The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

May 26, 2020


Registration for 2020 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2020 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, scheduled for October 5-8, 2020, at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

2020 is the eighth year for this event, which is co-sponsored by the National Defense Transportation Association and U.S. Transportation Command. This year’s theme is Innovative and Disruptive … 20/20 Vision for the Future. As the theme suggests, we will look closely at current and future disruptors, examine their effects, think about innovations and understand their impact on the Nation’s logistics enterprise and the ability to provide global support to the warfighter.  […READ MORE…]


Partner News

DOT and MARAD Celebrate National Maritime Day

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the US Maritime Administration held a joint celebration to mark National Maritime Day on May 22, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held virtually. It featured remarks from several leaders within the government and military transportation community, as well as veterans of the Merchant Marine.

Deputy Maritime Administrator Richard Balzano described the day as a time to “honor America’s maritime heritage and show respect for the men and women who make it great.”

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao provided some of the history behind National Maritime Day, which was “established by Congress in 1933 to commemorate the first transoceanic voyage of the American steamship Savannah. It was a way to celebrate America’s long and deep maritime tradition, and the innovation that has powered it from Fulton steamship to nuclear ships and beyond[…READ MORE…]


Efficiency for Lethality: Reforming DOD’s Business Operations

The Honorable Lisa W. Hershman, Chief Management Officer (CMO) of the Department of Defense (DOD), presented Efficiency for Lethality: Reforming DOD’s Business Operations during the 2020 GovTravels Symposium. Held in Alexandria, Virginia, GovTravels was co-sponsored by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO).

As the CMO, Ms. Hershman is the third highest-ranking civilian within DOD. The CMO’s mission is to deliver optimized enterprise business operations to assure the success of the National Defense Strategy. Optimizing business operations related to travel has been of particular importance to Ms. Hershman, who has made it her goal to make the Department Easy To Do Business With (ETDBW).[…READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

EXIM Board Unanimously Approves Amended Financing of U.S. Exports to Mozambique LNG Project and Support of More U.S. Jobs in Additional States
(Export-Import Bank of the United States [EXIM]) The Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) has unanimously voted to amend the agency’s previously approved September 2019 direct loan supporting U.S. exports for the development and construction of an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) project located on the Afungi Peninsula in northern Mozambique. As a result, the transaction now will support an increased number—16,700—of estimated American jobs over the five-year construction period.

Carriers Prepare to Bid Farewell to the Old Bill of Lading
( The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), which features the IT expertise of the world’s top liners, is determined to consign the centuries-old bill of lading to history.

Irregular Warfare in a New Era of Great-Power Competition
(Modern War Institute at West Point) America’s strategic emphasis on great-power competition is changing when, where, and how the United States conducts irregular warfare—counterterrorism, unconventional warfare, counterinsurgency, foreign internal defense, and stability operations.

China Announces $178.2 Billion Military Budget
(Defense News) China has announced a 6.6 percent growth in its defense budget for this year, its lowest rate of increase for almost three decades.


FedEx and Microsoft Join Forces to Transform Commerce
(FedEx) FedEx and Microsoft have announced a new multiyear collaboration to help transform commerce by combining the global digital and logistics network of FedEx with the power of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud that will use data and analytics solutions to reinvent the most critical aspects of the commerce experience. 

Echo Global Logistics Partners with TruckPark to Add New Benefits for Members of Its EchoDrive Preferred Rewards Program
(Echo Global Logistics) Echo Global Logistics and TruckPark Inc. have announced a strategic partnership that offers EchoDrive Preferred members access to TruckPark’s network of overnight, commercial truck parking resources at a discounted rate, providing an efficient and cost-effective way for truck drivers to find, reserve, and pay for guaranteed, secure parking in real-time amid the unprecedented COVID-19 situation. 

ARC Discharges GE Shunt Reactors at the Port of Galveston
(American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier) American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier’s M/V ARC Resolve unloaded 3 x GE Shunt Reactors and accompanying accessories earlier this week at the port of Galveston. The reactors will ultimately be used in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) grid modernization project in the Pacific Northwest.

United Launches United CleanPlus: A New Standard of Cleanliness and Safety in Partnership with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic
(United Airlines) United Airlines is introducing United CleanPlus: the company’s commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of the entire customer experience, created through a collaboration with Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic.

Choice Hotels Expands Choice Privileges Benefits for Loyalty Program Members
(Choice Hotels International) Choice Hotels has announced a series of enhancements to expand the benefits of its Choice Privileges loyalty program for its more than 45 million members.


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