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September 11, 2022  |  BENS Executive Brief 

21st anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks
ICYMI: President George W. Bush will join the BENS 40th Anniversary Fall Forum
Confirmed Moderators and Panelists
An open letter to the American public

An Open Letter on Best Practices
for Civil-Military Relations Authored
by Eight Former Secretaries of Defense and Five Former Chairmen
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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THE WEEK’S BEST READS

U.S. Business Sector Average Rating Worst Since 2008

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U.S. Business Sector Average Rating Worst Since 2008
 

Pentagon Must Rethink Incentives, Outgoing DIU Chief Says

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Pentagon must rethink incentives, outgoing DIU chief says
 

F-35 Deliveries Halted Over a Chinese Alloy, Pentagon Says

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F-35 Deliveries Halted Over a Chinese Alloy, Pentagon Says
 

DOD Plans to Pitch Tech Workforce Solutions in 2023

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DOD Plans to Pitch Tech Workforce Solutions in 2023
 

IAEA Warns of ‘Catastrophic’ Threat From Shelling in Ukraine Nuclear Report for Talent

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IAEA warns of ‘catastrophic’ threat from shelling in Ukraine nuclear report
 
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MEMBER ENGAGEMENTS

Discussion with the Honorable Frank Kendall, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

 Honorable Frank Kendall, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

BENS hosted Secretary Frank Kendall, to discuss the Air Force’s continued effort to distinguish itself with innovation and technology to face future threats from around the globe.

 

General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau

 General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau

General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, discussed how the Guard has transformed from a strategic reserve to an operational force over the last twenty years, especially highlighting the duality of the Guard’s federal and state roles.

 

International Visitor Leadership Panel (IVL Panel)

 IVPL Panel

On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, BENS members Jim Smith (NY), David McDonald (TX), and Paul Charles participated in a panel discussion on climate and energy innovation in the Caribbean as part of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

 
PODCASTS

Nick Sinai -Senior Fellow, Harvard's Belfer Center, Senior Advisor, Insight Partners

Building the Base Interviews Nick Sinai, former White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Author

Check out our latest Business Executives for National Security (BENS) “Building the Base” podcast featuring Nick Sinai, Senior Advisor at Insight Partners, Adjunct & Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Hear him engage with our own Jim “Hondo” Geurts and Lauren Bedula about his new book with co-author Marina Nitze, Hack Your Bureaucracy: Get Things Done No Matter What Your Role on Any Team, which comes out September 13, 2022. The book contains over 50 tactics, each with real-world examples, for making lasting change in bureaucracies from PTAs and HOAs all the way up to the White House and Fortune 500 companies.

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MEMBER NEWS

[redacted] has released a new research report that uncovers a new ransomware actor

BENS Member Max Kelly, CEO [redacted]

[redacted] has released a new research report that uncovers a new ransomware actor. BianLian is known to have attacked companies in various sectors, including insurance, medicine, law, engineering and more.

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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.

Tech Companies Slowly Shift Production Away From China

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Submitted by Ramon Marks

Tech Companies Slowly Shift Production Away From China
 

Clean Energy Projects Surge After Climate Bill Passage

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Clean Energy Projects Surge After Climate Bill Passage
 

Russia’s War on Ukraine Deepens International Cyber-Defense Cooperation

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Ukraine Deepens International Cyber-Defense Cooperation
 

Futures Command Faces Identity Crisis as Army Shifts Mission

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Futures Command faces identity crisis as Army shifts mission
 

Kendall: CDAO Will ‘Hopefully’ Be Able to Pull JADC2 Efforts Together

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CDAO will ‘hopefully’ be able to pull JADC2 efforts together
 
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September 15 | Atlanta
BENS Southeast Dining Out, Atlanta. Save the Date: Registration link to come.

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Virtual Breakthrough Energy Presentation

September 20 | Virtual
Virtual Breakthrough Energy Presentation: A forward-leaning conversation on U.S. energy security with experts from the clean energy accelerator, Breakthrough Energy.

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September 21 | Washington, DC
BENS DC Discussion with James D. Rodriguez, U.S. Department of Labor’s Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), Workforce Development.

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September 22 | Southeast
Vice Admiral Mary Jackson, USN (Ret.) will join BENS SE for lunch and discussion followed by a Q&A on “The Navy’s Shore Enterprise, Leadership, and Risk.”

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Wireless Wars: China’s Dangerous Domination of 5G...

September 27 | Virtual
BENS Virtual Discussion with Jonathan Pelson,
author of Wireless Wars: China’s Dangerous
Domination of 5G and How We’re Fighting Back

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

September 27 | Austin
BENS member luncheon discussion on the effect on special forces of 20 years of constant war with former Deputy SOCOM Commander VADM Tim Szymanski USN (Ret.)

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September 29 | Dallas
BENS Texas Dallas luncheon discussion with Major General Andrew Gebara, USAF, Commander, Eighth Air Force, and Commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Barksdale Air Force Base.

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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.

REGISTER /October 12, Dallas

REGISTER / October 13, Austin

REGISTER / January 24, San Antonio

REGISTER / January 25, Houston

 
 

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