for the company, including the launch of an office in Aarhus, Denmark, to support the renewable energy sector, and the introduction of a variety of innovative products to support the logistics needs of defense, aerospace, super-load cargos, uncrewed vehicles, fusion energy, and regenerative aquaculture.

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