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BENS Executive Brief
October 16, 2022 

   
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Experts urge US logistics revamp in light of Ukraine war

Experts Urge U.S. Logistics Revamp In Light of Ukraine War

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MEMBER NEWS
   

Mary Boies Recognition

BENS Board Member Mary Boies, Counsel to Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP was recognized for her work in helping bring Afghan Female Tactical Platoon (FTP) members to the United States after the Fall of Kabul. A presentation was made by US Army Captains Mary Kolar and Jackie Munn who served as US Cultural Support team members in Afghanistan and led an effort to bring over 40 of their Afghan counterparts to America. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and former Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy were present for the ceremony.

   

BENS Member Charles “Chip” Whitaker

 Whitaker joins Barbaricum as Vice President of Strategy

Charles L. “Chip” Whitaker joins Barbaricum as Vice President of Strategy where he will design and drive Barbaricum’s pathway forward in remaining on the frontlines of the technological landscape.

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BENS Member Hernan Albamonte

 Hernan Albamonte, Head of Illicit Trade Prevention U.S

Hernan Albamonte, Head of Illicit Trade Prevention U.S., Philip Morris International, Inc. was recognized by World Trademark Review as a 2022 Global Leader in their annual ranking of the world’s best trademark professionals.

   
UPCOMING EVENT
   

The Business of Freedom: How Markets Can Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

The Business of Freedom: How Markets Can Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

On Saturday, November 12, Freedom House will host a live discussion between BENS President & CEO General Joseph Votel, USA (Ret.) 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.

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PODCASTS
   

Former Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics & Technology

ICYMI: The Honorable Katrina McFarland, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics & Technology

In this week’s episode of Building the Base, Katrina McFarland, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology joins our own Hondo Geurts and Lauren Bedula to discuss supply chain security, maintaining the technological competitive edge, and cultivating talent in the national security workforce. Ms. McFarland explains how national security strategy has fallen behind innovation and technological advancements and how dependence on global supply chains poses a risk to security. She also highlights how the national security and defense ecosystem needs to modernize in order to keep up with the tech industry.

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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.

 

To Win Against China, the U.S. Must Bide its Time

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Submitted by Todd Stein

To Win Against China, the U.S. Must Bide its Time
 
NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT
   

President Biden Releases National Security Strategy

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President Biden Releases National Security Strategy

   
James W. Foley Legacy Foundation Report: Bringing Americans Home: A Non-Governmental Assessment of U.S. Hostage Policy and family Engagement
   

 James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

This report presents key findings about American hostages and those wrongfully detained; perception of US’s government’s hostage enterprise; and recommendations for the US government’s hostage enterprise. In November 2014, the Obama Administration ordered a “comprehensive review of the US Government policy on overseas terrorist-related hostage cases.” The review came amid a series of tragedies involving Americans held overseas by terrorist groups.

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THE WEEK’S BEST READS
   

‘No Possibility of Reconciliation’ as US Slams China Chips (Bloomberg)

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From Weapons Systems to Outer-Space, e-waste is a Threat to National Security (The Hill)

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An American in Ukraine Finds the War He’s Been Searching For (New York Times)

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Taiwan Signals its Chip Firms Will Follow New U.S. Rules on China (Reuters)

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Saudi Arabia Defied U.S. Warnings Ahead of OPEC+ Production Cut (Wall Street Journal)

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America’s Arsenal is in Need of Desperate Support (Defense News)

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Biden Signs Executive Order on EU-U.S. Data Privacy Agreement (Politico)

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Boston Dynamics Pledges not to Weaponize its Robots (Axios)

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UK Spy Chief Warns China’s Use of Technology Threatens Global Security (NBC News)

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Taiwan, Looking to Ukraine, Pursues Internet Backup (Washington Post)

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Agencies Should Make Internal Workforce Investments to Improve AI Implementation, Experts Say (Federal News Network)

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Iran’s Protests Pose a Challenge for Washington and Silicon Valley (Washington Post)

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Israel says Historic Agreement Made with Lebanon on Maritime Borders (Reuters)

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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 / October 12, Dallas

REGISTER / October 13, Austin

REGISTER / January 24, San Antonio

REGISTER / January 25, Houston

   
Virtual Conversation with Lieutenant General Christopher T. Donahue

October 17 | Virtual
MEMBERS ONLY: Virtual Conversation with Lieutenant General Christopher T. Donahue, The Last American Soldier To Leave Afghanistan.

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BENS Virtual Discussion with Andy Milburn, CEO, The Mozart Group

November 1 | Virtual
BENS Virtual Discussion with Andy Milburn, CEO, The Mozart Group: On-the-ground assessment from Ukraine.

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Social Media’s Use by Extremists

Multiple Dates, Locations
Social Media’s Use by Exremists.

REGISTER / November 2, Austin

REGISTER / November 3, San Antonio

REGISTER / November 17, Houston

   
Vice Admiral William Houston

November 8 | Washington, DC
A breakfast conversation with BENS President & CEO, retired Army General Joe Votel and Vice Admiral William Houston, Commander, Submarine Forces, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, Commander, Task Force 114, Commander, Allied Submarine Command.

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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.

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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.

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