Materials & Publications

Leadership Report 2013: The BENS Member Experience
BENS Leadership Report
 highlights the many opportunities members had to learn about pressing national security issues and to share their private sector expertise to advance America's national security.

Power the Fight: Capturing Smart Microgrid Potential for DoD Installation Energy Security
BENS has produced a report on improving energy security on domestic military installations. Written with the support of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment, the report 
guides the Department toward cost-effective development of smart microgrid technology that ensure electricity critical to military operations is available at all times.

A Retrospective: BENS' Impact on Public/Private Partnerships
Well before the tragic events of September 11, 2001 or Hurricane Katrina, Business Executives for National Security (BENS) recognized the need to build regional partnerships from the ground-up. We recognized that these partnerships are the best way for business and government to leverage their combined strengths to defend the population, government institutions and private infrastructure from natural and man-made disasters. (September 2011)

Defense Efficiency Initiative: BENS Reccomendations 
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, the procurement process, information technology, the management and use of facilities, and strategic planning and continuous improvement.

Campaign 2010
Innovative Ideas for Securing America: A guide for candiates and voters. This non-partisan guide provides i
nnovative solutions to national security challenges facing the United States, drawing on the experience and proven practices of the private sector.

Getting to Best: Reforming the Defense Acquisition Enterprise
A business-minded review of the defense acquisition system and recommended reforms from the BENS Task Force on Defense Acquisition Law and Oversight, chaired by Norm Augustine (July 2009)

Cyber Security Inquiry 2008 – After Action Report from Strategic Simulation 
On December 17-18, 2008, BENS, in cooperation with Booz Allen Hamilton, held a two-day cyber simulation event including the participation of 230 leaders from government, industry and civil society, as well as many BENS members.  This After Action Report summarizes the elements of the simulation, followed by the insights and recommendations that grew out of the gathering on matters including leadership, governance, resilience and public awareness.

Campaign 2008
Innovative Ideas for Securing America: A guide for candiates and voters. This non-partisan guide provides innovative solutions to national security challenges facing the United States, drawing on the experience and proven practices of the private sector.

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
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, cultural and organizational impediments that contribute to the breakdown in the overall acquisition system. (August 2008)

The Intelligence Community Analysis Project
Is an investigation into analytical and evaluation best practices of the business community. This report, conducted at the request of our government partners, is the product of individual interviews with the senior leadership of 20 diverse firms that conduct analysis in a manner analogous to our nation’s Intelligence Community agencies. (June 2008)

Getting Down to Business
A plan for public-private disaster coordination. (January 2007)

Getting Ready: Company Primer on Preparedness and Response Planning for Terrorist and Bioterrorist Attacks
(Revised 2007)

Call to Action: BENS Tail to Tooth Comission
The BENS Tail-to-Tooth Commission’s Call to Action heavily influenced the Department’s Defense Transformation effort. The Commission focused on four areas (Acquisition reform, Base realignment and closure (BRAC), Private-sector partnering and Planning, Programming and Budgeting System (PPBS) reform) where spending smarter could have a real impact on the Pentagon’s bottom line. (May 2001)

The Report of the Independent Panel on the Central Intelligence Agency In-Q-Tel Venture
In early 1999, the Central Intelligence Agency recognized it was no longer the technology leader it had been when it developed the SR-71 and Corona reconnaissance programs in the 1950s and 1960s. Facing the reality that the private sector — not government — was leading the information technology revolution, the CIA proposed, with congressional approval, a brand new entity: In-Q-Tel. BENS agreed to form an Independent Panel to conduct an inquiry. (June 2001)

BRAC Testimony – William H. Tremayne
The Base Closure and Realignment process (BRAC), based on a concept proposed by BENS member Bill Tremayne, was established in the late 1980s to take the politics out of closing bases. The BRAC Commission, acting on recommendations from the Secretary of Defense, prepares a list of proposed closures and realignments to be accepted or rejected in total by the President and Congress.

BRAC Transformation Options Report
Despite BRAC’s success, the military still has more bases than it needs, causing a drain on money and resources. We assess that the most recent round of closures (2005) fell short of the goals established: the Defense Department estimates only a 5% reduction in infrastructure (as measured by Plant Replacement Value) out of the 20-25% identified excess.

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