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Taliban Sweep in Afghanistan Follows Years of US Miscalculations

August 14, 2021

President Biden’s top advisers concede they were stunned by the rapid collapse of the Afghan army in the face of an aggressive, well-planned offensive by the Taliban that now threatens…

US Deserves Big Share of Blame for Afghanistan Military Disaster

August 12, 2021

As one provincial capital after another has fallen to the Taliban, the message from Washington to the Afghans facing the onslaught has been that their survival is in their own…

Leading Security Organization Adds Directors with Expertise in Risk Management, Consulting, Venture Capital, Engineering and Manufacturing

May 12, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 12, 2021 Contact: Nate Thompson(202) 296-2125 nthompson@bens.org WASHINGTON, DC—Business Executives for National Security (BENS) announces the election of four new members of its Board of Directors. Beginning terms…

Business Leaders Honor Anthony Fauci, Alex Gorsky and Gen. Gus Perna With 2021 Eisenhower Awards

April 26, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 26, 2021 Contact:Nate Thompson (202) 296-2125 nthompson@bens.org WASHINGTON, DC—More than 200 leaders and guests across the nation joined Business Executives for National Security (BENS) Wednesday for its…

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…

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 nthompson@bens.org WASHINGTON, DC—The United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs’ Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing today…

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…

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…