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Gina Bennett

Gina M Bennett is a long-standing member of the Senior Analytic Service at the Central Intelligence Agency and currently on assignment as the Senior Advisor in the Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning in the National Counterterrorism Center. Ms. Bennett is a seasoned counterterrorism specialist who authored the earliest warnings about Osama Bin Laden and the extremist movement he inspired. Her analysis and career have been covered by major media outlets, featuring her role in raising women's voices in national security,  Intelligence, and counterterrorism for over three decades. Ms. Bennett is a  mother of 5 children; serves as an active honorary board member of Girl  Security -- a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating pathways for girls  to enter national security careers; and is an adjunct professor at  Georgetown University. She received her bachelor's degree at the  University of Virginia and her masters as a distinguished graduate of the  Marine Corps War College. 

As the author of “National Security Mom” and “National Security Mom 2:  America Needs a Timeout," Ms. Bennett has advocated for understanding  America’s national security, not as the tangible safety of US borders and  buildings, but as the resilience and courage required to remain true to our national character in the face of adversity—a lesson she learned as a  survivor of incest.

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NATIONAL SECURITY MOM offers the basics of current terrorism trends and national security policymaking from a parent's perspective. Written by a mother of five and 20-year veteran of counterterrorism in the US Intelligence Community, this book de-mystifies the underworld of terrorism and offers a unique comparison of how the super-secret intelligence approach to securing our nation is surprisingly similar to how parents secure their homes and families. By comparing the expertise parents gain while running their households to the skills required to govern, NATIONAL SECURITY MOM empowers America's parents to engage with confidence in the public national security debate. The simple premise, that everything we need to know about securing our nation we have learned from our family life, offers hope that no matter what security challenges America faces, our nation will be proud and secure. We need only follow the guidance we give our children, such as "clean up your own mess," "tell the truth," and "don't give in to a bully," to ensure our nation's welfare. Moms know that the most important lessons they teach their children will last a lifetime. Who better to entrust the security of our nation than mothers?

America is an emotional, misbehaving child and needs a time-out to reflect on our bad choices and recall the good people we really are. We were all children at one point. We were taught to behave well within our family, and with others. Families make up communities; communities make up towns and cities; and these make up our 50 states. Our 50 states make up our nation. So why at the national level do we think this advice no longer applies? In AMERICA NEEDS A TIME-OUT: NATIONAL SECURITY 2, Gina Bennett highlights how the indispensable parenting tool of a time-out could apply to America. Bennett explores what it will take to make human beings—in this case women and girls—truly secure. Bennett looks at the insecurity posed by the polarization of our country and offers a different framework than the norm for bridging our national divides. AMERICA NEEDS A TIME-OUT also shares the essays and letters of young women Bennett has taught, revealing what it truly takes to make the next generation feel secure in their daily lives.

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