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Plans, Like for Disaster Response, are Great Only if You Can Carry Them Out

April 1, 2021

Winning coaches has a game plan, then work like the devil to make sure players can execute that plan. The federal government has a plan for disaster response but sort…

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BENS Leaders Examine Emergency Response Vulnerabilities, Share Recommended Reforms at Senate Hearing

March 24, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 24, 2021 Contact:Nate Thompson(202) 296-2125 WASHINGTON, DC—The United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs’ Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing today…

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The Covid Relief Bill is a Good Start, But What About the Next National Emergency?

March 15, 2021

With over 530,000 Americans dead from Covid-19, improvements in vaccine deployment, a massive relief bill and a presidential address are reasons for hope that we are now starting to turn…

The War Room Podcast: BENS Report on National Emergency Response

March 3, 2021

Emergency response in the United States typically relies on one saving tenet of operations — a safe haven to prepare and stage and launch from. Natural disasters tend to be…

Executive Spotlight: Mark Gerencser, Gen. Joseph Votel of BENS Discuss National Security Crisis Resulting from COVID-19

February 17, 2021

Mark Gerencser, chairman of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, and Gen. Joseph Votel, president and chief executive officer of BENS, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz…

3 Steps We Must Take Now to Prepare for the Next National Crisis

February 10, 2021

As we continue to confront the devastating toll of COVID-19, it’s hard to contemplate the next national crisis. But if we want any chance at beating it, we have to…

How Can the US Prepare Better When Things Go Wrong?

February 4, 2021

Events over the last couple of decades have shown that the federal government isn’t all that great at responding to crises. No one connected the dots leading to 9/11. Hurricane…

COVID 19 is a National Security Crisis:  We Need to Combat it that Way

February 1, 2021

What would one call a scenario that: crashed the economy; inflicted a multi-trillion dollar debt load on the national balance sheet; bankrupted businesses; caused record un-employment; hollowed out the heart…

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BENS to Release Commission Report on ‘Whole of Nation’ Approach to National Emergencies

January 25, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 25, 2021 Contact: Nate Thompson (202) 296-2125 WASHINGTON, DC—Business Executives for National Security (BENS) will publicly release the final report of its Commission on the National…