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BENS Executive Brief
November 20, 2022 

Capability Over Capacity Has Created a Brittle Force

The Bias for Capability Over Capacity Has Created a Brittle Force





AJC Veterans Day Honors

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlights BENS member Zach Knight and SE Regional Director, Sidney Talley among others as they salute Veterans on Veterans Day.



 BENS Member John King

BENS Member MG John F. King

New BENS member, MG John F. King, won his bid for re-election as Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner on November 8th. Along with being the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, John is also a Major General in the US Army National Guard assigned to NORAD and US Northern Command. Congratulations MG King!


Freedom House

On November 12th General Votel participated in a live discussion between Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray and Michael Abramowitz, President of Freedom House, on the economic consequences of global democratic decline and how the business community can push back against authoritarianism, support human rights, and help build a more secure and prosperous world. You can watch the session here.


VADM Whitworth visited New York

On November 17th, VADM Whitworth visited New York members to discuss “The Geospatial Intelligence Advantage” – what Geospatial intelligence brings to our country’s leaders and policymakers to strengthen national security.


GEN Votel visits Chicago

As the first snowfall of the year fell in Chicago, members met with BENS’ CEO General Votel over a private luncheon hosted by BENS Chicago member John Geiringer, Partner at Barack Ferazzano. The conversation was wide ranging, from the rise of China in US markets to the current American sentiments re: US national service corps. Special guests included, SAIC Doug Zloto, USSS, TAG MIARNG Major General Paul Rogers, and Seve Herman, Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army.


Crisis24 - GardaWorld

BENS Washington D.C. members joined member Pete Dordal, visiting Crisis24 Intel Command Center in Annapolis, Maryland for an up-close look at Crisis24 (A GardaWorld Company) and an opportunity to learn more about their unique approach to security, intelligence, and risk management.


NYC Veterans Day

BENS NY Metro members, family, and friends toured USS Arlington (LPD-24), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, during the ship’s port visit to NYC for Veterans Day.


Leon Panetta Podcast Nov 2022

Building the Base Interviews Secretary Leon Panetta, Former Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, and White House Chief of Staff

In this week’s episode of Building the Base, we were proud to host Secretary Leon Panetta. Secretary Panetta served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense, the 3rd Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the 18th White House Chief of Staff, the 29th Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for California. In a fascinating conversation with our hosts, Hondo Geurts and Lauren Bedula, Secretary Panetta emphasizes the need for a strong defense industrial base to ensure the United States remains the strongest global military power and force for good.




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


The Effects of Combat Deployments on Veterans’ Outcomes

Working paper from the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago on the effects of combat deployments on soldiers’ well-being.


Submitted by Robert Palmer



US Border Patrol

Last week, the BENS Special Working Group on Workforce Development hosted CBP’s Office of Field Operations for a virtual roundtable to discuss recruitment challenges including time to hire and keeping applicants engaged throughout the application process. This engagement marks the second interaction between BENS and CBP. Last March, CBP NY hosted our members for a demonstration at Newark Airport. The Workforce Development Special Working Group looks forward to continue assisting CBP OFO and our other partners overcome their toughest workforce challenges.



Joint Cybersecurity Advisory

#StopRansomeWare: Hive Ransomeware

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are releasing this joint CSA to disseminate known Hive IOCs and TTPs identified through FBI investigations as recently as November 2022.


Ukrainian Analysis Identifies Western Supply Chain Behind Iran’s Drones (Wall Street Journal)



4 Takeaways From President Biden’s ‘Very Blunt’ Meeting with China’s Xi Jinping (NPR)



South Korea’s Defense Minister Lays Out Four Results From Trip to US (Defense News)



The U.S.’s Struggle to Wean Itself from Chinese Solar Power (Wall Street Journal)



Yanjun Xu, Who Tried to Steal GE Secrets for China, Gets 20 Years in Prison (The Washington Post)



Poland, NATO Say Missile Strike Wasn’t a Russian Attack (AP News)



Analysis: China’s Freeze on Taiwan Contact Fuels Worry as Tensions Build (Reuters)



Feds in Gen X and Gen Z Both Want More Work Flexibility, But Often for Different Reasons (Federal News Network)



How Robotic Process Automation is Helping Federal Agencies Manage Data (C4ISRNET)




The BENS Executive Brief will be on hiatus for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and will be back on December 4. We appreciate your understanding in advance. Thank you!


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Luncheon discussion of the southern border with Todd Bensman

November 30 | Dallas
Luncheon Discussion of the Southern Border with Todd Bensman, Author, America’s Covert Border War: The Untold Story of the Nation’s Battle to Prevent Jihadist Infiltration.


Brig Gen Tom Cosentino

December 1 | New York, NY
A BENS 2023 Look Ahead with BENS Chief Operating Officer, Brig. Gen. Tom Cosentino, US Army (ret.).


The Honorable William J. Walker, Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives

December 5 | Washington, DC
A Conversation with The Honorable William J. Walker, Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives.


Lt Gen Dagvin Anderson

December 7 | Washington, DC
A conversation with Lt. Gen. Dagvin “Dag’” Anderson, the Director for Joint Force Development (J7). Dag and his team support the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in advancing the operational effectiveness of the current and future joint force across six functional areas: Doctrine, Education, Concept Development & Experimentation, Training, Exercises, and Lessons Learned.

NOTE: We will utilize a hybrid model for this session, with Lt. Gen. Anderson coming to the DC Office.


Southeast Holiday Social 2022

December 8 | Southeast
Join us for a festive evening with friends at our Annual Southeast Holiday Social.


Army-Navy Game Watch Party

December 10 | New York, NY
Please join BENS NY Metro and our partners the New York Council Navy League for our inaugural “Army-Navy Game Watch Party” at Stout Grand Central. Families and guests are welcome and encouraged.


Dr Timofiy Mylovanov

December 13 | Virtual (Members Only)
Virtual (Members Only) discussion with Dr. Tymofiy Mylovanov, the Former Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture to discuss the Ukraine’s other frontline – It’s Economy.


DC Holiday Open House

December 13 | Holiday Open House
Join us to put some jingle in your jangle! Finalizing 40 years of festive fun with the return of BENS’ DC Holiday Open House, we are looking forward to an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, bubbly beverages, and captivating conversations!



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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