Trade war cuts U.S. LNG exports to China

Reuters | March 13, 2019

Only one liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel that left the United States in 2019 went to China, Reuters shipping data show, as the eight-month trade war between the two nations starts to cool. The governments of the world’s two largest economies have been locked in a tariff battle as Washington presses Beijing to address longstanding concerns over Chinese practices around technology transfers, market access and intellectual property rights. The countries are working to achieve a trade deal that matches their interests, including eliminating tit-for-tat tariffs.

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In March 2010, the NextGen Executive Weather Panel (NEWP) tasked the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) with defining the NextGen 4-D Wx Data Cube and the NextGen 4-D Wx Single Authoritative Source (SAS). These tasks were delegated to the JPDO’s Weather Policy Team, with instructions to bound and define a number of policy issues.

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OpenText partners with MAD Security to improve response time to cyberthreats and shrink the attack surface

Open Text Corporation | October 20, 2022

Today, OpenText™ (NASDAQ: OTEX), (TSX: OTEX), a global leader in information management with an extensive security solution portfolio, announced a partnership between OpenText Network Detection & Response (NDR) technology and MAD Security. This joint solution from OpenText and MAD Security will empower customers to cut false positive security alerts significantly and protect sensitive government data against advanced cyber threats. MAD Security, a managed security service provider (MSSP) that helps contractors and other small and medium sized enterprises detect potential breaches and prevent attackers from disrupting operations or exfiltrating data, knows firsthand that government contractors are a prime target for cyber-attacks, from phishing and social engineering to malware and ransomware. To strengthen its cybersecurity capabilities, MAD Security decided to augment its offering with NDR capabilities. The aim was to continuously monitor and analyze raw enterprise network traffic, creating a baseline of network behavior that would help analysts hunt down emerging threats faster. "In the past, MAD Security has relied on an anomaly-based intrusion detection system to find indicators of compromise (IOCs). While this approach was effective for analyzing north-south traffic across small networks, it was a challenge to pinpoint IOCs across larger networks with significant volumes of east-west traffic, If we could reduce the time our analysts spent drilling down into the data, we could accelerate our response and improve cost efficiency—ultimately providing a more competitive service. Working with OpenText, we can now detect and correlate events, investigate the data and notify the client in an average of just 6.5 minutes—less than half of SLA." -Jeremy Conway, CEO at MAD Security. MAD Security selected OpenText NDR because of the level of visibility it provides. The company can now look beyond individual subsets of endpoint and log data to build up a clear picture of what happened and when during an attack—even if the network traffic is encrypted. MAD Security uses OpenText NDR to make sure remediation efforts are successful, for example, by monitoring for new IOCs during its cleanup effort to detect whether the attacker is changing tactics or switching to an alternate toolset. An end-to-end network security platform, OpenText NDR simplifies network threat detection by combining smart packet capture (Smart PCAP) and rich network metadata generation, delivering a clear view of even the most complex networks. With OpenText NDR, MAD Security can gain insights faster than ever through deep packet inspection, behavioral anomaly detection, IOC matching, and AI-powered analytics. "We are thrilled to be able to count MAD Security among our many incredible customers and are proud to see not just our solutions working for the organization but also be part of its growth and success, By supporting MAD Security with OpenText NDR, we were able to help the company achieve its growth target while keeping its analyst team lean." -Muhi Majzoub, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer at OpenText. About OpenText: OpenText, The Information Company™, enables organizations to gain insight through market leading information management solutions, powered by OpenText Cloud Editions.

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Tyler Technologies Extends Contract for Digital Government and Payment Solutions in the State of Vermont

Tyler Technologies | September 21, 2022

Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) recently announced that the state of Vermont has extended its contract for Tyler’s award-winning digital government and payments services. The three-year extension builds upon the existing 16-year relationship with Tyler's subsidiary, NIC. Since 2006, NIC Vermont has been a trusted partner of the state of Vermont, working with more than 90 state government agencies and localities to deliver services explicitly geared toward helping residents interact easily with government while providing services at no cost to the state under a self-funded model. Through the partnership with the state, NIC Vermont currently provides more than 150 services and 120 websites, including the redesigned, industry-leading government website, Vermont.gov – a gold award winner in the 2020 W3 Awards and 4th place finisher in the 2020 Government Experience Awards. “Through our partnership with the state, NIC Vermont has been honored to provide citizens with efficient, interactive services focused on an exceptional government experience, We look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve state agencies and Vermont citizens for years to come.” -Kim Cuciti, general manager of NIC Vermont. NIC Vermont’s payment processing platform is one of many solutions in the suite of digital services available to the state of Vermont. In 2021 alone, NIC Vermont’s payment processing platform securely processed more than $55 million on behalf of the state. About Tyler Technologies and NIC: Acquired by Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL) on April 21, 2021, NIC is a leader in digital government solutions and payments, partnering with government to deliver user-friendly digital services that make it easier and more efficient to interact with government. NIC and Tyler are united in their mission to empower public sector entities to operate more efficiently and connect more transparently with their constituents and with each other. Tyler has more than 37,000 successful installations across more than 12,000 locations, with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and other international locations. Tyler has been recognized numerous times for growth and innovation, including Government Technology's GovTech 100 list and Forbes' "Most Innovative Growth Companies" list. More information about Tyler Technologies, an S&P 500 company headquartered in Plano, Texas, can be found at tylertech.com.

