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.

Who We Are

We are a nationwide network of elite business leaders who are united in the belief that private-sector expertise can assist the national security enterprise to ensure that the United States remains secure.  We are a trusted nonpartisan nonprofit with 40 years of experience bringing pro-bono private-sector executive talent to partner with the government’s national security agencies.

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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...

BENS President and CEO, General 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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Power Hour with Mustafa Koita

Join us for an in-person briefing with Dubai-based BENS member, Mustafa Koita, Founder and CEO of Koita Foods.  We will...
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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
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Dinner with Sarah Morgenthau

Join us for a conversation over dinner with Special Representative Sarah Morgenthau. Special Representative Morgenthau's leadership within the State Department's...

Past Events

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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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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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Luncheon discussion on Vladimir Putin and Russia – Houston

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