The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

November 10, 2020


It is with sincere gratitude we say thank you to all of our service men and women—past and present—this Veterans Day.


Mark Your Calendar for GovTravels 2021

On behalf of NDTA and the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), and in association with the General Services Administration (GSA), we are delighted to announce the dates for the virtual 2021 GovTravels Symposium.

The symposium will be virtual and held from Tuesday, February 23 – Thursday, February 25, 2021.

We will be live for registration Thursday, November 12, 2020, and we encourage you to get registered and begin preparing to participate in this exciting event. […READ MORE…]


A Sustainment Vision for the Future: Embracing Innovation and Disruption to Advance

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

The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting took place virtually October 5-8, 2020. The event 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.

The Honorable Jordan Gillis, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, provided a keynote address on the conference’s second day. Gillis revealed that while he had always been aware and appreciative of the support provided to the warfighter, until taking on his current role, he did not recognize the amount of effort required and the broad spectrum of capabilities that come together to support service members.

“As you all well know and can appreciate, the scale of this enterprise is enormous. [It] touches every corner of the globe, delivering supplies and personnel on a daily basis, creating new capabilities when needed, and adapting existing capabilities to meet emerging demands,” said Gillis. […READ MORE…]


DLA Provides Four Months of PPE for DOD Ahead of Second COVID-19 Wave

By Beth Reece, DLA

The Defense Department now has four months of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respirators, surgical masks, and gloves to see troops and families through the second wave of COVID-19.

The supplies, which aren’t part of DOD’s pandemic reserves, were procured by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to replenish on-hand stock for military services and geographic combatant commands. Much of it will be used for patient care at military treatment facilities and by service members training or deployed, said COL Matthew Voyles, USA, Director of DLA Troop Support’s Medical Supply Chain. […READ MORE…]


Editor’s Picks

Esper Fired as Defense Secretary
(Defense News) US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been fired by President Donald Trump. Christopher Miller, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, has been appointed Acting Defense Secretary.

Where President-Elect Joe Biden Stands on National Security Issues
(Military Times) After five days of counting votes, former Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election, unseating President Donald Trump. Read a few of his selected positions and how they differ from Trump.

Is Ending Protection of US Maritime a Bad Idea?
(Federal News Network) Should foreign maritime transportation competitors like China be permitted to ply U.S. commercial waters? For a century, the Jones Act has reserved that right for U.S. made ships and crews. Now the idea of ending the protection of the U.S. maritime is gaining traction. Bad idea, according to the vice president for legislative affairs at the Navy League, Jon Kaskin.

Prioritize Building the Flight Line of the Future
(C4ISRNet) Mission readiness depends on secure and reliable connectivity to successfully maintain electronic workflows. But, military airfields and airports located in very large areas typically have minimal connectivity.

Prop 22 Wins in California; Takes Uber, Lyft and Other Drivers Out from Under AB5
(FreightWaves) Proposition 22, designed to push back against AB5 in California for app-based drivers like those at Uber or Lyft, passed comfortably in Tuesday’s election.


Shipments, Spending Increase in Q3 as Demand for Household Goods Rises and Truck Capacity Tightens
(U.S. Bank) The Q3 2020 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index, a quarterly analysis of national shipments and spend, shows that shipments in the third quarter of 2020 increased 6% (compared to a drop of 7.6% in the second quarter of the year), and spend was up 14.6% (vs. a decline of 13.7% in Q2 2020).

America’s Largest Cranes Arrive at NIT Increasing the Port of Virginia’s Ability to Handle Ships of the Future
(Port of Virginia) The Port of Virginia has welcomed a pair of massive container cranes to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), the final pieces of equipment needed to complete the $450 million, two-a-half-year-long renovation of the terminal’s South Berth.

Logistics in Saudi Arabia – Vision 2030
(Crane Worldwide Logistics) Crane Worldwide Logistics’ Michael J. Karam, a 30-year supply chain industry veteran and Country Manager of the company’s logistics operations in Saudi Arabia, shares his industry insight and experience, including insights into operations in Saudi Arabia and a vision for the country’s future.

Five Keys to Managing Your Enterprise with a Multisourcing Services Integrator
(CGI) IT ecosystems are becoming ever more complex, and technological approaches are diversifying to match them. We now live in an era in which solving one need can spawn half a dozen more. As a result, acquiring, deploying, and modernizing technology is a never-ending pursuit.

Container Shortage: “It´s currently an enormous unseen challenge”
(Hapag-Lloyd) The supply of empty containers is under enormous pressure and reflects a historic challenge facing the entire shipping industry.


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