January 22 2023

BENS Executive Brief
January 22, 2023 

   
     
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America’s Must-Win
Semiconductor War

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MEMBER NEWS
   

 Kurt Scherer, Managing Partner at C5 Capital

BENS Member Kurt Scherer

BENS member Kurt Scherer, Managing Partner at C5 Capital is profiled in Maddyness, the go-to magazine for key players in business, finance, media, new technologies and innovation.

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BENS EVENT RECAP
   

ICYMI-Jordan 2023

In Case You Missed It…

General Votel led a BENS delegation to Jordan where the group had the distinct honor of having an audience with his Majesty King Abdullah. The extraordinary trip also included a meeting with the Prime Minister, Al Khasawneh and the US Ambassador to Jordan. The group also met the Minsters of Environment & Energy and Industry & Labor. The visit also included an engagement with the Foreign Minister, a dinner with the Jordanian Business Association and a meet and greet with the Young President’ Association. Topping off the trip, the delegation traveled to Petra for a memorable day of touring.

   

General Edward M. Daly, Commanding General of Army Material Command

General Edward M. Daly, Commanding General of Army Material Command

On January 17th, General Edward M. Daly, Commanding General of Army Material Command met with BENS members in Chicago to discuss the Army’s largest modernization project in over four decades. GEN Daly was particularly interested to discuss how corporations navigate modernize facilities and IT systems within the manufacturing, logistics and supply chain sectors.

   
PODCASTS
   

Shyam Sankar

ICYMI: Shyam Sankar COO, Palantir Technologies, Inc.

This 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.

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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.

   

Sweden Says It Has Uncovered a Rare Earth Bonanza

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Bigger Fleets Win

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Bigger Fleets Win

   
– PROJECTS CORNER –    

BENS is excited to welcome Sam Everette and Isaiah Nielsen to this winter’s class of the Stanley A. Weiss Research Associate program. Both are graduate students at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs, with Isaiah calling Minnesota his home state and Sam joining from Alabama. Among other things, they will support BENS’ efforts to forge a future Defense Industrial Network and other priority projects spearheaded by our members.

   

 

   
THE WEEK’S BEST READS
   

Amid Border Patrol Recruitment Crisis, One Step of the Hiring Process is Wiping Out Tons of Applicants (FOXNEWS.com)

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How a New Commission Will Fix Disputes Over US Navy’s Force Structure (Defense News)

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The Real Reasons for Taiwan’s Arms Backlog — and How to Help Fill It (War on the Rocks)

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Why the U.S. Will Lose Its Next War (Backbender)

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US Military Services Exchanging Cloud-Computing Wisdom Amid JADC2 Push (C4ISRNET)

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Starting Tuesday, All U.S. Military Veterans in Suicidal Crisis Will Be Eligible for Free Care at Any VA or Private Facility (nbcnews.com)

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New Parental Leave Policy Could Help Retention, Recruiting (Defense One)

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Army Ready to Ask Vendors to Help Build Its Vision of a ‘Unified Network’ (Federal News Network)

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USS Nimitz Operates in South China Sea for First Time this Deployment (Military Times)

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Push for Naval ‘Interchangeability’ Will Require Help from Industry (Defense News)

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Retention of Surface Warfare Officers is Improving, SWO Boss Says (Navy Times)

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BENS EVENTS
   

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

   
Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond

March 7 | Washington, DC
Discussion with General John “Jay” Raymond, USAF (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

   
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