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Adopting Generative AI: Pathways for Defense

Like the private sector and other organizations striving to improve efficiency and effectiveness, the Department of Defense (DoD) has increasingly embraced generative AI. Yet, for all its promise, the adoption of generative AI by the DoD has not been without hurdles. To gain insights into these adoption challenges – and possible solutions – BENS recently interviewed industry leaders ...

Building U.S. Commercial Bonds in West Africa: Reflections from a BENS Delegation to Benin and Cote D’Ivoire

With a growing, youthful workforce and a wealth of natural resources, West Africa is a region with economic opportunity. However, stability in the region has come under serious stress from successful and attempted coups in recent years. This anti-democratic wave has also challenged U.S. efforts to sustain and enhance its relationships in the region…

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


Power Hour with Mustafa Koita

Join us for an in-person briefing with Dubai-based BENS member, Mustafa Koita, Founder and CEO of Koita Foods.  We will...

Discussion w/VADM William Merz

Conversation with Vice Admiral William "Bill" Merz, USN (Ret.), former 7th Fleet Commander and Director of the Undersea Warfare Division

Dinner with Sarah Morgenthau

Join us for a conversation over dinner with Special Representative Sarah Morgenthau. Special Representative Morgenthau's leadership within the State Department's...

Past Events


Fireside Chat w/Dr. Jonathan D.T. Ward

Please join BENS Chairman, Mark Gerencser for an important conversation with Dr. Jonathan D. T.  Ward, Author, China’s Vision of Victory and The Decisive...

Dinner Discussion on the 75th IC & US Army Futures Command

Please join us for a special dinner discussion on Tuesday, June 25th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm with SE BENS...

Luncheon discussion on Vladimir Putin and Russia – Houston

Luncheon discussion on Vladimir Putin and Russia with former Moscow Station Chief Glenn Corn.