Latin America Is Already Trump’s 2020 Presidential Campaign Testing Ground

The New York Time | April 08, 2019

The 2020 United States presidential campaign is already in full swing in Latin America. Four hot-button issues that helped propel President Trump to the White House in 2016 are already coming into play in his approach with the region, and they are being driven by two parallel electoral strategies: appeals to his political base nationwide on immigration, drugs and trade, and a hard sell directed at South Florida on Cuba and Venezuela. Since he announced his candidacy in 2015, Mr. Trump has treated Mexico as a proxy and scapegoat, particularly on immigration and trade, two issues on which he promised a radical policy shift. Calls to build “the wall” on the United States-Mexico border became shorthand for a tough, aggressive stance on these issues that reliably rallies and excites Mr. Trump’s hard-core supporters.

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Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States: “It is safer to have the whole people respectably enlightened than a few in a high state of science and the many in ignorance.” Jefferson felt that a real democracy requires an educated populace, who can better participate in the issues of the day. From nps.gov: “He believed ignorance to be the enemy of freedom, and he wanted to correct what he considered to be the defects of educational institutions modeled on European settings and curriculum.” [For more about Jefferson’s thoughts on education and plan for the University of Virginia President Obama, our current and 44th president, had said in Aug 2010, at the University of Texas in Austin, “The single most important thing we can do is to make sure we’ve got a world-class education system for everybody. That is a prerequisite for prosperity. It is an obligation that we have for the next generation.

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Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States: “It is safer to have the whole people respectably enlightened than a few in a high state of science and the many in ignorance.” Jefferson felt that a real democracy requires an educated populace, who can better participate in the issues of the day. From nps.gov: “He believed ignorance to be the enemy of freedom, and he wanted to correct what he considered to be the defects of educational institutions modeled on European settings and curriculum.” [For more about Jefferson’s thoughts on education and plan for the University of Virginia President Obama, our current and 44th president, had said in Aug 2010, at the University of Texas in Austin, “The single most important thing we can do is to make sure we’ve got a world-class education system for everybody. That is a prerequisite for prosperity. It is an obligation that we have for the next generation.

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Siemens Government Technologies Helps Corpus Christi Army Depot Achieve Its Energy Efficiency and Savings Goals

Siemens Government Technologies | May 27, 2022

Siemens Government Technologies (SGT), Inc., Siemens' federally focused U.S. affiliate, is extending crucial energy efficiency and resiliency work at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Texas. The new $17.1 million task order will achieve Army efficiency and resiliency goals for its premier rotary wing and repair facility thanks to a budget neutral task order given by the Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. Siemens has been assisting CCAD with energy efficiency and resiliency initiatives since 2015. Critical infrastructure enhancements have been scoped to return the largest energy savings at the lowest feasible cost to the government, which they credit to the close collaboration with Army project engineers. Siemens has been able to provide more than $93 million in energy conservation measures compensated for by the decrease in baseline utility costs over the contract duration by leveraging energy savings performance contracts — where energy efficiency initiatives are completely financed with minimal upfront investment. We’ve been fortunate to serve CCAD with essential smart infrastructure and energy-efficient systems that support their national security mission. By providing these critical upgrades that expand overall efficiency for smart energy management, the Army CCAD team can maintain its focus on their core mission of critical repair and refurbishment of rotary wing assets here at home and around the world.” John Ustica, Interim CEO of Siemens Government Technologies The present task order covers seven buildings with a total square footage of more than 1.5 million square feet. The project team, led by SGT, will replace existing stream traps, install point-of-use pressure washers to eliminate single pass steam, replace hot water boilers with high efficiency boilers, and replace hot water pumps with high efficiency variable volume pumps to reduce single pass steam. High-efficiency chillers will be installed in place of air-cooled chillers, and new local controls will enable remote monitoring and warning for more efficient operation. Existing interior and exterior fixtures will be replaced or retrofitted with LED technology as part of the lighting upgrades. The project team will enhance existing SCADA systems to monitor and manage existing furnaces and freezers, as well as implement a new SCADA system, to reduce overall parts scrap rate, labor, and cycle time.

