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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.

Who We Are

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 6: Dr. David Bray

Technologist and data expert Dr. David Bray is a leader with the World Economic Forum and a scholar with civil...
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Happy Independence Day from BENS

On this most American of holidays, we celebrate the birth of the greatest country on earth. The Declaration of Independence was an audacious statement in 1776, issued and adopted by...
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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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Upcoming Events

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Dinner Discussion on Modernizing the Army’s Industrial Base with General Daly, Materiel Command

Please join BENS for dinner and a discussion with Gen. Edward M. Daly, USA, Commanding General of Army Materiel Command,...
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US Military Strength and Readiness with Dakota Wood

BENS DC hosts Mr. Dakota Wood, editor of The Heritage Foundation's Index of U.S. Military Strength, for a discussion of...
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Virtual Discussion with Jen Easterly, Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly will join BENS members for a virtual discussion on the importance...

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