February 5 2023

BENS Executive Brief
February 5, 2023 

   
     
U.S. Military Downs Chinese Balloon Over Atlantic Ocean

U.S. Military Downs Chinese Balloon Over Atlantic Ocean

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MEMBER NEWS
   

 John Ustica

BENS Member John Ustica

BENS member John Ustica, President & CEO, Siemens Government Technologies is a recipient of the Wash100 Award. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic’s organizational and editorial leadership.

   

 Jonathan Evans

BENS Member Jonathan Evans

General Motors announced it will make a $650 million equity investment into Lithium Americas where BENS member Johnathan Evans is President & CEO to develop the Thacker Pass mine in Nevada to produce material needed for its electric vehicles.

   

 Joe DePinto - Member News

BENS Member Joe DePinto

Texas CEO Magazine sat down with BENS board member Joe DePinto, CEO 7-Eleven, to talk about his leadership style, successes, challenges, where the company has been, and where it is headed.

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BENS WASHINGTON D.C. WELCOMES ITS NEWEST MEMBERS    

 David Soldow

David Soldow, Advisor, McKinsey & Company’s Defense and Security Practice

Dave Soldow, Advisor, McKinsey’s Defense and Security Practice, leading outreach, integration, and execution for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Joint Staff, Combat Support Agencies, Combatant Commanders, Service staffs, and the Intelligence Community. Dave has nearly 30 years of experience operating at the highest levels of the most complex and complicated organizations in defense.

   

 DR Joseph Nemec

Dr. Joseph Nemec, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Dr. Joseph Nemec, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, a deeply experienced cyber and technology executive with 20+ years proven success in both line management and independent advisory roles operating at the highest levels of both the private sector (financial services, management consulting) and the U.S. intelligence community.

   
BENS EVENT RECAP
   

Salvatore Ferragamo - SE

BENS Southeast Winter Dining Out

BENS Southeast Region hosted the Winter BENS Dining Out on Friday, January 27th, 2023 at Antica Posta in Atlanta, GA. The guest of honor was Mr. Salvatore Ferragamo, Jr. who spoke to over 40 BENS members and guests about the Ferragamo family vineyards.

   

Rear ADM Jennifer Couture

BENS Chicago Hosts Rear Admiral Jennifer Couture

Chicago BENS members met over breakfast with Rear Admiral Jennifer Couture, Commander for Naval Service Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. The group discussed a wide range of topics including U.S. Navy talent management and how the Navy is leveraging its presence in the East Asian waterways for peace and security. Special thanks to BENS Member host, Paul Darley, CEO of Darley for leading the discussion.

   
PODCASTS
   

Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan’s 7th District

ICYMI: Elissa Slotkin, Representative Michigan’s 7th Congressional District

In Episode 20 of the BENS’ Building the Base podcast Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan’s 7th District discussed the future of the defense industrial network. She advocates for faster government acquisition and contracting cycles of emerging technologies to sustain an edge over our international competitors and, she hopes to continue to encourage inter-agency cooperation.

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NOTE: The BENS Executive Brief will take a brief hiatus on February 12, 2023
and return on February 19, 2023

   

MEMBER SUBMITTED

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

   

Marines Reactivate Guam Base to Boost Pacific Footprint

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Submitted by Pete Dordal

Marines Reactivate Guam Base

   

The North American Battery Belt Is Here

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Submitted by Ed Kania

The North American Battery Belt Is Here

   

How Can We Make the Electric Grid More Resilient to Cyberattacks?

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Submitted by Rhonda Germany Balintyn

Electric Grid Cyberattacks

   

Pentagon Launches Management Reform Institute to Address Challenges

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Submitted by Ed Hochman

Pentagon Management Reform

   
ADVISORIES AND EXTERNAL EVENTS
   

Defense Innovation Board

Call for Interviews: Defense Innovation Board Study on Strategic Investment Capital

The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) is engaged in a study on strategic investment capital and is requesting interviews with industry to inform its analysis. The DIB is seeking insights from companies in the defense industrial base, tech start-ups, investors, and companies that have successfully exited Small Business Innovation Research or Defense Innovation Unit programs. Those interested in being interviewed must submit responses to the survey link.

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THE WEEK’S BEST READS
   

General Joe Votel, USA (Ret.) Sign on with More than 480 Global Voices Who Call on International Community to Strengthen Support for Protesters in Iran (PR Newswire)

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US Secures Deal on Philippines Bases to Complete Arc Around China (BBC)

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Netherlands and Japan Said to Join U.S. in Curbing Chip Technology Sent to China (New York Times)

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The Doomsday Clock is Ticking on Biosecurity (Defense One)

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Is Helping Ukraine Reducing US Preparedness, Security? (The Hill)

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China’s Top Nuclear-Weapons Lab Used American Computer Chips Decades After Ban (Wall Street Journal)

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In First Update in a Decade, the Pentagon Plans for AI’s Increased Role in Warfare (Task & Purpose)

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Opinion: How Russia Outmaneuvered the US in Africa (CNN)

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Cyber Experts Work to Write Code in Safer Languages (Washington Post)

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DoD Releases Small Business Strategy (Department of Defense)

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HAVE AN ARTICLE FOR EXECUTIVE BRIEF?    

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BENS EVENTS
   
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.

REGISTER / February 22, Dallas

REGISTER / February 23, Austin

   
BENS Member John King

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

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

March 7 | Washington, DC
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.

REGISTER / March 8, Houston

REGISTER / March 9, San Antonio

   
Blue Ridge Grill

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

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