January 8 2023

BENS Executive Brief
January 8, 2023 

   
     
How the algorithm tipped the balance in Ukraine

How the Algorithm Tipped the Balance in Ukraine

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MEMBER NEWS
   

 Calvin Butler

BENS Board Member Calvin Butler

Exelon to Stay Based in Chicago

BENS Board member Calvin Butler, who with the new year takes the reins as CEO of the giant utility holding company Exelon, is moving back to Chicago, where the company “is and will remain” headquartered.

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BENS EVENT RECAP
   

General David H. Berger, 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps

On Thursday, January 5, 2023, General David H. Berger, 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps, joined BENS for a virtual conversation as part of the Commander Series. Gen. Berger stated, “The All-Volunteer Force is critical to ensuring we meet end strength goals. We need everyone to promote the two goals of national service—to meet the needs of the country, but more importantly, to develop the capacities and character of the young Americans who will be the future leaders of our Nation. BENS is an exceptional forum of community and national leaders to help spread this message.”

   
PODCASTS
   

Podcast - Steffanie Easter

Stephanie Easter, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions

Ms. Easter emphasized that the need for communication not only among the services, but also among industry partners. She explains that DoD must learn to balance information sharing with strategic competition when working with industry to innovate defense technologies.

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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.

   

Why the U.S. is Enlisting a Spy Agency During Hurricanes

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Submitted by Matthew Flug

climate change driving more frequent and powerful natural disasters

   

Congress Boosts Funding to Stockpile Key Metals, Battery Ingredients

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Submitted by Edward Hochman

Congress Boosts Funding to Stockpile Key Metals, Battery Ingredients

   

– PROJECTS CORNER –

 

Vice Admiral Andrew ‘Woody’ Lewis, USN (Ret.)

As we embark on 2023, I am excited about the many ways BENS members this year will help address our most pressing security challenges. From further establishing the principles, practices, and partnerships of a modern, defense industrial network to solidifying BENS as the go-to resource for best talent management practices across the national security enterprise – not to mention addressing a myriad of other topics ranging from wargaming and U.S. Navy ship maintenance – BENS members are primed to offer solutions and private sector perspectives that will strengthen our Nation’s security apparatus. Making it more resilient and prepared for today’s complex security environment. I look forward to what we will accomplish together in the months ahead!

Vice Admiral Andrew ‘Woody’ Lewis, USN (Ret.) Senior Vice President for BENS Policy/Projects

 
THE WEEK’S BEST READS
   

American Defense Priorities After Ukraine (War on the Rocks)

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Jordan King Warns of ‘Red Lines’ in Jerusalem as Netanyahu Returns to Office (CNN)

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Study Examines How Many Scientists a Region Needs to Achieve Dominance in a Field (PHYS.ORG)

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

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For Zelensky, a Celebration of Resilience and a Sales Pitch for Support (The New York Times)

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Before Basic: Amid recruiting crunch, Army expands Future Soldier Prep Course (Breaking Defense)

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US Moves to Reopen Solomon Islands Embassy to Counter China (AP News)

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Navy’s Progress Towards Unmanned Operations: 5 Stories From 2022 (Breaking Defense)

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Deterrence and Commitment Across the Taiwan Strait: Lessons from Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy (War on the Rocks)

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BENS EVENTS
   
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 / January 18, Dallas

REGISTER / January 19, Austin

REGISTER / March 8, Houston

REGISTER / March 9, San Antonio

   
Brig Gen Tom Cosentino

January 19 | Southeast
A BENS 2023 Look Ahead with BENS Chief Operating Officer, Brig. Gen. Tom Cosentino, US Army (ret.).

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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.

REGISTER / January 24, San Antonio

REGISTER / January 25, Houston

   
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