January 29 2023

BENS Executive Brief
January 29, 2023 

   
     
Mad Dash into the Solomon Islands Breeds Resentment

China’s Mad Dash into the Solomon Islands Breeds Resentment

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MEMBER NEWS
   

 Dr Kathleen Kiernan

BENS Member Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan

The San Diego Harbor Police Foundation (SDHPF), a recognized 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner, has announced the addition of BENS member Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan to its board of directors.

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 Greg Bowman

BENS Member Greg Bowman

BENS member Greg Bowman has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Siemens Government Technologies, where he previously served as Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Corporate Development.

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BENS EVENT RECAP
   

Gen Poppas visit to Boston

Boston Members Host General Andrew P. Poppas, Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command

On January 26th, General Andrew P. Poppas, Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command, met with BENS members in Boston to discuss readiness, modernization, recruiting and retention, and the safety and manning of the Total Army Force.

   

 Tom Cosentino with Rep Rich McCormick

Rep. Rich McCormick

On January 25, BENS Chief Operating Officer, Brigadier Genneral Tom Cosentino, USA (Ret.) met with Representative Rich McCormick (R-GA), who was recently named to serve on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Committees. Dr. Rich McCormick is a decorated veteran and Emergency Room physician, who proudly serves the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.

   

Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest_BENS Chicago

BENS Chicago Welcomes The Consulate General of Israel the Midwest

The Consulate General of Israel the Midwest hosted BENS Chicago for a private meeting to discuss the strategic US-Israel relationship. BENS Member, John Geiringer lead the conversation and highlighted the recent Israeli resilience training that the Illinois National Guard underwent.

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PODCASTS
   

Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan’s 7th District

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 joins us to discuss 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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MEMBER SUBMITTED

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

   

China’s Global Mega-Projects Are Falling Apart

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Submitted by Pete Dordal

China’s Global Mega-Projects Are Falling Apart

   

Bulgaria to the Rescue: How the EU’s Poorest Country Secretly Saved Ukraine

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Submitted by Frank Bauer

How the EU’s poorest country secretly saved Ukraine

   
– PROJECTS CORNER –    

FY23 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

BENS Summary of the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

The FY23 NDAA authorizes $858B for national defense. The FY23 Omnibus Bill also appropriated $858B for defense spending. The BENS team has summarized some of the key legislative provisions of relevance to BENS.

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ADVISORIES AND EXTERNAL EVENTS
   

CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS) CONGRESSIONAL BRIEF

 

CSIS War Games

Empty Bins in a Wartime Environment: The Challenge to the U.S. Defense Industrial Base

According to the results of a series of CSIS war games, the United States would likely run out of some munitions—such as long-range, precision-guided munitions—in less than one week in a Taiwan Strait conflict.

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THE WEEK’S BEST READS
   

Ukraine Has Digitized Its Fighting Forces on a Shoestring (Wall Street Journal)

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Biden Announces Abrams Tanks to be Delivered to Ukraine (U.S. Department of Defense)

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King Abdullah Meets Israeli PM Netanyahu in Surprise Jordan Visit, Royal Court Says (Reuters)

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Chinese Firm Catl to Develop Huge Bolivian Lithium Deposit BBC News)

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The Diplomat Securing Responsibly Sourced Critical Minerals (POLITICO)

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The Fight Against Money Laundering: Machine Learning is a Game Changer (McKinsey)

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Software Defines Tactics (War on the Rocks)

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Chairman of House Select Committee on China Lays Out His Plans (CQ)

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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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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

   
Blue Ridge Grill

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

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