Bringing Business Expertise to Keep America Safe

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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Navigating the Critical Minerals Challenge: Insights from Industry Leaders

China controls much of the global market for minerals that serve as essential inputs into a wide range of modern technologies, including for defense capabilities, creating a dangerous supply vulnerability for the United States. But many of these efforts will take years to see fruition, and the U.S. dependence on China is likely to continue for some time.

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Discover the Impact: Explore the BENS Leadership Report!

Our BENS Leadership Report, encapsulates a year of impactful work shaping the future of national security. Dive into this comprehensive overview, highlighting our efforts, partnerships, and achievements—from fortifying the defense industrial base to empowering the next generation of BENS members. Learn more about how our members are contributing to the mission and partnering with senior leaders in the national security enterprise for a safer United States.

BENS 2023 Leadership Report

Who We Are

Welcome to Business Executives for National Security (BENS), where business executives unite with senior national security leaders to tackle our nation's most pressing security challenges. As a nonprofit, we're committed to strengthening national security, offering our services at no cost to the government. For more than 40 years, BENS has been at the forefront of fostering collaboration between the private sector and senior national security leaders, embodying core values of nonpartisanship, expertise, and integrity.

Our members, representing various industries and sectors, contribute invaluable insights and capabilities to bolster national defense. Together, we work to develop comprehensive solutions to complex security threats, shaping effective strategies and approaches to protect our nation and its citizens. By working together, we safeguard the future of our country and ensure a safer, more secure United States for generations to come.

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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 42: Jim Hake

In this episode of "Building the Base," hosts Lauren Bedula and Hondo Geurts welcome Jim Hake, the founder of Spirit...

Former BENS President and CEO, General Joe 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 22: Stephanie Chung

In Episode 22 of “5 Questions with the CEO,” General Joe Votel talks with trendsetting aviation executive and BENS member,...


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Upcoming Events

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ISRAEL SERIES: Discussion w/Dr. Jonathan Schanzer

Join BENS for a Virtual Discussion with Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Dr....
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Discussion with Larry Smith (Dallas)

Luncheon discussion on the geopolitics of microchip manufacturing with Larry Smith, Chairman at Tokyo Electron US Holdings Inc.

Discussion on Operational Psychology

Please join BENS NY for a luncheon conversation on operational psychology with Dr. Dana S. LaFon on Wednesday, June 5th....

Past Events


Lunch w/Dr. Alfie Meek

Please join us for another great luncheon with a timely topic where we will meet with Alfie Meek, Ph.D., Director...

Visit to Lockheed Martin Aero Plant

Visit to Lockheed Martin Aero Plant to tour the production line and receive briefings on the F-35. For additional information,...
BDO Spring 2024

Spring BENS Dining Out

Please plan to join us at Blue Ridge Grill for our annual Southeast Spring BENS Dining Out (BDO). As always,...