On this trip the BENS delegation had meetings with King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Yousef Huneiti and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Ayman Hussein Abdullah Al-Safadi to name a few. The overall theme of the visit was the prospect of cooperation and seeking opportunities for enhancing ties.
This week’s podcast expands beyond “Building the Base.” Learn more about Shyam’s fascinating personal story as an immigrant and refugee. A truly “only in America” story. Hear how he and his family came to the US from Nigeria to escape the violence and corruption the country faced at the time, and how that journey, from upheaval and through several entrepreneurial failures, led to his joining Palantir in 2006 as the first business hire, to become its COO today.
BENS further strengthens its partnership with the Navy’s innovative design and methodology team with a visit to the Tactical Advancements for the Next Generation (TANG) office. BENS staff received a demonstration of TANG’s virtual reality “holodeck” – a technology used to simulate and optimize the experience of both current and future sailors and discussed areas of potential collaboration.
THE WEEK’S BEST READS
Lagging Arms Production Makes Pentagon Wary of Further Industry Consolidation (Wall Street Journal)
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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.
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.
BENS hosted a panel for the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to discuss communication and cooperation between the private sector and federal law enforcement. In attendance were law…