Facing farmer anger, Trump scrambles Cabinet to brainstorm on biofuel policy: sources

Reuters | August 22, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump, faced with mounting anger in the farm belt over policies that allow oil refineries to use less corn-based ethanol, summoned Cabinet members on Thursday to discuss ways to boost biofuel demand, four sources familiar with the matter said. Throughout his 2016 campaign that brought him to power, Trump championed ethanol but also courted the oil industry. However, his latest decision to grant dozens of waivers to oil refineries infuriated farmers, a key constituency he is counting on for re-election in 2020.

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On 17 December, Auckland Council agreed on its consultation items for its Annual Plan 2016/2017, with rating issues set to be at the forefront of the conversation with the community on its budget for the next financial year. The council’s governing body agreed to consult on the following items, some of which had been recommended by the Finance and Performance Committee before inclusion in the mayoral proposal last week.

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On 17 December, Auckland Council agreed on its consultation items for its Annual Plan 2016/2017, with rating issues set to be at the forefront of the conversation with the community on its budget for the next financial year. The council’s governing body agreed to consult on the following items, some of which had been recommended by the Finance and Performance Committee before inclusion in the mayoral proposal last week.

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SES Completes $450 Million Acquisition of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions Doubling US Government Business

SES | August 02, 2022

SES and its wholly-owned subsidiary SES Government Solutions (SES GS) today announced the completion of the acquisition of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (GES) from Leonardo DRS for $450 million after obtaining all the necessary regulatory approvals. The DRS GES business will be combined with SES GS to create a scaled solutions provider serving the multi-orbit satellite communications needs of the US Government and supporting missions anywhere on land, at sea, or in the air. With the combined businesses operating as SES Government Solutions, the new organization will comprise a cross-functional workforce with deep technical expertise and a proven ability to integrate and manage multi-orbit geostationary and medium earth orbit (MEO) services as well as multi-operator network solutions. In particular, SES GS will offer highly flexible second-generation MEO services – via SES’s soon-to-be launched O3b mPOWER system – with a unique combination of low latency and high throughput per terminal for high-value missions, to an expanded government customer base. SES GS will also leverage essential tools and expertise in cybersecurity operations, customer support, governance and compliance. The combined business will continue to serve US Government customers under the direction of the SES GS Proxy Board of Directors. The consolidation of DRS GES with SES GS is expected to unlock $25 million of annualized run-rate synergies, with government becoming SES’s largest data business segment in terms of revenue. The combined business will be led by David Fields, who assumes responsibilities on August 1, 2022 as appointed by the SES GS Proxy Board. Fields has over 30 years of experience in the satellite communications and information technology (IT) services industries, and joins SES GS from DRS GES. He succeeds Brigadier General Pete Hoene, USAF (Retired), who, after 11 years at the helm of SES GS and decades of dedicated service in the satellite communications arena, will take his retirement. “I am extremely excited about the potential that this combination unleashes, reinforcing our commitment to provide best-in-class satellite network solutions to the US Department of Defense customers, We are delighted to welcome Fields, who comes to SES GS with extensive knowledge and expertise in the satellite communications industry and a demonstrated record of achievement in the US Government sector. Well-respected by industry partners and customers, he has developed deep and trusted relationships with many US Government agencies, and we anticipate David to build on his success through his leadership of the combined business. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Pete Hoene, whose leadership has resulted in SES GS achieving outstanding growth rate of over 30% in just the last five years. We wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.” -Brigadier General Billy Bingham, USAF (Retired), Chairman of the SES GS Proxy Board. I am excited to join SES GS and honored to lead the combined team where we will be delivering best-in-class solutions and state-of-the-art multi-orbit satellite networking capabilities, said David Fields, President and CEO of SES GS. SES GS will be significantly expanding its differentiated value proposition for the US Government, with a trusted multi-operator network integration and service management solutions. The breadth of our capabilities, now spanning both connectivity and integration, allows for building, managing and supporting the most advanced satellite networks solutions for our US Government customers. About SES: SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries over ~8,200 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 366 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. About SES Government Solutions: SES Government Solutions (SES GS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, and is exclusively focused on building, managing, and supporting the most advanced satellite network solutions for the US Government. SES GS leverages a proven multi-operator network integration and management capability, an extensive global terrestrial network, as well as access to SES’s multi-orbit satellite fleet. It also offers US Department of Defense customers the essential tools in cybersecurity for mission-critical operations, coupled with a proven track record in governance and compliance. SES GS operates under a proxy board, enabling it to support classified projects, and it has been present in the US Government satcom market for over four decades.

