The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

November 17, 2020


The Source will be on hiatus next week. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.


GovTravels Expo Business Development Opportunities

If you provide travel and passenger services to the government, or support organizations that do, we encourage your participation at the 2021 GovTravels Symposium & Expo, which will be held virtually February 23-25, 2021.  If your goals still include increasing brand awareness, visibility, and/or positioning your organization as a solutions provider, you should sponsor and exhibit.

In these times more than ever, GovTravels will provide an important venue for government and private sector professionals in travel and passenger services to meet with and learn from each other.  Prior to GovTravels, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees will have the ability to schedule 15-minute meetings (Matchmaking).  Booth visitors will have the ability to speak live with you when they visit your booth.

For details on these opportunities, please see our Prospectus and the Expo/Sponsor webpage.  Sponsorships and virtual exhibit booths can be reserved online. Please contact NDTA Vice President of Marketing Lee Matthews at or call 703-439-7232 to discuss your strategy, or if you have any questions.


Truly Human Leadership

By Sharon Lo Managing Editor, Defense Transportation Journal and The Source

“The issues I believe we face that we’re trying to address here are prevalent in all parts of our society, and it’s called the privilege of leadership,” said Mr. Bob Chapman. Chapman is the Chairman and CEO of Barry Wehmiller, a global supplier of manufacturing technology and services, and author of the book Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family.

Chapman’s remarks came during his keynote address at the 2020 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting. The event, which took place virtually October 5-8, brought together more than 1,500 attendees from government, military, and industry to learn and collaborate. The theme for the meeting was Innovative and Disruptive…2020 Vision for the Future.

“Before the pandemic, before the social unrest, before the political debate, we had a country that was actually experiencing a great deal of anxiety and depression,” said Chapman. “Eighty-eight percent of all people in this country felt they worked for an organization that did not care about them. We had a 20 percent increase in heart attacks on Monday mornings when people had to go back to work. When people complain about the cost of healthcare, I say our leaders are the problem because 74 percent of all illnesses are chronic. The biggest cause of chronic illness is stress, and the biggest cause of stress is work.” […READ MORE…]


Your Source

The Impact of COVID-19 on US Holiday Shipping and Business Sales

Thanksgiving is just over a week away. This means that Black Friday, the traditional start of the peak holiday shipping season, is also just over a week away. What can we expect in a year that has been so unexpected? DHL’s 2020 Holiday Survey may provide some insight.

Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted American small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in varying ways—some companies saw sales slumps and employee layoffs while others benefitted greatly from increased online shopping.

Now, as the holiday shopping season approaches, uncertainty about the long-term economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic remains. Many SMEs worry that this most profitable time of the year may not be as fruitful in 2020. And yet, some SMEs are hoping that the holidays might be a beacon of light at the end of a tough year—especially if their businesses already have an e-commerce component. According to Deloitte, holiday e-commerce sales are expected to surge 25% to 35%—an increase of between $182 billion and $196 billion. That is huge, compared to the 2019 online growth rate of 14.7% when sales reached $145 billion. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Starting Dec. 1, Cybersecurity Is No Longer Optional
(Breaking Defense) As the deadline nears for the first 15 contracts awarded in compliance with the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, the Pentagon made it clear that is just the beginning.

New Defense Chief Signals Potential Troop Drawdown: ‘All Wars Must End’
(The Hill) Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller signaled a potential U.S. troop reduction ahead in the Middle East in a memo sent to agency staff on Friday, saying, “All wars must end.”

Why Defense Firms Need to Get Systematic About M&A — Big and Small
(Defense News) After years of growth, defense budgets will likely flatten (or decline). In such a financial environment, the U.S. Department of Defense will consider trade-offs between funding modernization, sustaining legacy equipment, and preserving force structure.

Senate Committee Unveils Fiscal 2021 Transportation Funding Bill
(Transport Topics) The U.S. Senate committee that oversees funding across the federal government unveiled a plan for fiscal 2021 that will ensure operations continue uninterrupted across agencies, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

America’s Forgotten Marine Highway Network That Could Green Global Freight Transport
(Forbes) Having a robust plan for how the U.S. will meet this 40% forecast increase in freight while addressing climate commitments set in the Paris Agreement will be a critical priority. It requires out of the box thinking, and a long-forgotten transport network could prove a vital part of the solution.


AIT, FreightWaves Deliver Free Last Mile White Paper
(AIT Worldwide Logistics) Find out how much the market is set to grow in the next few years, how disruptive technologies are changing the final mile landscape, and much more.

Deloitte Announces New App Through SAP Concur Collaboration to Ease Business Travel and Remote Work Compliance
(SAP Concur) Deloitte has announced the upcoming release of the Deloitte – Travel Ready app in the SAP® Concur® App Center. This is an extension of the working relationship developed through the SAP Deloitte partnership.

Dell Technologies, FedEx, and Switch Team Up to Deliver Exascale Multi-Cloud Capabilities to the Edge
(FedEx) Dell Technologies, FedEx, and Switch are working together to develop exascale multi-cloud edge infrastructure services. This will bring compute, storage, and connectivity to the network edge and help customers overcome performance barriers for latency-sensitive applications.

Boeing Forecasts Strong Growth in China’s Aviation Market Despite Near-term Challenges
(Boeing) Boeing expects China’s airlines to acquire 8,600 new airplanes valued at $1.4 trillion and commercial aviation services valued at $1.7 trillion over the next 20 years, reflecting an expected robust recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crowley Wins U.S. Government Award for Hiring and Retaining Veterans
(Crowley) U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia has awarded Crowley the HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion for its exemplary success recruiting, employing, and retaining U.S. military veterans.

BNSF Publishes Corporate Sustainability Report
(BNSF Railway) BNSF Railway has issued its Corporate Sustainability Report. The report highlights the company’s progress on key initiatives in the areas of sustaining its operations, creating value for its customers, engaging with employees, and connecting with communities.


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