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5G A Guide to Adoption report cover5G: A Guide to Secure Adoption By Business assesses security challenges introduced by 5G technology and recommends methods for mitigating them in the private sector.




Talent Management: A Strategy for Great Power Competition provides best practices to recruit, develop, and retain top talent.




Energy Grid Resilience Report outlines four state-level approaches for grid resiliency that would lead to a more resilient national grid if applied across the country.




2021 Leadership ReportBENS 2021 Leadership Report is a compendium of experiences and impact BENS members made throughout the year.




Cybersecurity Standards of Care 101: Prioritizing Risk Management is a series of risk management practices that prepare organizations for cyber threats and events.

BENS Leadership Report 2020 is a compendium of experiences and impact BENS members made in the second-half of 2019.

BENS Leadership Report | Fall 2019 is a compendium of experiences and impact BENS members made in the second-half of 2019.

BENS Leadership Report | Spring 2019 is a compendium of experiences and impact BENS members made in the first-half of 2019.

BENS Leadership Report | Fall 2018 is a compendium of experiences and impact BENS members made in the second-half of 2018.

Building the National Security Bench | 2018 is a set of recommendations that would ensure experienced and qualified national security leaders are in place to help manage today's complex security environment.

BENS Leadership Report | Spring 2018 is a compendium of experiences and impact BENS members have made in 2017 through the first quarter of 2018.

Key Insights for Transforming Organizations
A study on how to plan and execute corporate transformation that would result in organization-wide adoption of analytic-based decision-making.

Cybersecurity Education in MBA Programs
A summary of BENS' engagement to identify potential topics, teaching modules, and formats for business-relevant cyber education.

Beyond Flashpoints: Creating Sustainable Public-Private Partnerships in Chicago
A report offering a compelling, value-driven business case for public-private partnerships and provides five recommendations to incentivize, communicate, and manage interactions between law enforcement and local business communities.

Corporate Reorganization: Keys for Success
A series of 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.

2016 BENS Leadership Report
An annual review of member experience and impact in 2016.

Real Property Management: A Management and Efficiency Report
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.

Private Partnerships, Public Safety
An examination of the trends in today’s threat environment and one potential approach to address them — a more integrated, networked approach to public safety.

Campaign 2016
A candidates and voters guide to security reform, offering fresh solutions to address current challenges ranging from cyber security to domestic terrorism.

Domestic Security Revisited
Builds upon BENS' seminal 2015 study, Domestic Security: Confronting a Changing Threat to Ensure Public Safety and Civil Liberties, and explores the progress U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have made in the areas of information sharing, interagency collaboration, and personnel development.

2015 BENS Leadership Report
A compendium of impact BENS members made in 2015.

Talent Management: Maintaining America's Operational Advantage
A summary of BENS' initiative with the U.S. Navy that was aimed at improving human resource practices within the service.

Making Senior Government Service More Attractive
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.

Domestic Security: Confronting a Changing Threat to Ensure Public Safety and Civil Liberties
Ten recommendations to confront today's domestic terrorist threat and bolster U.S. domestic counterterrorism efforts.

2014 BENS Leadership Report
From targeted projects to discussions with key officials, the BENS Leadership Report highlights all the many ways BENS members have helped to improve our nation's security in 2014.

Providing an Enduring Military Retirement Benefit
Part of BENS' Modernizing Military Compensation Series, this report discusses the cost of the military retirement benefit and need for reform, as well as recommends a retirement system that would better suit a 21st century military.

Value Based Practices for Military Health Care
Part of BENS' Modernizing Military Compensation Series, this paper offers three practices that could curb rising military health care costs while maintaining or improving quality of care.

The Commissary Benefit and Evaluting the Need for Reform
Part of BENS' Modernizing Military Compensation Series, this report discusses the military commissary benefit's cost and relative value to the military and assesses selected reforms to the commissary system that have been recommended by various organizations.

Security in the New Energy Landscape: Assessing the Geostrategic Impact of the Unconventional Oil & Gas Revolution
A comprehensive issue paper exploring the economic and geostrategic effect of the surge in oil and gas resources in the United States.

Finding Efficiencies in the Business of Defense: Reducing Fuel Cost for the Defense Logistics Agency
An assessment of measures that reduce the Defense Logistics Agency's fuel procurement, storage and transportation costs.

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 Recommendations
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.

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.

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
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 Commission
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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