Events

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

BENS Virtual Discussion with Jonathan Pelson, author of Wireless Wars: China’s Dangerous Domination of 5G and How We’re Fighting Back

Join us for a virtual discussion with Jonathan Pelson, author of Wireless Wars: China's Dangerous Domination of 5G and How We're Fighting Back. As the world rolls out transformational 5G services, it has become increasingly clear that China may be able to disrupt—or even access—the wireless networks that carry our medical, financial, and even military…

Discussion with Former Deputy SOCOM Commander VADM Tim Szymanski, USN (Ret.)

University of Texas Club 2108 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin, TX

BENS Texas is pleased to present an Austin conversation on the impact of 20 years of constant war on our special forces with Former Deputy SOCOM Commander VADM Tim Szymanski, USN (Ret.), who retired earlier this year.  Special forces are highly trained military units created to perform unconventional covert missions in defense of a nation’s…

$50

Luncheon Discussion with Major General Andrew Gebara, USAF, Commander, Eighth Air Force

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

BENS Dallas, Texas will host a discussion with Major General Andrew Gebara, USAF, Commander, Eighth Air Force, and Commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Barksdale Air Force Base. Maj. Gen. Andrew J. Gebara is the Commander, Eighth Air Force, and Commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. "The Mighty Eighth" is responsible for…

$60

BENS Southeast Luncheon and Discussion with Tampa FBI SAC David Walker

The Capital Grille of Tampa 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, Florida

SAC David Walker is a lawyer turned FBI special agent. He joined the FBI in 1998 and has been posted around the globe. He has worked in embassies, various field offices but has stayed focused on counter terrorism, to include time on the esteemed FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). You can find SAC Walker's FULL…

$35

MEMBERS ONLY: Commander’s Series Conversation with Admiral Linda L. Fagan, 27th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

Yale Club 50 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, New York

A luncheon discussion with Admiral Linda L. Fagan, 27th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, becoming the first Female Service Chief in June.  ADM Fagan will discuss her goals to transform the Coast Guard, which include deploying innovative recruiting practices, revolutionizing talent management policies, and further focus on investments in technology and critical infrastructure. Participation…

$75 – $500

MEMBERS ONLY: Virtual Conversation with Lieutenant General Christopher T. Donahue, The Last American Soldier To Leave Afghanistan

Virtual

The last soldier to leave Afghanistan and among the first in Poland amid the Ukraine crisis, now serves as the Commander of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps. Lt. Gen. Donahue, leads more than 90,000 troops in four divisions, including the 82nd Airborne, and numerous brigades. The corps is the Army’s strategic response force that “rapidly…

Free

MEMBERS ONLY: Virtual Discussion with Andy Milburn, CEO, The Mozart Group:  On-the-ground assessment from Ukraine

Virtual - Microsoft Teams

BENS presents our 2nd engagement with Andrew Milburn, Founder of The Mozart Group. Mr. Milburn will be joining us from Ukraine with an on-the-ground assessment of the crisis. Mr. Milburn joined for an event back in May. Since early June he and his team have been working in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine -- helping…

Free

Social Media’s Use by Extremists

University of Texas Club 2108 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin, TX

AUSTIN - Luncheon discussion on how extremists from all ideologies use social media and how social media by design abets them.

$50

Social Media’s Use by Extremists

Club Giraud 707 N. St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, Texas

SAN ANTONIO - Luncheon discussion on how extremists from all ideologies use social media and how social media by design abets them

$50

Social Media’s Use by Extremists

Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa 111 North Post Oak Ln, Houston, Texas

HOUSTON - Luncheon discussion on how extremists from all ideologies use social media and how social media by design abets them

$60