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BENS Executive Brief
December 4, 2022 

   
Forging the Defense Industrial Base for the Digital Age

Forging the Defense Industrial Base for the Digital Age

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MEMBER NEWS
   

 BENS Member Shaun Modi

BENS Member Shaun Modi

Capitol, a health care data AI startup led by former Airbnb design lead and BENS member, Shaun Modi, tells Axios that it’s raised $10 million in seed funding led by 468 Capital.

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 Pete Dordal President GardaWorld

BENS Board Member Pete Dordal

Crisis24, a GardaWorld company championed by BENS Board member Pete Dordal as President, announced it is the recipient of two Platinum 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards from American Security Today for its innovative security solutions. Crisis24 was selected for its leading Actionable Risk Management Methodology and Crisis Management Solutions.

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 Hank Greenberg

BENS Member Hank Greenberg

A few days before Mr. Xi’s summit with President Biden, Beijing dispatched a delegation of senior policy advisers and business executives to New York to meet with a U.S. counterpart group set up by BENS member Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, one of the most successful American businessmen in China.

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BENS EVENT RECAP
   

General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau

On November 21st, General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, visited BENS Members in Chicago. GEN Hokanson discussed that with long-term and multiple deployments to combat theaters since the terror attacks of 9/11, Guardsmen and women have tirelessly served on the front lines at both home and abroad. They have helped evacuate and resettle Afghan refugees, vaccinated millions of Americans, and are training members of Ukraine’s armed forces in Germany while providing them materiel support as well…all while responding to persistent, record-breaking natural disasters in states around the US.

   

BENS Miami Trip

On November 14-16th, a BENS delegation visited USCG District7 and HSI Miami.

   
PODCASTS
   

The Honorable Ellen M. Lord, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

The Honorable Ellen M. Lord, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

In this week’s episode of Building the Base, Hondo and Lauren join The Honorable Ellen M. Lord, former Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, to discuss the future of the defense industrial network. Ellen emphasizes that commercial technology is becoming increasingly important to the warfighter. To that end, the DoD must have the capability to immediately grant a contract when they find a technology that fits a critical need.

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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.

   

The Palestinian Authority is Falling Apart

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Submitted by Raphael Benaroya

The Palestinian Authority is falling apart

   

The Biden’s Dirty Oil Deal with Venezuela

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Submitted by Jim Smith

Biden’s Dirty Oil Deal With Venezuela

   

U.S. Looks to Buy Private Icebreaker to Help Patrol Contested Arctic

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Submitted by Ramon Marks

U.S. Looks to Buy Private Icebreaker to Help Patrol Contested Arctic

   

RIMS Urges Federal Backstop for Catastrophic Cyber Incidents

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Submitted by Bruce de’Medici

RIMS urges federal backstop for catastrophic cyber incidents

   

– PROJECTS CORNER –

 
Policy Corner - December 4

This week, BENS members supported a workshop led by the Navy’s Tactical Advancements for the Next Generation (TANG) initiative, involved stakeholders from across the Navy. BENS members supported the discussion by bringing both subject matter expertise and a business perspective to the table. BENS is continuing engagement with the U.S. Navy on its maintenance modernization initiative and hopes to provide more opportunities to contribute to this important effort.

 
ADVISORIES AND EXTERNAL EVENTS
   

WEBINAR | DECEMBER 7, 2022

 
Crisis24 Annual Global Risk Forecast 2023: A Look Beyond the Horizon

Crisis24 Annual Global Risk Forecast 2023: A Look Beyond the Horizon

Global risk intelligence leaders will host a webinar on Wednesday, December 7 that highlights Crisis24’s subject matter expertise with an in-depth analysis of key trends and events most likely to disrupt operations in the next 6-12 months.

REGISTER / 7:00AM EST

REGISTER / 11:00AM EST

 

JOINT CYBER SECURITY ADVISORY

 

Iranian Government-Sponsored APT Actors Compromise Federal Network

Iranian Government-Sponsored APT Actors Compromise Federal Network, Deploy Crypto Miner, Credential Harvester

CISA and FBI are releasing this Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) providing the suspected Iranian government-sponsored actors’ tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and indicators of compromise (IOCs) to help network defenders detect and protect against related compromises.

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NATIONAL TERRORISM ADVISORY SYSTEM BULLETIN

 

NTAS Bulletin EMB Nov2022

Summary of the Terrorism Threat to the United States

This NTAS Bulletin provides the public with information about the threat landscape facing the United States, how to stay safe, and resources and tools to help prevent an individual’s radicalization to violence. The public should report any suspicious activity or threats of violence to local law enforcement, FBI Field Offices, or a local Fusion.

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THE WEEK’S BEST READS
   

Navy Hopes New Funding Model Can Cut Sub Maintenance Delays By 2026 (Navy Times)

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Department of Defense Releases Zero Trust Strategy Roadmap (US DoD)

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The Pentagon’s Lead Intelligence Agency Has an HR Problem (Defense One)

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The Kadena Conundrum: Developing a Resilient Indo-Pacific Posture (War on the Rocks)

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The Pentagon Can’t Count: It’s Time to Reinvent the Audit (War on the Rocks) Authored by BENS Member Steve Blanks

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China Military Power Report Examines Changes in Beijing’s Strategy (US DoD)

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The 2022 China Military Power Report lays out the challenges facing the United States military as it works to manage relations with the emerging superpower.

   

It’s the Defense Industrial Base, Stupid (The Hill)

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Fearing Sabotage, Europe Patrols Pipelines with Mine Hunters and Unmanned Subs (Wall Street Journal)

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Here’s the New Marine Corps Strategy for Training Future Troops (Defense News)

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Preliminary Lessons in Conventional Warfighting from Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: February – July 2022 (Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies)

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BENS EVENTS
   
The Honorable William J. Walker, Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives

December 5 | Washington, DC
A Conversation with The Honorable William J. Walker, Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives.

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Lt Gen Dagvin Anderson

December 7 | Washington, DC
A conversation with Lt. Gen. Dagvin “Dag’” Anderson, the Director for Joint Force Development (J7). Dag and his team support the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in advancing the operational effectiveness of the current and future joint force across six functional areas: Doctrine, Education, Concept Development & Experimentation, Training, Exercises, and Lessons Learned.

NOTE: We will utilize a hybrid model for this session, with Lt. Gen. Anderson coming to the DC Office.

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Southeast Holiday Social 2022

December 8 | Southeast
Join us for a festive evening with friends at our Annual Southeast Holiday Social.

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Army-Navy Game Watch Party

December 10 | New York, NY
Please join BENS NY Metro and our partners the New York Council Navy League for our inaugural “Army-Navy Game Watch Party” at Stout Grand Central. Families and guests are welcome and encouraged.

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Dr Timofiy Mylovanov

December 13 | Virtual (Members Only)
Virtual (Members Only) discussion with Dr. Tymofiy Mylovanov, the Former Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture to discuss the Ukraine’s other frontline – It’s Economy.

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DC Holiday Open House

December 13 | Holiday Open House
Join us to put some jingle in your jangle! Finalizing 40 years of festive fun with the return of BENS’ DC Holiday Open House, we are looking forward to an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, bubbly beverages, and captivating conversations!

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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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