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Xage Draws Chevron Backing to Accelerate Zero Trust Adoption in Energy

Xage Security | July 15, 2022

Xage, the zero trust cybersecurity company, today announced investment from Chevron Technology Ventures to further accelerate the use of zero trust in protecting energy and other critical infrastructure from cyber threats. The additional capital extends Xage’s series B venture capital financing for a second time in the last two months, bringing Xage’s total financing to-date to $62M. “Xage’s zero trust security has the potential to expand corporate security standards to environments that increasingly are connected to one another. The technology can provide critical support to cybersecurity and digital transformation needs, This is the latest investment from our Core Energy Fund 7, which focuses on operational enhancement, digitalization and lower carbon technologies.” -Jim Gable, Vice President, Innovation and President of Technology Ventures at Chevron. Xage’s Fabric is specifically designed to bring a zero trust security model to complex environments without requiring an equipment overhaul. The Fabric overlays every machine, app, and data point within an operation to impose granular control over all digital interactions. In addition to the company's Identity & Access Management (IAM), Zero Trust Remote Access, and Dynamic Data Security solutions, Xage recently released a novel multi-layer, multi-factor authentication (MFA) capability designed specifically for real-world operations to block MFA hacks caused by “MFA bombing” and human error. “With Chevron participating in our series B, we’re able to accelerate our impact on energy companies and other critical infrastructure organizations to prevent hacks while building efficiencies and enhancing collaboration, We recently found that 88% of industrial cybersecurity leaders are taking steps to adopt zero trust, and 55% are reporting that zero trust is accelerating digital transformation. It’s our job to make sure these efforts are expedited, and expanded support from investors with deep knowledge of the energy sector will help us achieve that.” -Duncan Greatwood, CEO of Xage. Chevron Technology Ventures joins a growing number of energy sector investors backing Xage. The venture arm of Saudi Aramco invested in Xage’s series A and B; and more recently, Piva Capital, a venture capital firm investing in technologies ushering in a new industrial era, led Xage’s series B, with SCF Partners and Overture Climate Fund joining the round in May. About Xage- Xage is the first and only zero trust real-world security company. The Xage Fabric accelerates and simplifies the way enterprises secure, manage and transform digital operations across OT, IT, and cloud. Xage solutions include Identity & Access Management (IAM), remote access, and dynamic data security, all powered by the Xage Fabric. About Chevron Technology Ventures- Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) pursues technologies and new business solutions that have the potential to enhance the way Chevron delivers affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy.

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PARAGON INCREASES INVESTMENT IN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

PARAGON SYSTEMS | September 26, 2022

Sean will drive growth and development across all business sectors encompassing federal and commercial business development. Joining Paragon in 2020, following his progressive success since 2012 with affiliate Securitas USA (SUSA), Sean has directly supported the acceleration of growth of physical security offerings for the Aerospace & Defense sector. Additionally, Sean has led the integration of combining physical security offerings with specialty cleared commercial services from Paragon Risk Management, Cybersecurity, and Technology Solutions. Serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army's Military Police Corp, Sean led paramilitary training and security operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his service, Sean earned a dual master's degree in security management and emergency management from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sean's capabilities and vision will provide the business development and capture management teams additional insight into enhancing service offerings and integrating capabilities across the Federal government and its contractors. While serving as Vice President of Global National Sales for SUSA, Sean successfully built cohesive growth-oriented entities across geographic and vertical markets and increased brand placement in the marketplace. "Sean's operational experience in both the public and private sector, coupled with his proven track record to foster widespread organizational growth, will prove valuable as we continue to move the company into the future of safeguarding American assets." -Tony Sabatino, Chief Executive Officer,PARAGON SYSTEMS. ABOUT PARAGON SYSTEMS: Paragon employs over 12,000 professionals in specialized operations providing security, fire, investigations, inspections, cybersecurity, risk management, and mission support services to the U.S. Federal Government and other critical infrastructure clients. Paragon is Safeguarding American Assets at home, abroad, & beyond.

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