STRONGER TOGETHER: Courageous Conversations About the Role of Trust in Securing Our Nation

presented by Rubicon Technologies, LLC 
October 27 - 29, 2022 | Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort | Naples, Florida

Business Executives for National Security will host its 40th Anniversary Policy Forum and Eisenhower Award Dinner on October 27-29, 2022, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida

Confirmed Moderators and Panelists

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George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States and
Founder of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

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General Keith Alexander

CEO & President, IronNet
Cybersecurity; former
Commander, USCYBERCOM

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Teresa Carlson

Corporate VP, Microsoft,
and Non-Executive Chair,
KnightSwan

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Jen Easterly

Director, US Cybersecurity
and Infrastructure Security
Agency

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Sue Gordon

Chairwoman, OneWeb
Technologies, and former
Principal Deputy Director of
National Intelligence

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David Ignatius

Associate Editor & Columnist
The Washington Post

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Ginni Rometty

Chairman, President &
CEO (ret.), IBM

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David Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Carlyle Group

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Demetri Sevastopulo

US-China Correspondent
The Financial Times

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Brian Sullivan

Anchor, CNBC’s
“Worldwide Exchange”

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General Joseph Votel

USA (Ret.)
President & CEO BENS

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Juan Zarate

Global Co-Managing
Partner & Chief Strategy
Officer, K2 Integrity

Eisenhower Gala Awardees

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Christopher Wray

Director, Federal Bureau
of Invstigation

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Avril Haines

Director of National Intelligence

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Arvind Krishna

Chairman & CEO, IBM

This event celebrates BENS’ forty-year legacy of bringing the best in business together with senior military and government officials to leverage private sector expertise in developing solutions to some of the Nation’s most complex security challenges.

The current strategic environment demands true partnership between American business, industry and leaders from across the national security enterprise. This Forum will investigate the essential role of trust in developing the strong foundation required for those partnerships. Beginning on Thursday evening and continuing through the day on Friday, seven hard-hitting conversations among globally recognized experts will drill down into areas where business’ responsibility to clients, shareholders and investors may or may not align with the missions of our Nation’s security organizations, presenting challenges to the development of trusting relationships.

On Friday evening, the Eisenhower Award Dinner will celebrate exemplary Americans from the public and private sectors whose contributions to our Nation’s security best reflect the spirit of President Eisenhower’s call for each of us, as citizens, soldiers and
public servants, to become involved so that “liberty and security can prosper together.” On Saturday morning, the Forum will close with the Chairman’s Golf Outing to benefit the American Gold Star Mothers organization.

BENS’ 40th Anniversary events will bring together elite business executives, tech innovators, national security stakeholders, noted journalists, key thought leaders, Administration officials, and other decision-makers for the purposes of deep thinking, debate, relationship building and socializing.

Fireside chat with Honorees at the 2021 Eisenhower Awards gala

Our Theme: Stronger Together

The current strategic environment demands true partnership between American business and industry and leaders from across the national security enterprise.

This Forum will investigate the essential role of trust in developing the strong foundation required for those partnerships. Six hard-hitting conversations among recognized global experts will drill down into areas where business’ responsibility to clients, shareholders and investors may not align with the missions of our Nation’s security organizations, presenting challenges to the development of trusting relationships.

Focus Conversations

Powering America’s Future: National Security Implications of Transitioning to New Energy

The Critical Importance of Trust to Our National Security... A Conversation with David Rubenstein

America’s Enduring China Challenge: Thinking Big and Innovating at Speed to Maintain Our Competitive Edge

Getting to ZERO: Security and Sustainability Benefits of Becoming a Wastes-Free World

When Data Rules the World: Keys to Collecting, Leveraging and Protecting It

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Fireside chat with honorees at the 2022 Eisenhower Awards Gala

Schedule of Events

Opening Reception and Keynote Conversation

“Rebuilding the American Consensus for National Security”
A conversation between George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and Founder of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and General Joseph Votel, USA (Ret.) President & CEO, Business Executives for National Security

Who Should Attend

  • C-Suite equivalent business executives committed to bringing private sector expertise to assist the National Security Enterprise.
  • Leading executives and entrepreneurs in tech, VC and private equity.
  • Current and former leaders from the Defense, Homeland
    Security, Intelligence and Federal Law Enforcement
    communities.

Contact Us

If you need assistance registering or have additional questions about the event, please contact our team at 40thAnniversary@bens.org.