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Modernizing Military Compensation: The Commissary Benefit and Evaluating the Need for Reform

The commissary benefit is a traditional part of the military compensation package. The benefit provides service members, retirees, and their families’ access to military installation grocery stores known as commissaries…

Value Based Practices for Military Health Care

Part of BENS’ Modernizing Military Compensation Series, this paper offers three practices that could curb rising military health care costs while maintaining or improving quality of care. BENS gratefully acknowledges…

Security in the New Energy Landscape: Accessing the Geostrategic Impact of the Unconventional Oil & Gas Revolution

The United States is experiencing a surge in the discovery and production of oil and gas resources. Whereas just several years ago experts warned of the decline in global oil…

Finding Efficiencies in the Business of Defense: Reducing Fuel Cost for the Defense Logistics Agency

An assessment of measures that reduce the Defense Logistics Agency’s fuel procurement, storage and transportation costs. In Fall 2012, Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Vice Admiral (VADM) Mark…

Power the Fight: Capturing Smart Microgrid Potential for DoD Installation Energy Security

Nearly 99% of the more than 500 DoD installations nationwide are dependent on the commercial grid for power. While the U.S. commercial grid is reliable and resilient, power outages have…

Defense Efficiency Initiative: BENS Recommendations

Consolidated recommendations of the BENS membership on what the Defense Department might do to improve and reduce the costs of defense business operations in six areas: civilian workforce, acquisition leadership,…

Getting to Best: Reforming the Defense Acquisition Enterprise

An effective defense acquisition enterprise must to a considerable degree be trust-based and founded upon ethical comportment by all parties. Today, a lack of trust interferes with the relationships between…

Cyber Strategic Inquiry: Enabling Change Through a Strategic Simulation and Megacommunity Concept

Cyber Strategic Inquiry 2008 (CSI’08) sponsored by BENS and executed by Booz Allen Hamilton, brought together over 230 leaders from government, industry and society to generate a shared knowledge of…

Defense Information Systems Agency: Cooperative Review

BENS, in cooperation with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), reviewed several procurements of an information technology (IT) capability or service with a goal of identifying and quantifying legislative, regulatory,…