The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association
November 9, 2021
The National Defense Transportation Association pauses once again on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month to honor, salute and recognize the Veterans who have served the United States of America to defend our great country and our freedoms. NDTA stands strong today because of the military men and women who have served our country and served this organization. On November 11, 2021, we will think about their service and recognize the sacrifices they have made and continue to make. Thank you and well done!
- Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement23) Revision 2 – Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Attestation, Screening Testing, and Vaccination Verification
- Contractors get new January deadline to comply with federal vaccine mandate
- Labor secretary says most truck drivers are exempt from Covid mandate, handing industry a win
At the recent NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, one thing was very clear – government and industry were very eager to get back to engaging in person. The 2022 GovTravels Symposium—themed “Rebound. Reconnect. Reimagine.”—is the perfect opportunity for anyone working in passenger travel and related services for the federal government, a state government, or the private sector, to do exactly that. Register now to re-establish old relationships and build new ones. […READ MORE…]
By the Office of Public & Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Veterans Affairs
World War I—known at the time as “The Great War”—officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” […READ MORE…]
In this session, Matthew Mueller from the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) discusses how MARAD provides sufficient US merchant mariners to meet the strategic sealift needs of the US and helps ensure the country’s economic and national security. This includes pathways to becoming a mariner, challenges faced by MARAD in maintaining an adequate pool of mariners, and strategies to overcome these challenges, especially in what has become a more challenging environment. […READ MORE…]
The Department of Defense has announced the strategic direction of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, marking the completion of an internal program assessment led by senior leaders across the Department. […READ MORE…]
Quantum Sensor Breakthrough Paves Way For GPS-Free Navigation
(Defense One) Quantum science—one of the Pentagon’s top research priorities—may be about to deliver on its longtime promise of an alternative to GPS.
NASA, Space Force See Growing Opportunities to Use Commercial Space Services
(SpaceNews) NASA’s chief economist Alexander MacDonald said aggressive competition for space agency contracts is “one of the most exciting things that we’re seeing.” Competitive forces in the industry are going to help drive down the cost of what he called “core elements of human space exploration.”
Roads, Transit, Internet: What’s In the Infrastructure Bill
(AP News) The $1 trillion infrastructure plan that now goes to President Joe Biden to sign into law has money for roads, bridges, ports, rail transit, safe water, the power grid, broadband internet, and more.
USTRANSCOM Awards Contract to Improve the Moving Process for Service Members and Their Families
[US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)] USTRANSCOM has awarded the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC), worth an estimated $6.2 Billion to HomeSafe Alliance, LLC, of Houston. The contract provides complete door-to-door global household goods relocation transportation and warehouse services worldwide for Department of Defense (DOD) personnel, U.S. Coast Guard members, and other federal employees.
Federal and State Leaders Laud the Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Approach
(FedScoop) As government agencies accelerate their modernization efforts, the cost and complexity of moving that data is prompting leaders to explore hybrid cloud computing. One model that organizations are exploring is the ability to bring cloud capabilities on-premises, where their primary enterprise data, applications, and workloads reside.
The Future of War and America’s Strategic Capacity
[Institute for the Study of War (ISW)] The world is not in an era of change; it is in the midst of a change of era, affecting almost every aspect of individual and communal life. The amount and velocity of change will continue to increase along with the probability of conflict. Correspondingly, the importance of thinking and acting at the strategic level is rising as well. Now a new report by ISW aims to address these realities.
Free Webinar: The Road Ahead in 2022, Sponsored by U.S. Bank
[American Trucking Associations (ATA)] On November 30, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello will offer a wrap-up of 2020 and a look forward to what the trucking industry can expect in 2022 in a free webinar sponsored by U.S. Bank.
US Ocean and Waterman Logistics Increase Cargo Solutions and Alternatives in the Pacific
(Waterman) US Ocean LLC and Waterman Logistics, Inc., subsidiaries of SEACOR Holdings Inc., have announced increased vessel availability of multi-purpose and roll-on/roll-off assets in the Pacific in response to high demand for cargo transportation.
Augmented Reality Goes to Work on the Factory Floor
(SAP) Augmented reality helps workers in manufacturing environments assemble, repair, and service complex machines and products quicker and more accurately – and they’re just getting started.
Bennett Tops Atlanta’s Top 20-Women-Owned Firms for 18th Consecutive Year
(Bennett) Bennett Family of Companies is ranked No. 1 on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 20 Women-Owned Firms. The listing is ranked by 2020 companywide revenue. To qualify for the listing, companies must be at least 51 percent women-owned, have headquarters in metro Atlanta, and not be a subsidiary of another company.
DHL Supply Chain Further Accelerates Commercial Deployment of Its Fleet of Autonomous Forklifts and Pallet Movers
(DHL) DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is further accelerating the commercial deployment of autonomous forklifts and pallet movers in its more than 1,500 warehouses worldwide, focusing on sites in labor-tight markets across Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, as part of DHL Supply Chain’s Accelerated Digitalization agenda.
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