Trump administration, Congress agree on spending levels: Mnuchin

Reuters | July 18, 2019

Trump administration, Congress agree on spending levels: Mnuchin
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that the Trump administration and congressional leaders have agreed on broad spending levels for the next two fiscal years, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would not confirm there was a deal. Mnuchin said he hoped Congress could pass a comprehensive spending package including a debt limit hike before lawmakers August recess to avoid cash flow problems that could begin in early September.

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Brexit negotiations are entering the end game. Over the next few months, the Government must conclude a withdrawal agreement with the European Union (EU) before seeking approval from Parliament in the form of a motion – the so-called ‘meaningful vote’ – on the deal. Only if both these challenges are met, legislation is passed to give effect to the agreement and both the UK and European Parliaments ratify the withdrawal treaty, will the UK leave the EU on 29 March 2019 in an orderly manner and with a transition in place.

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The Open Group Collaborates With International Telecommunication Union to Develop Digital Government Strategies

The Open Group | November 24, 2020

Today, The Open Group, the seller unbiased innovation consortium, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations office for data and correspondence advancements (ICTs), reported a joint effort to quicken public assistance development and change for better resident results and ideal use of ICT foundation. By cooperating, The Open Group and ITU will intend to advance, guide, and assemble abilities for digital government strategies and resident driven Enterprise Architecture (EA) over the globe. “Never before have digital public services had such a profound impact on the lives of citizens around the world,” said ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao. “With this partnership with The Open Group, ITU is redoubling its efforts to help governments everywhere accelerate the deployment and scaling up of impactful citizen-centric digital solutions in support of economic recovery and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” With the important direction and materials, asset compelled nations will be better positioned to change over digital strategies into implementable enormous scope frameworks. Thusly, the vital partnership among ITU and The Open Group will fill the hole between digital speculations and best practice engineering approaches for the accomplishment of the SDGs. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of ITU stated: "The utilization of digital arrangements and innovations to upscale digital public administrations is crucial for supporting the reaction to, and recuperation from, the COVID-19 pandemic. With regards to planning, executing, and turning out digital public administrations at scale, embracing building approaches is critical. EA permits governments to address the issues of areas with differing prerequisites, while simultaneously encourage the authoritative change measure and the modernization of government administrations overall. Close by The Open Group, we can make the instruments and direction required for nations to put an EA approach vigorously." The work embraced as a feature of the coordinated effort will be executed by The Open Group Government EA Work Group. The Work Group will develop measures that empower consistent data stream across different government environments, making existing EA assets – including guides, structures, use cases, and philosophies – simpler to utilize and accessible to all. Through giving admittance to these assets, both The Open Group and ITU will assist governments with building the abilities expected to execute design approaches at scale, in light of their nation explicit necessities. Steve Nunn, President and CEO of The Open Group, commented: “The Open Group is proud to collaborate with ITU to transform digital public services and, ultimately, enhance the experience for millions of citizens across the globe. It is evident that the countries able to yield the best outcomes from digital investments are those that have created and adopted a fit-for-purpose digital government EA. This is why, together with ITU, we will strive to democratize the use of methodologies and tools required to establish future-proofed digital architectures and infrastructures, particularly for countries with limited resources.” About The Open Group The Open Group is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. Our diverse membership of more than 800 organizations includes customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators, academics, and consultants across multiple industries.

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Hadean's Web 3.0 Tech to Power Ministry of Defence Project