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QinetiQ US Completes Acquisition of Avantus Federal

Avantus Federal | November 24, 2022

Lorton, VA and McLean, VA – QinetiQ US, a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group plc, an integrated global defense and security company, announced today that it completed its acquisition of Avantus Federal (Avantus) from NewSpring Holdings for an enterprise value of $590 million. The combination of QinetiQ US and Avantus creates a unique platform to offer comprehensive mission-led innovation for the most sensitive and complex challenges intelligence, defense, homeland, civilian, and other government customers face today. This transaction was previously announced August 5, and the transition is expected to be seamless for customers, partners, and employees. This integration will combine QinetiQ’s leadership in robotics and autonomous systems, sensing, protection systems, and next-generation technology services with Avantus’ advantages in strategic planning, operations, and stakeholder collaboration in a host of government operations, including cyber, data, government facility, and outer space solutions. The combination will deliver mission-led innovation in hardware, software, and mission services to the growing needs of defense, intelligence, homeland security, and law enforcement organizations, along with civilian agencies in the United States and close-U.S. allied nations including the United Kingdom and Australia. “I am delighted that we have completed the acquisition of Avantus today – it is a strategic milestone in our five-year ambition to build an integrated global defence and security company, delivering innovation for our customers’ mission, This acquisition extends our customer base, strengthens our capabilities and builds scale in the largest defence and security market in the world. With a strong track record of 10%+ growth at attractive margins, Avantus is a brilliant strategic and cultural fit and positions us to meet the increasing mission-critical needs of our US defence and intelligence customers with agility and pace.” -Steve Wadey, Group Chief Executive Officer for QinetiQ Group plc. Andy Maner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avantus, said the combination with QinetiQ US is key to providing more opportunities and growth for our people and customers. We started this journey with our great partner, NewSpring Holdings, and now we’re taking a critical step forward that allows our collective team to leverage additional scale and investments across our world class talent, technology, and processes at a pivotal time in our market and geopolitical landscape. “We are thrilled to welcome our Avantus colleagues to QinetiQ US, Avantus’ elite talent, differentiated technology solutions, and dedication to mission complement our innovative culture. I am honored to lead a combined team that shares a focus on performance and a proven ability to be agile in impactful delivery at the speed of our customers’ missions.” QinetiQ is a leading science and engineering company dedicated to protecting lives and securing the vital interests of defense and security customers with distinctive offerings in experimentation and technology; cyber and information advantage; engineering services and support; robotics and autonomous systems; training and mission rehearsal; and, test and evaluation. This is complimented by the Avantus capabilities to leverage a strong consulting force to deliver technology, cyber, data, digital engineering and integration, intelligence analysis, and operations strategy and tactics to its clients, ensuring maximum efficiency and impact. -Shawn Purvis, President and Chief Executive Officer of QinetiQ US. About QinetiQ US: QinetiQ US is a leading defense and security company in the United States providing mission-led innovation at pace. QinetiQ US is a provider of technologically advanced services and products to the US Department of Defence and national security agencies, positioned to deliver key aspects of the modernization required to address our customers’ pivot to counter near peer adversaries. QinetiQ’s engineering services span the DoD and Intel community providing subject matter expertise in the areas of communications, sensor integration and research and development, survivability and unmanned ground combat systems. QinetiQ US operates as the U.S. arm of QinetiQ Group plc (QQ.LSE), an integrated global defense and security company focused on innovation for defense, security and civil customers. QinetiQ US employees are based predominantly in Virginia and Massachusetts and operate under a Special Security Agreement (SSA) with the U.S. Defence Counterintelligence & Security Agency (DCSA). QinetiQ US is creating new ways of protecting what matters most; testing technologies, systems, and processes to make sure they work as expected; and enabling customers to deploy new and enhanced-existing capabilities with the assurance they will deliver the outcomes required. About Avantus Federal: Avantus Federal is a mission-focused data, cyber, and space services and solutions company. As a mid-market powerhouse with an intentional blend of elite talent, infrastructure, and speed to impact, Avantus and its approximately 1,150 highly cleared professionals lead with technical and domain expertise for its Defence, Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Federal Civilian customers.

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