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Joseph Benkert, MPP
Senior Advisor at Morrison & Foerster


Joe 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. He previously served as a leading civilian official in the Department of Defense (DoD) from 2003-2009 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. More recently, he served as a Vice President of a leading global consultancy group, under former Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

Agenda Sessions

  • Navigate through COVID-19 turmoil and safeguard cross-border life sciences transactions