The Elites and the Rise of Donald Trump

May 30, 2016

Last week marked a milestone. Donald Trump passed the 1,237 threshold of committed delegates that gives him a lock on the Republican Party presidential nomination. Given his public comments on everything from immigration to terrorism, large segments of the population must be viewing his nomination with horror.

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In early 2018, the Trump Administration citing concerns over national security and unfair trade Practices imposed increased tariffs on certain imported products in general and on U.S. imports from China in particular. Several of the affected foreign trading partners (including China) responded to the U.S. tariffs with their own retaliatory tariffs targeting various U.S. products, especially agricultural commodities.

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In early 2018, the Trump Administration citing concerns over national security and unfair trade Practices imposed increased tariffs on certain imported products in general and on U.S. imports from China in particular. Several of the affected foreign trading partners (including China) responded to the U.S. tariffs with their own retaliatory tariffs targeting various U.S. products, especially agricultural commodities.

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Siemens Government Technologies | July 29, 2022

Siemens Government Technologies (SGT), Inc., and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Network Management Resources Inc. d/b/a NMR Consulting (NMR), have entered into a U.S. Small Business Administration Mentor-Protégé agreement to build NMR’s capability and capacity for new projects supporting federal government customers responsible for vital national security missions. SGT is the separate but affiliated U.S. government arm of technology powerhouse Siemens. With project teams across the U.S. and internationally, SGT is a leading integrator of Siemens products, technologies, and software to solve some of the most complex government challenges in energy, automation, and digitalization. NMR has more than 25 years’ experience delivering robust solutions for government customers, including comprehensive mechanical and electrical projects for the intelligence community. SGT helps extend Siemens’ longstanding commitment of supporting small and diverse businesses throughout its supply chain operations. In the U.S. alone, approximately 20% of Siemens’ more than 3,000 suppliers qualify as small and diverse-owned businesses, with well over $900 million of goods and services procured from those suppliers annually. With SGT and NMR providing related support and equipment modernization for infrastructure projects – particularly at Department of Defense installations – the mentor-protégé relationship will support NMR’s access to a broader portfolio of opportunities through the Siemens installed base of energy products and technologies. In addition, the two companies can pursue small business and specified set-aside contracts through a joint venture, using NMR’s SDVOSB status under the terms of the mentor-protégé program. “NMR has been a highly valued partner to SGT for more than 12 years across multiple task orders in essential energy and infrastructure work for critical missions, They’ve shown us – and most importantly our customers – their dedication and commitment to strengthen their capabilities and resources, which is why we’re excited to help them take the next steps in the evolution of their business through this mentor-protégé relationship." -John Ustica, interim CEO for SGT. This landmark partnership with SGT will bring both significant benefits to customers and create unprecedented opportunities for revenue growth and business process improvement, said Dave Jones, President of NMR. SGT has been a longstanding partner with unparalleled customer service dedication, and NMR is looking forward to leveraging the synergies developed by both NMR & SGT to bring together people and businesses to provide our customers a better solution. About Siemens Government Technologies: Siemens Government Technologies is the wholly owned, U.S. subsidiary of Siemens Corporation whose mission it is to secure and modernize the largest infrastructure in the world, the U.S. Federal Government. It does so by being the leading integrator of Siemens’ innovative products, technologies, software and services in the areas of digital engineering and modeling, efficient and resilient energy solutions, and smart infrastructure modernization. NMR, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), has rigorous program management protocols, vetted project management methodologies, and has developed an advanced equipment procurement program that reduces cost and delivers customer-centric solutions to meet project demands. NMR’s vetted program/project management protocols, comprehensive risk management techniques, innovative procurement solutions, and agile technology implementations have been applied to numerous Federal clients including Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Secure Agencies in the Intelligence Community, and other mission critical DoD entities.

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Baker Tilly US | August 29, 2022

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CYBERSECURITY

Forescout Joins CISA’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

Forescout | August 12, 2022

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