Trump’s Appointed NASA Administrator Invites Racist & Sanctioned Russian To USA

NASA | January 01, 2019

Trump’s Appointed NASA Administrator Invites Racist & Sanctioned Russian To USA
A Trump administration official’s plan to host a sanctioned Russian nationalist in the U.S. in the coming months is raising alarms across Washington. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, a former three-term Republican congressman from Oklahoma, extended an October invitation for his counterpart, Dmitry Rogozin, to visit NASA headquarters in Houston in early 2019. Rogozin is an ultranationalist politician with a record of stark racism and homophobia who is under American sanctions, which typically bar him from entering the U.S. over his 2014 role, as deputy prime minister, in Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

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US President Trump’s renewed emphasis on sovereignty and national interests requires Europe to take (more) responsibility for its own security and defense. This Report examines the consequences of the new transatlantic relationship for Europe in a broad sense, focusing on the impact of the EU’s new commitment to strategic autonomy on NATO. It suggests that the Trump administration will become increasingly disinterested in continuing to fulfill the role of the “benign hegemon” supporting global institutions and that this will have major implications for Europe’s security framework.

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Infor | October 11, 2021

Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced it has launched Infor Public Sector, a dedicated multi-tenant cloud offering for the UK public sector. The solution combines Infor CloudSuite Public Sector, Financials and Supply Chain Management (FSCM), Infor People Solutions (HR & Talent) with the dedicated public sector enterprise asset management capabilities of Infor Hansen, all of which run on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Infor Public Sector will ensure that local and central government and arms-length bodies remain on the most up-to-date software releases to provide robust, secure and easily managed services. To ensure compliance with the applicable data residency regulations, Infor Public Sector can be deployed via AWS in London. As part of the offering, Infor will build on more than two decades of experience with UK public sector organizations such as South West Water, Borders College, London Fire Brigade and Viewpoint Housing; and many global customers including the City of Coral Gables in Florida, US, Ras Al Khaimah Wastewater Agency (RAKWA) in UAE, and the City of Franklin in Tennessee, USA. "Through the pandemic, cloud technology has proven to be an essential enabler for remote working across the public sector. The opportunity to replace cumbersome, frequently insecure, on-premises applications and expensive datacenters that demand a lot of management makes for an immediately attractive option. Now Infor can offer the UK public sector the ability to stay up-to-date and secure, keeping data on UK shores, whilst delivering highly relevant proven functionality, as well as multi-tenant options that open the possibility of shared services. And all of this is backed by our knowledge in addressing public sector challenges from across the globe. This makes for an incredibly compelling business case throughout both local and central governments." Anwen Robinson, Infor senior vice president and general manager for the UK & Ireland "Our public sector customers; from local and central government, blue light services and education are all having to deal with further budgetary constraints since the Covid pandemic but are still looking for industry-leading solutions that offer real value," said Jay Parekh, FifthQuadrant partner. "FifthQuadrant's expertise comes from years of supporting clients through complex organisational challenges, and this is now matched by Infor Public Sector's robust and secure software, with critical functionality available straight out-of-the-box." About Infor Infor is a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry. Providing mission-critical enterprise applications to 65,000 customers in more than 175 countries, Infor software is designed to deliver more value and less risk, with more sustainable operational advantages. We empower our 17,000 employees to leverage their deep industry expertise and use data-driven insights to create, learn and adapt quickly to solve emerging business and industry challenges. Infor is committed to providing our customers with modern tools to transform their business and accelerate their own path to innovation. About FifthQuadrant FifthQuadrant partners with customers across the globe to help them successfully deliver complex change programmes. By aligning the changes required to processes, systems and data, FifthQuadrant's "delivering differently" approach supports organizations to adapt, change and innovate through cloud-based solutions.

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US President Trump’s renewed emphasis on sovereignty and national interests requires Europe to take (more) responsibility for its own security and defense. This Report examines the consequences of the new transatlantic relationship for Europe in a broad sense, focusing on the impact of the EU’s new commitment to strategic autonomy on NATO. It suggests that the Trump administration will become increasingly disinterested in continuing to fulfill the role of the “benign hegemon” supporting global institutions and that this will have major implications for Europe’s security framework.