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Vyopta Partners with Carahsoft Technology, a Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider

Carahsoft | February 17, 2021

Vyopta, a main supplier of Collaboration Intelligence, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced a partnership. Under the arrangement, Carahsoft will fill in as Vyopta's Master Government Aggregator® and make Vyopta's exhaustive checking and examination for Collaboration Performance Management (CPM) and Workspace Insights arrangements accessible to the public area through Carahsoft's affiliate partners and NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V and Maryland COTS contracts. “Collaboration has become critical in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our customers have expressed a need for full visibility into their complex collaboration environments,” said Natalie Gregory, Vice President of Sales managing the Vyopta practice at Carahsoft. “Vyopta empowers public sector agencies to improve collaboration, optimize meeting room usage, meet compliance reporting requirements, and efficiently manage large, complex collaboration environments. We look forward to partnering with Vyopta to provide innovative collaboration intelligence solutions to our public sector customers with the support of our reseller partners.” Vyopta helps governments in the U.S., Canada, and Europe uphold a wide scope of collaboration use cases including giving strategic correspondence, empowering far off wellbeing administrations and expanding admittance to office administrations. Vyopta's CPM Monitoring arrangement gives ongoing cautions and nitty gritty measurements on execution and nature of live and finished gatherings – video, telephone or online. CPM Analytics offers significant experiences that can recognize cost-saving measures while distinguishing convenience and quality concerns. Vyopta incorporates and gathers information from Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Zoom (counting Zoom online courses), Google Meet, Cisco UCM, Cisco Meeting Server, Pexip, entryways for voice and video, and IoT collaboration gadgets. “We’re excited to partner with Carahsoft to set up a distribution channel in the public sector market for the first time,” said Cody Bell, Director of Federal Accounts at Vyopta. “We are seeing high demand among federal agencies to provide video and UC troubleshooting tools that are simple to use for front-line IT support teams.” Vyopta’s U.S. Federal government customers include the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Federal Reserve System, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Senate and U.S. Courts. In early January, Vyopta received the “In Process” designation from the U.S. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and is listed on the FedRAMP marketplace website. About Vyopta Incorporated Vyopta, the Collaboration Intelligence company, is a global leader in comprehensive monitoring and analytics for Collaboration Performance Management and Workspace Insights. By integrating insights from multi-vendor Unified Communications & Collaboration vendors and IOT devices, Vyopta helps organizations deliver the best UC user experience and optimize their UC and real estate investments. Vyopta helps hundreds of organizations worldwide spanning 20+ industries monitor 6 million endpoints and over 20 billion meeting minutes a year. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. As a top-performing GSA Schedule, SEWP and ITES-SW2 contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the Master Government Aggregator® for many of its best-of-breed technology vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, value-added resellers, system integrators and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value.

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Defense Digital Service Announced the Launch of DDS’s 11th Bug Bounty Program with HackerOne

