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
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
BENS Member Mark Shenkman, Founder and President of Shenkman Capital Management was honored with the Museum of American Finance’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding career in the investment industry.