US, China resume trade talks in Washington ahead of deadline

AP News | February 19, 2019

The United States and China resume talks Tuesday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike. The White House said that meetings between mid-level delegations will begin in Washington following talks last week in Beijing that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said “made headway” on key issues. On Thursday, Lighthizer will lead higher level talks, joined by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro.

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FedRAMP Data Security Authorization for InfoBlox’s BloxOne Threat Defense Federal Cloud

Infoblox | January 30, 2023

Leading cloud-first DNS management and security provider, Infoblox Inc., recently announced the U.S. Government FedRAMP Moderate Authorization for its BloxOne® Threat Defense Federal Cloud offering. This authorization allows organizations to operate their SaaS platforms with greater confidentiality, operational security, availability and integrity. The Infoblox BloxOne Threat Defense Federal Cloud is a part of BloxOne Threat Defense, which combines Cloud Services Portal (CSP), Dossier threat investigation platform, and Infoblox's Threat Intel Data Exchange (TIDE) to help public sector organizations scale and simplify security from the network core to the edge. Security analysts can investigate, and contextually rank threat events 3X faster with Infoblox's technology. Additionally, it gives them access to carefully curated and thorough threat intelligence, which they can incorporate into their current security technologies for network-wide protection. The U.S. Census Bureau sponsored the authorization. Infoblox team closely worked with FedRAMP Program Management Office to meet FedRAMP’s stringent guidelines for data security. The BloxOne Threat Defense Federal Cloud is compliant with FedRAMP’s security standards above the NIST SP 800-53 framework; this allows Infoblox to obtain digital transformation projects of federal agencies. Ralph Havens, President of Infloblox Federal, said, "Achieving FedRAMP authorization shows Infoblox's commitment to helping federal agencies digitally transform and secure cloud-first environments." He further added, "In reaching this significant milestone, we are delighted to now offer our federal customers a robust network security platform to augment our nation's cyber defenses against unrelenting security attacks from adversaries who wish to do us harm." (Source – CISION) About Infoblox Infoblox is a cloud-first networking and cybersecurity services provider. Its solutions enable businesses to make the most of their existing infrastructure investments and fully utilize the cloud to provide universally simple, scalable, and dependable network experiences. The Infoblox BloxOne® and NIOS systems are available on-premises and via SaaS, it lets operations teams standardize, accelerate and automate the delivery of cloud-native and data center network and security services from a single location.

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Linux Foundation and Rancher Government Solutions Partner to Support U.S. Government & Military Mission to Securely Modernize Tech

Rancher Government Solutions | November 23, 2022

Today, the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced it has partnered with Rancher Government Solutions https://www.ranchergovernment.com/, which is specifically designed to address the unique security and operational needs of the U.S. Government and military as it relates to application modernization, containers and Kubernetes. The partnership combines the expertise of the Linux Foundation, the world's leading resource for open source training and certifications, with the breadth and depth of RGS which is dedicated to helping the U.S. Government and military achieve its missions to securely modernize via the cloud using containers and Kubernetes all with a focus on DevSecOps. "Partnering with RGS to support the United States government in their adoption of open source through secure tools and training is critically important in these uncertain times, We could not be more proud to be working with RGS, whose focus on secure, open source tools and code – particularly Kubernetes and cloud-enabled DevSecOps – for the U.S. Government is mission critical." -Clyde Seepersad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Training & Certification, the Linux Foundation. The partnership will enable U.S. Government personnel, through their relation with RGS, to easily access the Linux Foundation's full catalog of nearly 100 training courses including courses focused on: Kubernetes DevSecOps/DevOps Cloud & Containers Personnel will also be able to easily enroll in certification exams for any of the standard setting cloud and open source certifications built by the Linux Foundation. The certifications cover a range of mission critical cloud and container exams, including: Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Certified Security Specialist (CKS) Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA) "The Linux Foundation's training and certification offerings are perfectly aligned to our core product and service offerings, Together we will be able to offer a single source for support, tools, training and certifications essential to the U.S. Government mission to securely modernize its tech infrastructure." -Don Poole, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Rancher Government Solutions. About The Linux Foundation: Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world's leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation's projects are critical to the world's infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more. The Linux Foundation's methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. About Rancher Government Solutions: Rancher Government Solutions, a SUSE company, is specifically designed to address the unique security and operational needs of the U.S. Government and military as it relates to application modernization, containers and Kubernetes. Rancher allows Government customers to deploy containerized applications on multiple Kubernetes clusters from the data center to the cloud to the edge and unites them with centralized authentication, access control and advanced observability. RGS supports all Rancher open source products with U.S. based American citizens with the highest security clearances who are currently working on programs across the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and civilian agencies.

