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September 18, 2022  |  BENS Executive Brief 

China Is Running Covert Operations That Could Seriously Overwhelm Us

China Is Running Covert Operations That Could Seriously Overwhelm Us




US Air Force Warns of Aging Fighters, Poor Purchasing Efforts


US Air Force warns of aging fighters, poor purchasing efforts

US Approaching ‘Critical Time’ in Tech Race with China, Report Says


US approaching ‘critical time’ in tech race with China, report says

Iranians Accused of Attacking U.S. Computer Systems, Demanding Ransom


Iranians accused of attacking U.S. computer systems, demanding ransom

Here’s How the Air Force Could Change its Job Assignment Process


Air Force could change its job assignment process

BENS New York Member Fleur Harlan

 Fleur Harlan National WWII Museum  Board of Trustees

The National WWII Museum recently elected New York member Fleur Harlan to their Board of Trustees. 2023 is a big year for the Museum with the anticipated completion of its long-planned physical expansion, including the opening of Liberation Pavilion, its final exhibition hall, and the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground.



BENS Chicago Member John M. Geiringer

 John M. Geiringer, Regulatory Section Leader of the Financial Institutions Group at Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum

BENS Chicago member John M. Geiringer, Regulatory Section Leader of the Financial Institutions Group at Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP law firm recently published Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy. Written by leading experts with extensive real-world experience, this book is a comprehensive overview of the key legal tools and strategies used to counter the financing of terrorism. It provides essential information on the roles of government agencies and the private sector, and discusses the laws, typologies, cases, and guidance involved in combatting this dynamic challenge.



BENS DC Member James Schenck

 James Schenck, President & CEO of PenFed

BENS DC member James Schenck, President & CEO of PenFed, joined community and business leaders along with The PenFed Foundation on September 12 to raise $1 million to support veterans and the military community at the 19th annual Military Heroes Golf Classic.



Government Partner Request for Assistance

The Defense Ministry of Georgia will host its 3rd Annual Cyber Security Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia on October 17/18, 2022. The Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) — which is tasked with strengthening Georgia’s ability to defend itself and advance in its preparations for NATO membership – is working with the US Embassy there to recruit the participation of American companies in this event. Ambassador Kelly Degnan has reached out to BENS to invite our members with cyber expertise to take part as panelists.

Attended by representatives of NATO and numerous partner countries, this year’s conference will focus on “Critical Information Infrastructure Protection as a Vital Component of Cyber Security.” Discussions for which they are seeking panelists include: Cyber Dimensions of Modern Conflict; Public Private Partnership – Trust Based Cooperation; Cyber Command – Best Practices in Defence Domain; NATO-EU-GEO Cyber Partnership; and Crafting National Cyber Resilience.

If you or another colleague from your company might be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Isabelle Simoneaux for more information and to be connected to the embassy team.

Senate Advances $6.5 Billion Taiwan Military Aid Bill


 Senate advances $6.5 billion Taiwan military aid bill

Delayed Repairs Shrink the U.S Navy Submarine Fleet


Delayed Repairs Shrink the U.S Navy Submarine Fleet

Space Force eyes easing enlistment rules to target high-demand skills


Space Force eyes easing enlistment rules to target high-demand skills

Legendary Army Ranger, Who Fought in Three Wars, Dies at 97


Legendary Army Ranger, who fought in three wars, dies at 97

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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.



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.



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.”


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


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.)



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.


Special Agent in Charge  David Walker

October 4 | Southeast
BENS Southeast Luncheon and Discussion with David Walker, Tampa FBI Special Agent in Charge.



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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