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Joseph Benkert

Senior Advisor, National Security

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Joseph Benkert is a senior advisor in Morrison & Foerster’s National Security practice group. He advises clients on critical national security matters pertaining to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, and various regulatory and compliance issues. Mr. Benkert previously served as a leading civilian official in the Department of Defense (DoD) under both the Bush and Obama administrations, including as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security Affairs after being nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate. While at the DoD, Mr. Benkert led the department’s involvement in numerous complex matters before CFIUS. Mr. Benkert’s responsibilities also included managing technology security policy, the reform of export control processes, numerous sensitive nonproliferation projects, and a broad range of other defense-related issues. More recently, Mr. Benkert served as a Vice President of a leading global consultancy group, under former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. Mr. Benkert was a career Navy officer with extensive experience both in operational command and in national security policy formulation and implementation.

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