Attracting More to Senior Government Service

A small expert panel of former government officials and BENS members offer ways to improve and streamline the presidential appointment process to ensure we are attracting the best leaders to executive service. Click here for more information and a link to the report

Countering Terrorism and Protecting Civil Liberties

BENS offers 10 recommendations to combat today's evolving terrorist threat and ensure public safety. Click here for more information and a link to the report

Modernizing Military Compensation

A ten-member BENS Task Force offers perspectives and recommendations on how the Department of Defense can reform the military compensation and benefits system to maintain the ideal 21st century fighting force. Click here to read more

BENS Spotlight

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.

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Upcoming Events

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Washington, DC
Lunch with the Honorable Michael J. Rogers, former Chairman of the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. 

July 7  

Chicago, IL
Paneled Lunch on Drone Warfare with the Air Force Association 

July 8  

San Antonio, TX
Lunch with Captain Keith Taylor, Deputy Commander Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center 

July 9  

Austin, TX
Lunch with Captain Keith Taylor, Deputy Commander Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center 

July 14  

New York, NY
Lunch with Susan Maybaum, BENS Senior Vice President for Projects

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Featured News

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Defense One
(June 8, 2015)

Commissary privatization stokes concern among critics
Military Times
(June 3, 2015)

Presidential Transition: More Than Names on a Whiteboard
The Honorable Gordon England & Gen Norton Schwartz, USAF (ret.) - The Cipher Brief
(June 1, 2015)

BENS CEO on The Cats Round Table with John Catsimatidis
(May 24, 2015)

Should we collect intelligence domestically?
James M. Rosenbluth & Alfred R. Berkeley - Baltimore Sun
(May 14, 2015)

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