Events

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With the health and safety of our members, partners, and staff paramount to our organization, BENS continues to closely monitor the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and adhere to all precautions and guidance set forth by our local, state, and federal officials. We will resume our live event schedule when appropriate, and in the meantime will host events virtually. If you are a member and are not receiving invites to BENS virtual events, please contact your Regional Director or email BENS@bens.org.

 

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Wednesday February 24
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
BENS is hosting a virtual forum on February 24, 2021 to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the BENS Tail-to-Tooth Commission report and illuminate how BENS members can once again assist the Department of Defense with its current challenges. The Tail-to-Tooth Commission was a seminal effort for BENS, when from 1997-2001, former U.S. Senator Warren Rudman and former Chairman and CEO of ADP Inc., Josh Weston led a group of business leaders to identify more than a dozen best business practices to help the Department reduce its back-office functions so resources could be reallocated to combat readiness and effectiveness. Those efforts ultimately joined a wave of positive reform over the following two decades that rebalanced the tail-to-tooth ratio from 70:30 in 2001 to 55:45 today, and became a marker for how BENS members could best utilize their expertise to assist the Department. Now, with the Department looking to address today's challenges such as geostrategic competition from Great Powers, siloed military modernization strategies, and potentially austere budget environments - along with a new Administration aiming to crystalize the nation's defense posture - BENS believes February is an ideal moment to renew conversations between the public and private sector. And provide a fresh exchange of ideas on the best practices for meeting the Pentagon's goals. The forum will feature many of the nation's top defense leaders and experts who will reflect on past efforts and identify new measures for improving military readiness, strength and efficiency. Panels will explore the current defense challenges, requirements for addressing Great Power competitors, and processes for becoming more agile under budgetary pressures - all focused through BENS' prism of applying best business practices.
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Thursday February 25
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
BENS SE presents a Virtual Discussion with Michael E. Leiter, Partner, National Security; CFIUS and Foreign Investment Reviews; Cybersecurity and Privacy; Congressional Investigations and Government Policy at Skadden.
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Thursday February 25
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Join us Thursday, February 25th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm Central Time for an Army Intelligence briefing with Lieutenant General Laura Potter, Army Deputy Chief of Staff G2. In this virtual BENS conversation, LTG Potter will go behind the headlines on Army Intelligence, discussing what she and her team are doing to shorten the cycle time for the US Army decision making, as well as how the US Army is expanding its partnerships within the broader intelligence community.
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Wednesday March 10
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Virtual Discussion with Suzanne Spaulding and Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker.
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Wednesday March 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BENS NY Presents a Virtual Discussion with VADM Robert D. Sharp, Director - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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Thursday March 11
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
BENS Chicago presents a discussion w/General Stephen R. Lyons, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command.
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Tuesday March 16
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
BENS Georgia presents a virtual discussion with Dr. John Zangardi, President of Redhorse for "A Renaissance Discussion on Cyber Resiliency"
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Wednesday March 17
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Virtual Discussion on the Abraham Accords with former Robert Greenway, who served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council's Middle Eastern and North African Affairs Directorate
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Friday March 19
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BENS NY Presents a Virtual Discussion with BENS President and CEO, General Joseph Votel, USA (Ret.)
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Wednesday March 31
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
BENS Chicago presents a discussion with Lt. Gen. William J. Liquori, Jr. Deputy Chief of Space Operations, US Space Force
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Wednesday April 7
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Join the Southeast Region as we host Member Adam Golodner for a discussion on the BENS Technology & Innovation Council 5G Roll-Out.
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Tuesday April 13
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BENS DC Presents a a conversation with Lieutenant General Leslie C. Smith, The Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Army. The mission of the Office of the Inspector General is to provide impartial, objective and unbiased advice and oversight to the Army through relevant, timely and thorough inspection, assistance, investigations, and training. The OIG also works to promote and enable stewardship, accountability, integrity, efficiency and good order and discipline to enhance total Army readiness. LTG Smith will discuss how his office plays a major role in ensuring the Army is taking care of its people and enhancing readiness.
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Tuesday April 20
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
BENS Chicago presents an economic espionage conversation set with David Laufman, immediate past Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ)
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Wednesday April 21
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
BENS DC Presents a conversation with Mr. David Spirk, Chief Data Officer (CDO), Department of Defense. David is responsible for strengthening data management across the DoD and accelerating the transition to a data-centric culture. Additionally, he oversees implementation of DoD’s modernization strategy. Part of the strategy includes collaborating more closely with industry and non-DOD mission partners to better focus IT investments to take advantage of the department's massive -- but decentralized -- troves of data.
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Tuesday May 18
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Virtual Discussion with Dr. Michael G. Vickers, former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, for a discussion on "National Security Challenges facing the Biden Administration and Beyond."
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Wednesday September 8
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Virtual Discussion with BENS Southeast Members Don Harkleroad and Chris Marlin for a DAVOS World Economic Forum De-Brief.
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Event registration summary
Sharpening DoD’s Competitive Edge: Tail-to-Tooth at 20 (EST):
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Discussion with Michael Leiter - VIRTUAL (EST):
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Discussion with Lt. Gen. Laura Potter, DCOS Army - VIRTUAL (CST):
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Discussion with Suzanne Spaulding & Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker - VIRTUAL (EST):
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Discussion with VADM Robert D. Sharp, Director - NGA - VIRTUAL (EST):
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Discussion with General Stephen Lyons, TRANSCOM - VIRTUAL (CST):
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Discussion with Dr. John Zangardi - VIRTUAL (EDT):
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Discussion on Abraham Accords -VIRTUAL (CDT):
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Discussion with General Joseph Votel, BENS CEO - VIRTUAL (EDT):
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Discussion with Lt. Gen. William J. Liquori, US Space Force - VIRTUAL (CDT):
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SE, Technology & Innovation Council 5G Roll-Out with BENS Member Adam Golodner (EST):
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Discussion w/LTG Smith, Army IG - VIRUTAL (EDT):
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Discussion with David Laufman, past Chief of CES, DOJ - VIRTUAL(CDT):
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Discussion w/Dave Spirk, Chief Data Officer, DOD (EDT):
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SE Virtual Discussion with Dr. Michael G. Vickers (EST):
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Discussion with BENS SE Members Don Harkleroad and Chris Marlin for a Davos De-Brief - VIRTUAL:
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