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Happy Independence Day from BENS

June 30, 2022

On this most American of holidays, we celebrate the birth of the greatest country on earth. The Declaration of Independence was an audacious statement in 1776, issued and adopted by…

Forging the Industrial Network the Nation Needs

June 24, 2022

Op-ed by General Joseph Votel and James Hondo Geurts The National Interest The might of the U.S. industrial base over the last eighty years has served the country well. The…

Congress of Vienna Redux: How the OSCE Can Foster Peace in Ukraine

June 4, 2022

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), like the Congress of Vienna before it, could help facilitate the creation of a new and more stable European security order.

A Message on Memorial Day 2022 from General Joseph Votel

May 27, 2022

This weekend marks the most solemn of our National Holidays – Memorial Day. It is a day we set aside to remember our fellow citizens who answered the call of…

China’s Real Challenge is Not Military

January 31, 2022

Vladimir Lenin is popularly believed to have said that “the capitalists will sell us the rope with which to hang them.” Whether he actually said it or not, the quote aptly fits the situation with China. Since 2016, Apple alone is reported to have invested $275 billion in China. All the world’s iPhones are Chinese-made. …

How Iran is Winning, One Attack at a Time. 

January 26, 2022

This week, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) issued a statement confirming that “U.S. forces at Al Dhafra Air Base, near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), engaged two inbound…

Semiconductor Supply Chain: Latest Updates

December 3, 2021

Read our Semiconductor Supply Chain info series for the latest details on the proposed US Innovation and Competition Act, the forecasted impacts of chip shortage to the global auto industry,…

Between Then and Now, They Did Not Die in Vain

September 9, 2021

Army Capt. Dan Whitten was a young West Point officer serving in Afghanistan when I met him for the first time. One of his friends noted that he was outgoing…

Evacuating is the Most Demanding Mission of 20 Years in Afghanistan

August 27, 2021

The images of the last two weeks have been riveting to many Americans, but especially to the nearly 800,000 U.S. veterans and service members who served in Afghanistan. No one…