Afternoon Coffee: ‘Transforming Direct Procurement’ webinar tomorrow; Oil & gas pipelines hit legal roadblocks


Don’t miss a free webinar tomorrow, Thursday, October 10 at 9:00 CT / 10:00 am ET in which experts from GEP and Spend Matters assess the current state of direct procurement and discuss the new opportunities afforded to it by digital transformation, according to the registration page.

The speakers will cover a number of items on the webinar, including the potential impacts, individually and collectively, of new and emerging technologies; the new capabilities being created by AI, machine learning, robotics and automation; and how a digitally transformed direct procurement function will work differently with other enterprise functions.

Register for the webinar right here.

Fast-tracking of U.S. energy projects hits roadblocks

All three energy projects fast-tracked by the Trump administration are now stalled because of successful legal challenges by environmental groups. Those groups have alleged the government did not apply the necessary regulatory scrutiny as per the law. Two giant gas pipelines — Dominion Energy Inc.’s Atlantic Coast and EQM Midstream Partners LP’s Mountain Valley — have been forced to hike their cost estimates by hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the companies, reports Reuters.

Exostar and Fujitsu partner up on global supply chain cybersecurity

Exostar has announced an agreement with Japanese company Fujitsu Limited to secure the controlled unclassified information (CUI) exchanged by companies throughout the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)’s global supply chain, according to the release. The solutions will allow Japanese companies that participate in the DoD supply chain to meet the security requirements for accessing and handling CUI found in a special publication of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the release stated.

Taiwan officials ask for U.S. logistics support

Vice Minister of National Defense Chang Guan-chung has requested the U.S. to provide Taipei with long-term logistics support along with the sale of arms to bolster its defense capabilities, reports the Taipei Times.

“We expect that our arms acquisition will not be limited to the weapons themselves, but will include long-term logistic support,” the vice minister told the U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference in Maryland on Monday, according to the paper.

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