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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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…

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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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...
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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...
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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

Past Events

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Luncheon discussion on Vladimir Putin and Russia – Houston

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

Luncheon discussion on Vladimir Putin and Russia with former Moscow Station Chief Glenn Corn
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Discussion on Operational Psychology

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