AUKUS Discussion (Dallas)
February 21 @ 11:40 am - 1:30 pm EST
February 21 @ 11:40 am – 1:30 pm America/Dallas
Please join BENS members and guests in the Garden Room of Hotel Crescent Court on Wednesday, February 21st, for a luncheon discussion on the AUKUS agreement with the former US Naval Attache to Australia, Captain Matthew Ort, USN (Ret.). AUKUS is an acronym for the trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, announced on 15 September 2021 for the Indo-Pacific region. Under the pact, the US and the UK will assist Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines. The pact also includes cooperation on advanced cyber mechanisms, artificial intelligence and autonomy, quantum technologies, undersea capabilities, hypersonic and counter-hypersonic, electronic warfare, innovation and information sharing. The pact will focus on military capability, distinguishing it from the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance that also includes New Zealand and Canada.
Captain Matthew Ort, USN (Ret.) served at the United States Naval Attaché to Australia from 2019 to 2022. In this role, he served as the primary advisor on military and naval issues and policies in Australia to United States Ambassador, the Indo-Pacific Commander, the Pacific Fleet Commander, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Prior to that Captain Ort served as an SH-60B and SH-60R pilot completing sea tours in HSL-43, HSL-37, and commanded HSM-73. He also served as a flight instructor with HSL-41, the west coast Fleet Replacement Squadron for the SH-60B. Ashore, Captain Ort completed tours as the Air Operations Officer on the Sixth Fleet Staff in Naples, Italy, as an Operations Officer on The Joint Staff, and at the Naval Undersea Warfighting Development Center. Captain Ort is a graduate of Purdue University. He has earned an MBA from the Naval Post Graduate School and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport R.I.
Countering Human Trafficking (San Antonio)
Please join BENS members and guests Wednesday, March 6th, at Club Giraud for a luncheon discussion on countering human trafficking with Austin Shamlin of the Traverse Project. In a December 29, 2023, statement, the White House said more than 27 million people around the world endure the abhorrent abuse of human trafficking and forced labor, including thousands of people right here in the United States. It is a threat to global security, public safety, and human dignity. During National Human Trafficking…
Countering Human Trafficking (Houston)
Please join BENS members and guests Thursday, March 7th, at the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa for a luncheon discussion on countering human trafficking with Austin Shamlin of the Traverse Project. In a December 29, 2023, statement, the White House said more than 27 million people around the world endure the abhorrent abuse of human trafficking and forced labor, including thousands of people right here in the United States. It is a threat to global security, public safety, and human dignity.…
Discussion with Hiring Our Heroes
Since 2011, Hiring Our Heroes | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has worked to create meaningful employment opportunities for transitional service members, veterans, and military spouses. Developing the National Security Workforce continues to be a key priority of BENS work. By providing expertise on human capital strategy, recruitment, and retention we assist the national security community in securing the best talent America has to offer. This is a key opportunity to discuss how we can collaboratively support these workforce challenges.