Events

BENS hosts a wide variety of in-person and virtual events. Most events are only open to members.

MEMBERS ONLY: Visit to SOFWERX

SOFWERX serves as an innovation platform for the United States Special Operations Command as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by bringing the best of Government, Industry, Academia, and National Labs together to help solve challenging problems encountered by Special Operations Forces. SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement, established in September of 2015, between DEFENSEWERX and…

Free

Luncheon w/Director Kelly McKeague

The Buckhead Club 3344 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Please join BENS SE for a luncheon conversation with Kelly McKeague, Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, on Friday, April 26th. We will discuss keeping our nation’s promise to Gold Star Families to bring their loved ones home. We will also discuss the technological advances that are better-enabling mission success and the agency’s diplomacy…

$40

Spring BENS Dining Out

Blue Ridge Grill 1261 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Please plan to join us at Blue Ridge Grill for our annual Southeast Spring BENS Dining Out (BDO). As always, this will be a great evening of great food and fellowship. Space is limited, so please don't hesitate to RSVP!

$150

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, please contact Matthew Elias (MElias@bens.org).

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 of the Center for Economic Development Research at the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute. Dr. Meek will be discussing US National Debt as a National Security Risk. Alfie Meek, Ph.D., is the Director of the…

$40

ISRAEL SERIES: Discussion w/Dr. Jonathan Schanzer

Virtual - Microsoft Teams

Join BENS for a Virtual Discussion with Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Dr. Schanzer will discuss Israel's response to Iran’s attack and a Rafah offensive. Jonathan previously worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he followed and froze the funding of…

Free

Discussion with Larry Smith (Dallas)

Crescent Club of Dallas 200 Crescent Ct # 17, Dallas, TX

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

$60

Discussion on Operational Psychology

Shenkman Capital Management 151 W 42nd Street, 29th Floor, New York, New York, United States

Please join BENS NY for a luncheon conversation on operational psychology with Dr. Dana S. LaFon on Wednesday, June 5th. Dr. LaFon recently served as chief and founder of the National Security Agency’s Office of Operational Psychology and Cyberpsychology, which is responsible for scaling behavioral-based insights for whole-of-government operations. With deep expertise in indirect psychological…

$35

REFUNDS: Event Registration Fees are fully refundable up to 3 business days before the event. After that time, they are non-refundable as BENS has already incurred the expense of registration. Contact your Regional Director, the event coordinator, or email BENS@bens.org to withdraw from an event and begin the refund process. For additional information on refunds and payment policies, please visit our payment information page.