Business of Defense and National Security

Helping improve business operations of the Department of Defense and other security agencies has become a cornerstone of BENS. The Pentagon alone oversees hundreds of billions of dollars in annual procurement, overhead, and infrastructure, and can benefit from proven practices that streamline processes and optimize purchasing. BENS members, who have successfully maneuvered through these issues in their own corporations, can pass their knowledge and expertise to help our security agencies do the same.

Selected work include:

Corporate Reorganization: Keys for Success provides recommendations for efficiently dividing the Pentagon's Office of the Under Secretary of Acquisition, Technology & Logistics into two distinct Under Secretaries, as mandated by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

Real Property Management: A Management and Efficiency Report is a summary of BENS’ 2016 partnership that reviewed the Department of Homeland Security’s management of real property, with a specific emphasis on employing the concept of shared services to assist in meeting the Department’s “Unity of Effort” objectives.

Modernizing Military Compensation Series analyzes military retirement, health care, and commissary benefit to offer insights and recommendations for creating a more sustainable and effective military compensation system.

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.

Call to Action: BENS Tail to Tooth 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.

Acquiring Innovation

It is commonly accepted that the Department of Defense (DoD) now finds itself a net importer of innovative technology. It is also acknowledged that the wider defense acquisition system is designed in a manner that discourages the full participation of the private sector. That's why BENS is working with stakeholders and defense officials, including the Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations, to design and conduct activities that expand the innovation ecosystem, and specifically seek ways DoD can better seek and leverage the businesses that have the products they need. Click on the infographics which summarize recent findings.

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