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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Explore Our Inaugural Edition of BENS Insights: Elevating Thought Leadership in National Security

With expert insights from BENS members, we delve into diverse perspectives on pressing global challenges and their implications for both business and national security. Join us as we explore these critical topics alongside our network of BENS members and senior leaders within the national security enterprise.

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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.

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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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Luncheon w/Director Kelly McKeague

Please join BENS SE for a luncheon conversation with Kelly McKeague, Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, on Friday,...
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,...

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,...

Past Events

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Discussion on the Law of Armed Conflict

The law of armed conflict is the branch of international law that establishes what may and may not be done...
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MEMBERS ONLY: Luncheon w/General Ray

Please join us for a great opportunity for Southeast members to meet with and hear directly from BENS President and...
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Cyber-Protection in the Geo-Political World of Today

Please join BENS for a luncheon conversation on Friday, April 12th as we host a luncheon conversation with Dr. Philipp...