HackerOne | January 07, 2021

The Defense Digital Service (DDS) and HackerOne today announced the dispatch of DDS's 11th bug abundance program with HackerOne and the third with the U.S. Branch of the Army. Hack the Army 3.0 is a period bound, programmer controlled security test pointed toward surfacing weaknesses so they can be settled before they are abused by foes. The bug abundance program is available to both military and regular citizen members and will run from January 6, 2021 through February 17, 2021. Bug abundance programs, similar to Hack the Army 3.0, boost security examination and announcing of genuine security weaknesses in return for money related awards for qualified weaknesses and members. These projects are an industry best practice utilized by the most full grown associations across the world. By unveiling weaknesses to security groups, regular citizen and military programmers will help the U.S. Armed force secure digital resources and guard against cyberattacks. Hack the Army is one illustration of the Army and DoD's ability to seek after imaginative and nontraditional ways to deal with guarantee the capacity and security of individuals, organizations, and information. "Bug bounty programs are a unique and effective 'force multiplier' for safeguarding critical Army networks, systems and data, and build on the efforts of our Army and DoD security professionals," said Brig. Gen. Adam C. Volant, U.S. Army Cyber Command Director of Operations. "By 'crowdsourcing' solutions with the help of the world's best military and civilian ethical hackers, we complement our existing security measures and provide an additional means to identify and fix vulnerabilities. Hack the Army 3.0 builds upon the successes and lessons of our prior bug bounty programs." “We are proud of our continued partnership with the Army to challenge the status quo in strengthening the security of military systems and shifting government culture by engaging ethical hackers to address vulnerabilities,” says Brett Goldstein, Director, Defense Digital Service. “We’re calling on civilian and military hackers to show us what they’ve got in this bug bounty and to help train the future force.” Participation in the Hack the Army 3.0 bug abundance challenge is open by greeting just to regular citizen programmers and dynamic U.S. military individuals. Bug bounties might be offered to regular citizen programmers for substantial security weaknesses as indicated by the program strategy. Military and temporary worker staff are not qualified to get monetary prizes. “We are living in a different world today than even just a year ago,” said Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne. “Amidst disinformation and a global health crisis, citizens are increasingly wary of how, when, and where their information is used. For years, the U.S. Department of Defense and respective military branches have successfully strengthened their cybersecurity posture and protected precious data by enlisting the help of ethical hackers on HackerOne. Years later, hacker-powered security is not only a best practice in the US military, but it is now a mandated requirement among civilian federal agencies. There is only one way to secure our connected society, together, and the U.S. Army is leading the charge with this latest challenge.” DDS has been a harbinger in programmer fueled security testing since the time the dispatch of "Hack the Pentagon" in 2016. DDS's Hack the Pentagon group has executed 14 public bounties on outside confronting sites and applications, and ten private bounties on a scope of delicate, inside frameworks in the U.S. Branch of Defense (DoD). Instances of past private bounties incorporate coordinations frameworks, actual equipment, and faculty frameworks. In partnership with DDS, HackerOne has launched more federal programs than any other hacker-powered security provider and is the only bug bounty platform that is FedRAMP authorized. Previous bug bounty challenges and results include: Hack the Pentagon, Hack the Army, Hack the Air Force, Hack the Air Force 2.0, Hack the Defense Travel System, Hack the Army 2.0, Hack the Air Force 3.0, Hack the Air Force 4.0, Hack the Proxy and Hack the Marine Corps. DDS also launched a Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) for the DoD in 2016, which is now one of the most successful programs of its kind with hackers reporting over 20,000 security vulnerabilities to date. Hackers who become aware of any vulnerabilities can safely disclose them to the DoD at any time through this ongoing VDP with HackerOne. About HackerOne HackerOne empowers the world to build a safer internet. As the world’s most trusted hacker-powered security platform, HackerOne gives organizations access to the largest community of hackers on the planet. Armed with the most robust database of vulnerability trends and industry benchmarks, the hacker community mitigates cyber risk by searching, finding, and safely reporting real-world security weaknesses for organizations across all industries and attack surfaces. Customers include The U.S. Department of Defense, Dropbox, General Motors, GitHub, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hyatt, Intel, Lufthansa, Microsoft, MINDEF Singapore, Nintendo, PayPal, Slack, Starbucks, Twitter, and Verizon Media. HackerOne was ranked fifth on the Fast Company World’s Most Innovative Companies list for 2020. Headquartered in San Francisco, HackerOne has a presence in London, New York, the Netherlands, France, Singapore, and over 70 other locations across the globe. About Defense Digital Service The Defense Digital Service was established by the U.S. Secretary of Defense in November 2015 as a SWAT team of nerds that provides the best in modern technical knowledge designed to bolster national defense. We are primarily based in the Pentagon, but we also have satellite offices in Augusta, Georgia and co-located at the Defense Innovation Unit in Mountain View, California. Our range of talent includes world-class software developers, designers, product managers, digital experts and bureaucracy hackers from both the private sector and within government.

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