Attracting Our Best Leaders
From a splintering extremist threat, to a resurgent Russia, to rising military personnel costs, the United States is increasingly confronted with a diverse array of national security challenges. As the US navigates this complex and shifting threat environment, we must be able to attract and retain the most talented and experienced individuals to serve as leaders in our government institutions. The process by which private sector individuals are identified, appointed, and confirmed for senior government positions, however, has become arduous to the point of dissuading some of our top private-sector talent from serving in government. The United States’ inability to seat the most qualified individuals in senior civilian positions is a challenge that has a direct bearing on our national security. BENS has recently published a report that offers 31 pragmatic actions to streamline, accelerate, and strengthen the process for individuals to answer the call to government service. Implementing these recommendations would help to make senior government service far more attractive to a broad range of dynamic and effective leaders.