December 18 2022

BENS Executive Brief
December 18, 2022 

   
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Rise of Open-Source Intelligence Tests U.S. Spies

Rise of Open-Source Intelligence Tests U.S. Spies

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BENS EVENT RECAP
   

BENS SE hosted their annual Holiday Social

On Thursday, December 8th, at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta. With 50 in attendance, the largest gathering since COVID, the evening was filled with great conversations, reconnections, great food, and a wonderful time being together.

   

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On Saturday, December 10th, BENS NY hosted an Army-Navy Game watch party in midtown Manhattan with NY Council Navy League.

   
PODCASTS
   

Lieutenant General Michael Groen, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Michael Groen, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), former Commander, DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

In this week’s episode of Building the Base, BENS hosts Hondo Geurts and Lauren Bedula interview Lieutenant General Michael Groen, USMC (Ret.) to discuss the future of the defense industrial network. General Groen emphasizes the need for consistent collaboration between our nation’s warfighters and those who are developing innovative technologies. To that end, the DoD must experience a cultural transition by acting in partnership across not only the public and private sectors, but also the varying branches of service.

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MEMBER SUBMITTED

Opinions expressed in the Executive Brief are those of the authors and do not represent policy positions of BENS.

   

Evil Clowns and Cowardly Lions

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Submitted by Josh Weston

Evil Clowns and Cowardly Lions

   

Cause of Death: Washington Faltered as Fentanyl Gripped America

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Submitted by Mary Boies

Washington Faltered as Fentanyl

   

Vision 2035: Global Response in the Age of Precision Munitions

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Submitted by Ramon Marks

Precision Munitions

   

– PROJECTS CORNER –

 

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This past Friday, the BENS Special Working Group on Workforce Development hosted a meeting to celebrate its one-year anniversary. Co-chairs and BENS members Scott Drach and George Graffy reviewed the Working Group’s efforts over the past year including roundtables with Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Marshals Service and a speaker series on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with public and private sector leaders.

 
ADVISORIES AND EXTERNAL EVENTS
   

PRESS RELEASE | HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

 

House Intelligence Committee Releases COVID-19 Report

House Intelligence Committee Releases COVID-19 Report, Makes Recommendations for Future Pandemic Preparedness

On December 15, the House Intelligence Committee released a declassified report examining the Intelligence Community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic following a two-year investigation.

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE REPORT | DECEMBER 14, 2022

 

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Southcom Capitalizes on Interagency Cooperation

For the Defense Department, Southcom is an economy of force mission. This mission is based on the principle of employing combat power in the most effective way possible and allocating smaller forces and resources to secondary efforts.

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THE WEEK’S BEST READS
   

America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Runs Through Ukraine (War on the Rocks)

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Another Continuing Resolution? The Enemy is Us (Breaking Defense)

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Clean Energy and Strategic Competition in the Indo-Pacific (The National Interest)

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Coming Soon: DIA’s New Strategy for AI Readiness (Breaking Defense)

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Can Fusion Solve the Climate Crisis? (New York Times)

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Quantum-Ready Workforce Tops White House, Scientists’ List of Needs (FedScoop)

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Let’s Make It Easier to Share Top-Secret Data With Allies, Intel Leader Says (Defense One)

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Cloud-Friendly Air Force Has Eyes on Pentagon’s JWCC Contract (C4ISRNET)

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U.S. Widens Ban on Military and Surveillance Tech Sales to China (The Washington Post)

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Navy’s Digital Horizon Exercise Showcases Power of ‘Mesh Networks,’ AI (C4ISRNET)

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BENS EVENTS
   
Patty-Jane Geller

Multiple Dates, Locations
BENS Texas luncheon discussion on America’s Nuclear Triad with Patty-Jane Geller, Senior Policy Analyst for Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Defense.

REGISTER / January 18, Dallas

REGISTER / January 19, Austin

REGISTER / March 8, Houston

REGISTER / March 9, San Antonio

   
Brig Gen Tom Cosentino

January 19 | Southeast
A BENS 2023 Look Ahead with BENS Chief Operating Officer, Brig. Gen. Tom Cosentino, US Army (ret.).

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Multiple Dates, Locations
BENS Texas luncheon discussions on China and the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party with Col Heino Klinck, USA (Ret.), Senior Associate, CSIS, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia.

REGISTER / January 24, San Antonio

REGISTER / January 25, Houston

   
   

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