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Announcements | Jun 03, 2015

David Shedd Joins Beacon Global Strategies’ Board of Advisors

Mr. Shedd was named Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in August 2014 following four years service as Deputy Director. Until January 2015 he led the Defense Intelligence Enterprise workforce. Mr. Shedd served from May 2007 to August 2010 as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Deputy Director for Policy, Plans, and Requirements. From May 2005 to April 2007, Mr. Shedd served as Chief of Staff and, later, Acting Director of the Intelligence Staff to the Director of National Intelligence. Between 1984 and 1993, Mr. Shedd served overseas in the U.S. Embassies in Costa Rica and Mexico.


Articles | May 26, 2015

BGS’ Managing Director Michael Allen And Technical Advisor Bryan Smith Warn Against Further Cuts To The US Intelligence Budget

Allen and Smith write that intelligence is more in demand than ever, stating that US policymakers will turn to the intelligence community to evaluate threats such as Russian aggression, ISIL, and cyber intrusions.


Announcements | May 22, 2015

BGS Managing Director Jeremy Bash Emphasizes The Need For Increased Intelligence And Special Operations In The Fight Against ISIS

Bash states that in order for the US to lessen ISIS’ capabilities, we will need increased effort by special operations forces, airstrikes, and intelligence collection.


Articles | May 21, 2015

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith Discusses The Need For A Bold American Agenda To Address International Security Challenges

“The world still relies on the West to solve global problems and underwrite international security,” Smith writes. “Small-scale tactical shifts that avoid taking risks and fail to challenge the status quo simply will not suffice.”


Interviews | May 20, 2015

BGS Managing Director Jeremy Bash Discusses On NBC Nightly News The Documents Found In Bin Laden’s Compound

Bash discusses the documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s compound, which reveal the terrorist leader’s continued focus on attacking the United States.

Articles | Apr 21, 2015

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen Discusses The DNI’s Past And Future Role In The Intelligence Community

Allen writes that “the gains made, and lessons learned, by the DNI over the past decade provide a solid foundation for continued progress toward the intelligence enterprise our country needs and deserves.”


Articles | Apr 02, 2015

Senior Vice President Julianne Smith Discusses Why Russia's Anti-Access And Area Denial (A2AD) Capabilities Are Just As Worrisome As China’s

In her co-authored piece featured in Defense One, Smith proposes that “Washington and its allies should start with a complete review of U.S. force posture in Europe…, the transatlantic allies should begin exercises that focus specifically on the A2/AD challenge…, and Washington should lock in the rotational forces that are currently in the region, ensure continued funding to support and exercises in Europe and avoid any near-term withdrawals of U.S. forces from the European continent.”


Announcements | Mar 16, 2015

Derek Chollet Joins Beacon Global Strategies

Derek Chollet Joins BGS as a Member of the Advisory Board and an Advisor to the Firm. Mark Simakovsky & Bryan Smith Join as Vice President & Technical Advisor, Respectively.


Publications | Mar 02, 2015

BGS Managing Director Andrew Shapiro In Defense News Provides Insight For Companies Aiming To Increase International Sales

BGS Managing Director Andrew Shapiro wrote in his Defense News Op-Ed that for US defense firms to find success in the international market, they will need to master the intersection of overseas demand and US foreign policy. He further explains how these companies should focus on establishing in-country presence and building long-term relationships with foreign militaries and US government officials.

As Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Shapiro managed foreign military sales for the Department of State through working closely with both US defense firms and foreign governments.


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