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Beyond the South China Sea: U.S.-Philippines Relationship Cannot be Taken for Granted

There is much more to the China challenge in the Philippines than the South China Sea.  by Ramon Marks

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BENS Summary of the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
The FY23 NDAA authorizes $858B for national defense. The FY23 Omnibus Bill also appropriated $858B for defense spending. The BENS team has summarized some of the key legislative provisions of relevance to BENS.


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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 40: Shelly O’Neill Stoneman

In this episode of Building the Base, Lauren Bedula and Hondo Geurts welcome Shelly O'Neill Stoneman, Senior Vice President of...

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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Petraeus Tx

Lunch with General David Petraeus

Luncheon discussion on the evolution of warfare with GEN David Petraeus USA (Ret.)
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SE Holiday Social

Please join us for a festive evening with friends, fellowship, great food, and an open bar. Please bring your significant...
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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


Lunch Discussion on the AUKUS Agreement – San Antonio

Join us for a luncheon discussion on the AUKUS Agreement with former US Naval Attache to Australia, Captain Matthew Ort,...

Lunch Discussion on the AUKUS Agreement – Houston

Join us for a luncheon discussion on the AUKUS Agreement with former US Naval Attache to Australia, Captain Matthew Ort,...

Discussion with Adam Frost

Please join BENS as we host a coffee conversation with Adam Frost, Senior Vice President for China, and Transformational Exports...