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We match the best talent in business together with senior national security leaders to apply best practices and cutting-edge ideas to solve some of the Nation's most complex and pressing national security challenges.

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We are a nationwide network of elite business leaders who are united in the belief that private-sector expertise can assist the national security enterprise to ensure that the United States remains secure.  We are a trusted nonpartisan nonprofit with 40 years of experience bringing pro-bono private-sector executive talent to partner with the government’s national security agencies.

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BENS President and CEO, General Votel (Ret.) interviews BENS members for insights on national security trends and highlights public-private cooperation to solve security challenges.

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Episode 15: David Bonfili, ACME General Corp.

General Joseph Votel speaks with BENS New York member, David Bonfili. David is CEO of ACME General Corporation, a consulting...

In-depth series featuring business and national security experts providing an insider’s perspective on today’s most vexing challenges facing our nation’s security.

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Building the Base episode 5: Kirsten Bartok Touw, Co-Founder, New Vista Capital

Kirsten Bartok Touw is Co-Founder of New Vista Capital and Managing Partner of AirFinance. She is an active early-stage investor...
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Forging the Industrial Network the Nation Needs

Op-ed by General Joseph Votel and James Hondo Geurts The National Interest The might of the U.S. industrial base over the last eighty years has served the country well. The...
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Congress of Vienna Redux: How the OSCE Can Foster Peace in Ukraine

Op-ed in The National Interest By Ramon Marks The path to a diplomatic resolution of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine remains uncertain and, at this stage of the fighting, there is...

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Upcoming Events

Virtual Discussion Industrys Role In Geostrategic Competition AEI

Virtual Discussion on Industry’s Role in Geostrategic Competition, co-hosted with AEI

Moderated by retired Army General Joseph Votel, BENS will cohost a timely virtual panel discussion with the American Enterprise Insititute...
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Virtual Discussion with General Amos Gilead, former Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Israeli Ministry of Defense

BENS hosts General Amos Gilead, former Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
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Virtual Discussion with Dr. Jeffrey Cole on “Economic Futures…Winners and Losers”

BENS hosts Jeffrey Cole, Director & CEO, Center for the Digital Future for a discussion on "Economic Futures … Winners...

Past Events

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Vayl Oxford, DTRA

BENS NY Presents a Virtual Discussion with Vayl Oxford, Director- Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
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Bill Priestap and Holden Triplett

BENS discussion on how the business world is being transformed by nation-state threat competition and its weapon of choice, espionage,...
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Gen. Timothy Ray, USAF

BENS NY Presents a Virtual Discussion with General Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command