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BENS Executive Brief
October 9, 2022 

   
Celebrate BENS 40th Anniversary    
Information warfare is becoming an influential tool

In War, Information is Power

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MEMBER NEWS
   

BENS Member Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, Ed.D

 Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, Ed.D, President, NEC National Security Systems

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.

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BENS EVENT RECAP
   

Admiral Linda Fagan, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

 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

 Tampa FBI SAC 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.

   
PODCASTS
   

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

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.

 

A Fresh Look at Civic Duty

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Submitted by Kristi Rodgers

A Fresh Look at Civic Duty
 

NATO Using Quantum Technologies to Make Communications Secure

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Submitted by Rhonda Germany Ballintyn

NATO Using Quantum Technologies
 

Outpost’ Autonomous Towers to Monitor Greek Islands for Threats

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Submitted by Pete Dordal

Outpost’ Autonomous Towers to Monitor Greek Islands
 

EU Chief: New Greece-Bulgaria Gas Pipeline ‘Means Freedom’

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Submitted by Mary Boies

EU chief: New Greece-Bulgaria gas pipeline ‘means freedom’ (AP News)
 
THE WEEK’S BEST READS
   

Israel, Cyprus to Resolve Disagreement Over Maritime Gas Field (AL-Monitor)

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Biden Cannot Let Pacific Island Nations Fall into China’s Hands (Washington Post)

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The U.S. Reasserts Itself in the Pacific Islands with a Historic Pact (Worldview)

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DOD Establishes Article Strategy and Global Resilience Office (Department of Defense)

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North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles, Condemning Security Council Meeting (New York Times)

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Inside the US Army’s ‘Warfighting’ Cloud (CIO)

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Government Agency Ratings: CIA, FBI Up; Federal Reserve Down (Gallup)

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Turkey’s Tough Talk On Greece Fuels Aegean Tensions (Financial Times)

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US Sees Chance to Gain Arms Market Share from Sanctioned Russia (Defense News)

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DOD Office Looks to Effects of Climate Change on Department (Department of Defense)

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National Cyber Director Office Calls for Insights, Expertise, in Cyber Workforce, Training, Education (Industrial Cyber)

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Putin’s War Exposes Risks to Deploying Small Nuclear Reactors (Bloomberg)

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Biden Juggles Iran Nuke Talks as Iranian Repression Grows (Federal News Network)

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Army Ended Fiscal Year Short Almost 20,000 Soldiers, Chief Says (Military Times)

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In Rebuke to West, OPEC and Russia Aim to Raise Oil Prices with Big Supply Cut (New York Times)

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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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