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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.

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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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Leveraging U.S. Capital Markets to Support the Future Industrial Network

by Joseph L. Votel, Francis A. Finelli, and Samuel Cole War on the Rocks Editor’s Note: This article is the result of a multi-track study at Business Executives for National...
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Forging the Industrial Network the Nation Needs

Posted on June 24, 2022Op-ed by General Joseph Votel and James Hondo Geurts The National Interest The might of the U.S. industrial base over the last eighty years has served...

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Upcoming Events

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Discussion on Operational Psychology

Please join BENS NY for a luncheon conversation on operational psychology with Dr. Dana S. LaFon on Wednesday, June 5th....
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Luncheon discussion on Vladimir Putin and Russia – San Antonio

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

Past Events

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Discussion with Larry Smith (Dallas)

Luncheon discussion on the geopolitics of microchip manufacturing with Larry Smith, Chairman at Tokyo Electron US Holdings Inc.
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ISRAEL SERIES: Discussion w/Dr. Jonathan Schanzer

Join BENS for a Virtual Discussion with Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Dr....
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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...