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BENS Executive Brief
February 19, 2023 

   
     
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Washington’s China Hawks Take Flight – The Story of How Decades of U.S. Engagement with China Gave Way to Estrangement

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MEMBER NEWS
   

 BENS member Brig. Gen. Rob Palmer

BENS Member Brigadier General Rob Palmer

BENS member Brigadier General Rob Palmer retired from the Air Force Reserve after 34.5 years of service on February 3rd. Maj. Gen. Ed Thomas, Commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service, presided over the ceremony in Mark Clark Hall on the campus of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.

   

 Daniel Kurtenbach

BENS Member Daniel Kurtenbach

The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue has appointed BENS member Daniel Kurtenbach as its first Chief Growth Officer. Mr. Kurtenbach joins the Institute from DataRobot, where he served as Director of the company’s defense and intelligence portfolio.

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BENS EVENT RECAP
   

D.C. Metro Members visited the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

Washington D.C. Metro Members Tour Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

On February 8, 2023, BENS Washington D.C. Metro Members visited the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Innovation Lab for exposure of relevant threats, innovative solutions, and an enhanced awareness of their mission.

   
PODCASTS
   

Frank Finelli - Episode 21

Frank Finelli, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

In Episode 21 of the BENS’ Building the Base podcast Mr. Finelli’s varied experiences in the military, on Capitol Hill, and in the private sector have given him a unique lens through which to view the future industrial network and a thorough grasp of the processes of the industrial base. He emphasizes the constraints the DoD is under due to its extensive Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process.

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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.

   

Republicans Aim at Pentagon Civilian Worforce to Curb Spending

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Submitted by Ramon Marks

Pentagon Civilian Workforce

   

“Significantly Degraded” Russian Force is Adapting After Losses

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Submitted by Ed Hochman

Russian Force is Adapting after Losses

   

Federal Hiring Outpaces Departures

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Submitted by Scott Drach

Federal Hiring

   

Like It or Not, the U.S. Is in a Nuclear Arms Race with China

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Submitted by Dr. Roger Shedlin

Nuclear Arms Race with China

   

– PROJECTS CORNER –

 

Policy-Corner

A question from the BENS Programs Team: Are you familiar with designerly thinking or ‘wicked problems’ methodology? BENS may have an opportunity to assist a government partner with defining, analyzing, and measuring how to address a complex issue in their Agency. We’d welcome an opportunity to learn more and hear your insights.

Please contact James Whitaker (jwhitaker@bens.org) for more information.

 
ADVISORIES AND EXTERNAL EVENTS
   

Report on Deflating China’s Aggression

Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI) Report: Deflating China’s Aggression

The recent Chinese violation of U.S. airspace and territorial integrity by directing a surveillance balloon over almost the entire length of the continental United States is the latest example of China’s aggressive actions against the international rules-based order.

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THE WEEK’S BEST READS
   

‘Reimagining How We Fight’: SASC Chairman Details 4 Priorities for Coming Year (Breaking Defense)

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Ensuring America Wins the Technology Innovation Race Against China (Washington Times)

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Defense Management Institute Looks to Centralize Unwieldy DoD Management (Federal News Network)

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NSA Woos Laid-Off Tech Workers (Defense One)

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The Navy’s Very Expensive Mistake – The New York Times (New York Times)

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It’s Time to Recognize Sustainment as a Strategic Imperative (War on the Rocks)

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Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Frances F. Townsend and and Michael J. Morell Op-ed: Ensuring America Wins Tech Innovation Race Against China (Washington Times)

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The Pentagon Saw a Warship Boondoggle. Congress Saw Jobs (New York Times)

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Keeping New Start Alive is Vital for the World’s Nuclear Future (Financial Times)

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FBI’s Christopher Wray Wants Business to Help Fight China, Cyber Threats (Wall Street Journal)

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Japan’s Strategic Imperative (The Strategist)

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BENS EVENTS
   
Jared Isaacman

February 21 | Virtual Event: Microsoft Teams
Please join BENS President and CEO, retired Army General Joseph Votel, as he hosts a virtual discussion with BENS New York member Jared Isaacman, CEO of Shift4 on upcoming space mission Polaris Dawn.

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Brian Murphy - DHS

Multiple Dates, Locations: Discussion on Information Warfare
Please join BENS members and guests for a luncheon discussion on information warfare with Brian Murphy, former Acting Under Secretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security, and currently Vice President for Strategic Operations at Logically.

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BENS Member John King

February 23 | Southeast
Lunch discussion with Major General John King, USANG

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Sam Meek - Timothy Barrett

February 23 | Washington, D.C.
Please join D.C. Member Sam Meek, CEO & Co-Founder, Sandboxx for a coffee/breakfast discussion with Assistant DNI, Strategic Communications, Timothy Barrett. In this discussion, we will focus on strategic communication and information challenges for the intelligence community.

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General John “Jay” Raymond, USSF (Ret.)

March 7 | Washington, D.C.
Discussion with General John “Jay” Raymond, USSF (Ret.)

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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.

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Blue Ridge Grill

March 23 | Southeast
Please join us for “BENS Southeast Spring 2023 Dinning Out.”

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