BENS member Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, Ed.D, President, NEC National Security Systems, spoke to a packed house during her keynote address at Identity Week, October 4-5 in Washington DC. Dr. Kiernan emphasized during her keynote address how important it is to broaden our own aperture to detect threats and develop solutions at the speed of need.
Admiral Linda Fagan, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
On Thursday, Admiral Linda Fagan, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard visited with BENS members in New York City. She discussed her goals to transform the Coast Guard, which include deploying innovative recruiting practices, revolutionizing talent management policies, and further focus on investments in technology and critical infrastructure.
Tampa FBI Special Agent in Charge David Walker
BENS Southeast Region hosted Tampa FBI Special Agent in Charge David Walker for a meaningful conversation and briefing on cyber-crime, ransomware, and the unique threats to Tampa and the surrounding area. Walker also shared insights related to the FBI’s shift from international terrorism to localized terrorism threats.
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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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.
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.