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BENS Executive Brief
October 23, 2022 

   
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Big Tech Goes to War

Big Tech Goes to War: To Help Ukraine, Washington and Silicon Valley Must Work Together

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EVENT RECAP
   

Admiral Linda Fagan, Commandant, United States Coast Guard

Admiral Linda Fagan, Commandant, United States Coast Guard, October 6, 2022, New York City

In a message following the October 6, 2022 BENS event in New York City, Admiral Linda Fagan, Commandant, United States Coast Guard, said:

“Thank you BENS for your continued support and commitment to advancing national security. I truly appreciate the opportunity to connect and engage in meaningful dialogue surrounding talent management, technology, and the future of the U.S. Coast Guard.”

   

Tien

Honorable John K. Tien, Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, October, 12, 2022, Washington, DC

The Honorable John Tien, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security visited with BENS members in Washington, DC. He discussed the Department’s priorities for protecting the nation while adapting to a threat landscape that has evolved substantially since the Department’s creation.

   

Lieutenant General Christopher T. Donahue

Lieutenant General Christopher T. Donahue, Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, virtual, October, 17, 2022

Lieutenant General Christopher T. Donahue, Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, spoke to a virtual BENS audience on October 12, 2022. He provided an overview of the Corps, its units and missions, and some current challenges facing the Army.

   
PODCASTS
   

Schlein Podcast

Ted Schlein, Chairman and General Partner Ballistic Ventures and General Partner, Kleiner Perkins

In this week’s episode of Building the Base, Hondo and Lauren join Ted Schlein, Chairman & General Partner, Ballistic Ventures and General Partner, Kleiner Perkins to discuss the future of the defense industrial network. Throughout the podcast, Ted touches on inefficiencies within the defense industrial base regarding its acquisition of cybersecurity technology. Ted highlighted that the government should not be playing the role of investor, but it should be finding out how to be a better partner and customer to contractors. To that end, faster and more efficient acquisition processes should be at the forefront of the DoD’s concerns.

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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.

 

France is Sending Air Defense Systems to Kyiv

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Submitted by Ramon Marks

Air Defense Systems
 

With New Crackdown, Biden Wages Global Campaign on Chinese Technology

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Submitted by Pete Dordal

Biden Wages Global Campaign on Chinese Technology
 
THE WEEK’S BEST READS
   

The US isn’t Ready to Face China on the Battlefield (Wall Street Journal)

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The US Marine Corps Has a Choice: Transform or Die (Defense One)

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Should the National Guard Get Free Health Care? Gen. Hokanson Is Trying to Make it Happen (Military.com)

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American Technology Boosts China’s Hypersonic Missile Program (Washington Post)

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Commercial Planes, Ships Would Play Large Role in Pacific War, TRANSCOM Head Says (Defense One)

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Why Drones Pose a Different Challenge for Ukraine than Missiles (Reuters)

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Space Force May Seek Commercial Fleet to Augment Wartime Needs (Defense News)

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New Lockheed Office Seeks Partnerships With Mid-Size Firms (Defense One)

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Army National Guard Prepares for 2030 (U.S. Army)

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Biden Expands Effort to Secure U.S. Energy Independence (New York Times)

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HAVE AN ARTICLE FOR EXECUTIVE BRIEF?    

Contact Hannah Beitler, Policy Associate, to submit content for consideration in this newsletter:
HBeitler@bens.org

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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 / January 24, San Antonio

REGISTER / January 25, Houston

   
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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former SOCOM Deputy Commander VADM Tim Szymanski, USN (Ret.)

November 9 | Dallas, Texas
Luncheon discussion on the impact of 20 years of constant war on our Special Forces with Former Deputy SOCOM Commander VADM Tim Szymanski, USN (Ret.)

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November 17 | Washington, DC
Discussion with James D. Rodriguez, U.S. DOL Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), Workforce Development.

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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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