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Uncategorized | Jul 10, 2014

BGS Managing Director Andrew Shapiro Participates In A Simulation Of A Crisis In The South China Sea At The Center For Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Shapiro played the role of Secretary of State in a simulation at CSIS. The participants role-played how the U.S. Government would respond to a conflict between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.

Interviews | Jun 19, 2014

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith In The Los Angeles Times Discusses The Obama Administration’s Strategy In Iraq

Smith says there is “a fundamental strategic framework for [President Obama] that tilts toward not intervening and looking to see what other instruments are available to deal with a crisis.”


Announcements | Jun 16, 2014

Kristin White Joins Beacon Global Strategies

BGS is pleased to announce that Kristin White has joined the firm as Vice President.


Articles | Jun 13, 2014

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith Discusses President Obama’s Iraq Policy

Smith considers how recent events in Iraq have affected the President’s efforts to define his foreign policy.


Articles | Jun 03, 2014

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen Addresses The Effect Of The NSA Leaks On Cybersecurity Legislation, Speaking At A Bloomberg Government Event

Allen said the Snowden leaks “stymied progress across the board on cybersecurity legislation.”


Articles | Jun 03, 2014

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith Writes An Article Published In The Wall Street Journal: “What To Listen For In Obama’s Warsaw Speech”

Smith says Obama’s address in Warsaw will have three distinct audiences: Eastern Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Western Europe. She argues that Obama’s core message “must be that the U.S. is ready and willing to reassure its allies and support Ukraine’s new government but that it will not do so on its own.”


Announcements | May 27, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary Of Defense And CIA Director Leon E. Panetta Joins BGS As Senior Counselor

Beacon Global Strategies LLC (BGS) is pleased to announce that former United States Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta has joined the firm as Senior Counselor. Secretary Panetta served as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013. He oversaw the final removal of American troops from Iraq as well as the beginning of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. He led the effort to develop a new defense strategy to advance greater agility, protect national security and meet fiscal discipline, opened up new opportunities for everyone to serve in the military and protected benefits for wounded warriors and their families.

Before joining the Department of Defense, Secretary Panetta served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011. Secretary Panetta led the agency and managed human intelligence and open source collection programs on behalf of the intelligence community, and placed an emphasis on more racial diversity and increased language training for officers in the Agency. Most notably, he was responsible for overseeing the operation that resulted in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice.

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Interviews | May 20, 2014

BGS Counselor Michael Morell On CBS This Morning Discusses The U.S. Department Of Justice’s Indictment Of Five Chinese Military Officers

Morell said the U.S. should expect the Chinese to retaliate in response to the charges. He noted that the U.S. Government does not spy to help private U.S. companies, but rather it is “interested in national security information that can help the president keep our country safe.”


Interviews | May 19, 2014

BGS Managing Director Andrew Shapiro Discusses How Russia Is Withholding Military Cooperation To Affect U.S. Policy In Eastern Europe In Defense News

Shapiro considers the message Russia is trying to send by halting sales of the RD-180 engine used by the U.S. to launch satellites, and what it means for U.S.-Russia relations.


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