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U.S. Department of Defense Awards $50 Million Contract to Kodiak Robotics for Autonomous U.S. Army Ground Reconnaissance Vehicles

Kodiak Robotics | December 07, 2022

Kodiak Robotics, Inc., a leading self-driving trucking company, today announced it has been awarded a $49.9 million, 24-month United States Department of Defense (DoD) agreement to help automate future U.S. Army ground vehicles led by the Army's Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) program. This effort will be in support of vehicles designed for reconnaissance, surveillance, and other high-risk missions. Through this award, which started in October 2022 and was awarded by DoD's Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) on behalf of the Army's RCV program office, Kodiak will leverage its commercial self-driving software to develop, test and deploy autonomous capabilities for driverless vehicles that further strengthen national security. Kodiak will develop autonomous vehicle technology for the Army to navigate complex terrain, diverse operational conditions and GPS-challenged environments, while also providing the Army the ability to remotely operate vehicles when necessary. Wartime is extraordinarily complex with high-risk challenges that often result in troops operating near or behind enemy lines. Deploying autonomous vehicles to perform such critical and dangerous tasks has the potential to significantly reduce the risk to troops, while giving them greater access to the information they need in the field. Additionally, the remote driving capabilities Kodiak will develop for the Army will increase the flexibility of these autonomous vehicles, while further reducing risk for soldiers. The project will also provide a technical pipeline that will enable the rapid development and deployment of new autonomous vehicle technologies as they become commercially available. "I started Kodiak because I believe autonomous technology can save lives, and helping the U.S. Army develop driverless vehicles for the most challenging operating environments fits perfectly with that goal, We are proud to have the opportunity to leverage our cutting-edge self-driving technology for defense applications, and believe our work with DIU and the U.S. Army will both help strengthen national security and hasten our path to commercial deployment. We owe a debt of gratitude to the servicemen and women who step into harm's way to keep us safe; keeping them safe in return is an honor we take seriously." -Don Burnette, founder and CEO, Kodiak Robotics. Kodiak Robotics was the only autonomous vehicle company initially selected for this award out of 33 submissions, thanks to its proven leadership in autonomous systems development and commercialization, as well as its intense focus on safety. In the first year of this effort, Kodiak will build upon its core competency by applying its robust autonomous software stack for Army specific use cases, including future Army vehicles. In year two, the company will implement its autonomous driving system on off-road vehicles capable of traversing complex terrain and operating remotely in unpredictable and austere conditions. DIU focuses exclusively on adopting and scaling technologies developed by commercial partners to help strengthen U.S. national security by solving critical field challenges faced by the U.S. military. DIU works to identify innovations in six key technology areas where the commercial sector is operating at the leading edge: artificial intelligence, autonomy, cyber, energy, human systems, and space. While Kodiak Robotics will continue to focus on its core business of building autonomous trucks for use in commercial applications, this project serves as an important extension that helps to propel its innovations forward. This project shows that Kodiak's core technology has multiple use cases, laying the groundwork for future expansion beyond long-haul trucking. About Kodiak Robotics, Inc: Kodiak Robotics, Inc. was founded in 2018 to develop autonomous technology that carries freight forward — so people, partners, and the planet thrive. The company is developing an industry-leading technology stack purpose-built specifically for long-haul trucks, making the freight industry safer and more efficient. Kodiak's unique modular hardware approach integrates sensors into a streamlined sensor-pod structure that optimizes for perception, scalability, and maintainability. The company delivers freight daily for its customers across the South, operating autonomously on the highway portions of the routes.

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