Hadean | November 25, 2021

Web 3.0 start up, Hadean, today announce they have successfully secured a project with the MoD's Defence and Security Accelerator. Providing a joint solution along with Cervus, they will be working with British Army's Headquarters' Futures Team over the next 12 months to deliver "The Forge". The decision support system uses a number of emerging distributed and spatial web technologies designed to solve DASA's 'Simulating Future Battlespace Complexity' challenge. This joint venture speaks volumes to the power of true innovation that occurs within smaller companies. Increasingly complex battlespaces and new forms of threat require a data-driven approach for analysing scenarios to provide the optimal decision, but a number of incumbent processes remain inefficient. Often decisions are made through lengthy deliberations between various experts. These conversations may involve compromises, counter arguments and often subjective viewpoints. The nature of this process results in a slow to action organisations that can miss key deadlines and risk serious negative outcomes. The Forge looks to automate this process using a combination of new web 3.0 technologies. At the foundations, the Hadean Platform delivers the high demand computation in order to sufficiently power the parallelised simulations. It does this through a distributed cloud solution that offers invariant scalability across any on premise, cloud or edge environment. On the front end, these simulations are realised by Cervus and then run through their analytics engine. "Defence is undergoing an infrastructural uprooting in the shape of distributed computing and web 3.0 technologies. This joint contract between Cervus and Hadean with the MoD demonstrates a commitment to digitalisation in order to gain the technological upperhand by leveraging our combined solutions. In the same way that social interaction is changing in the form of the metaverse, single synthetic environments for the military are becoming more complex and immersive. Additionally, our platforms are enabling in depth analysis of defence scenarios, providing real time decision support to decision makers. Hadean's scalability provides the compute power necessary for these demanding applications." Hadean CEO, Craig Beddis Alan Roan, MD of Cervus.ai, said "Cervus are immensely proud to be working with our partners at Hadean. The compute power needed to run multiple simulations to quickly examine different courses of action has limited the way we deliver decision support to date. Integrating our analytics engine, Hive 2.0, with MAK and Antycip's world class simulation products and Hadean's distributed computing platform, will significantly reduce the associated costs and increase the speed of wargaming and experimentation. We also recognise training and operation applications in this capability, similar to those which we recently demonstrated at the recent Army Warfighting Experiment 21 and we look forward to prototyping at pace, alongside the British Army, supported by the excellent DASA team." Introducing The Forge The Forge is a three pronged approach to delivering operational insights: Top down – from policy or operational drivers (planned capability/architectural innovation) Bottom-up – from lessons learnt and capability gaps (contingent improvement/incremental innovation) Solution-led – from technology opportunities, COTS/MOTS, or politically driven decisions(opportunity exploitation/ disruptive innovation) It creates powerful, workable solutions by: Developing and testing innovative solutions to pressing strategic issues, capability gaps and operational optimisation. Injecting agility into the strategic decision cycle, enabling continuous testing of concepts, and the rapid development of capabilities and doctrine Enabling effective outcomes to avoid technology shock, counter adversary and reduce operational risk across the breadth of operations At a foundational level, the distributed cloud platform provided by Hadean does the computational 'heavy lifting', running and orchestrating simulations and interaction between them. Together with Cervus, Hadean's technologies deliver a more automated approach that is currently defining emerging trends in IT. This project will further bolster the significance of web 3.0 technologies, across verticals and, demonstrates the Ministry of Defence's commitment to innovation, and working with disruptive organisations. About Hadean Founded in 2015, Hadean are a venture backed startup, reimagining distributed, spatial and scalable computing for web 3.0 and the metaverse. The distributed cloud platform provides the foundations of web 3.0 applications for the metaverse, enterprise organisations and the defence sector. Customers include CAE, Microsoft, Minecraft, the Francis Crick Institute and Cervus.

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Canadian Federal Government Awarded Google Cloud For Framework Agreement to Secure Cloud Services

Google | October 23, 2020

Google Cloud announced today that it has secured a Framework Agreement for Secure Cloud from the Canadian federal government. This agreement now enables Google Cloud to directly sell innovative cloud platform and collaboration technologies to federal agencies, helping them digitally transform and better serve their communities and constituents. To secure this framework, Google Cloud was assessed by the Canadian federal government against all relevant security, privacy, and usability standards. While Google Cloud already works with several Canadian federal government agencies, the new agreement will permit Google Cloud to better support a wide range of federal departments, agencies, and crown corporations.

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Brexit negotiations are entering the end game. Over the next few months, the Government must conclude a withdrawal agreement with the European Union (EU) before seeking approval from Parliament in the form of a motion – the so-called ‘meaningful vote’ – on the deal. Only if both these challenges are met, legislation is passed to give effect to the agreement and both the UK and European Parliaments ratify the withdrawal treaty, will the UK leave the EU on 29 March 2019 in an orderly manner and with a transition in place.