Marines of Honor

April 8th, 2014


This month we are celebrating all things Military. This week, we are focusing on the USMC. Take a look at this info graphic by Julia Dye from Lead or Dye. She does a great job outlining Marines of Honor and some of the interesting facts that surround them.

Do you know a Marine of Honor? We would love to honor them here. Feel free to share their story, list their name or whatever you would like in the comment section.

Technology Helps Marines

April 7th, 2014

Marines use technology to help them in their mission.This week there was a post in the Marine Corps Times about how technology is changing the way the Marines operate. The Marine Corps is changing its image while following budgets cuts and adapting to the end of 2 long wars. This technology is part of that new image and will transform their ability to be prepared for missions by giving them real-time updates en route.

To aid them is one of three Ospreys that facilitate this communication. They are equipped with an encrypted internal wifi that allows the troops to receive data from an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that has sensors pointed directly at the target. This alone helps troops to be better prepared for the mission. Instead of boarding the plane and falling asleep, they are now alert and paying attention to what is happening in real time with the enemy.

To read the full story, click here.

Jet Observer features Shasta Shelter

April 3rd, 2014

this is a screen shot of an article from NAS OceanoThe Jet Observer posted an article this morning about Naval Air Station Oceana where sailors and marines are tested to ensure their mission readiness.

Creative Tent International, Inc. worked with them to ensure the right size, durability, and portability of the structure for the environment and needs.

These shelters are great for aircraft and vehicle maintenance as well as training and other personnel and storage facilities.

To read the whole story see the Jet Observer.

To learn more or to get a quote click here.

An Infographic about Manufacturing in the US

April 2nd, 2014

Tanisha Issacs put together this Info Graphic: Manufacturing in the United States

A survey of 360 executives of manufacturing firms across a range of industries was asked about their opinions toward manufacturing in the United States. Some of this information is presented in this nifty info graphic.

Manufacturing infographic

Infographic by Tanisha Isaacs



Border Security and the Changing Environment

April 1st, 2014

While the opinions of the author are his own, this is an interesting article about border security and the changing environment. Below is a link to the original article.

Border and customs agencies must embrace change to stay relevant and effective

Gerald L NinoTransition is often difficult to identify by those being transformed. However, when the insight is simplified, an agency can embrace an intentional shift in its regulatory and enabling responsibilities as well as in its relationship with industry. This allows a new future to take root as government agencies and industry truly cooperate and co-create initiatives together.


While the merits of a good idea can drive this change, government agencies — especially customs services around the world — will be forced to take this tack to address shrinking budgets and higher demands for efficiencies. In an environment of fiscal austerity, organizations, both public and private, must find new ways of doing business. Global border management will take on an even more critical role in enabling economic prosperity and standing in front of efforts to rebuild and strengthen national economies.


To accomplish this transformation, agencies responsible for border management will have to take a number of actions that shift focus from staffing and technology alone to improving capability, which better articulates future needs. As technology improves, as creative initiatives are implemented, strict measures for personnel increases become outdated. For example, self-service programs for trusted shippers and travelers allow border officials to focus attention on more specified threats. This causes a demand for initial investment, but an expenditure that is recovered in personnel savings in out years.


Furthermore, because creativity alone is not enough, we see a shift toward more public-private investment partnerships. Giving flexibility to the private sector to manage the workload placed on government entities is critical to future expansion.


These are just a few examples of how new budget norms require government agencies and private industry to have the insight to look within for transformative solutions to stay effective and relevant.




Allen Gina is founding partner of CT Strategies, which provides clients with strategic border management and supply chain services. He is a former assistant commissioner for international trade at Customs and Border Protection in the US Department of Homeland Security.