Podcasts

5 Questions with the CEO

Get to know BENS members in these brief conversations with General Joseph Votel exploring the intersection of business and national security. In these interviews, private-sector leaders discuss industry best practices for assisting the national security agencies in executing their missions to keep America secure.

Building the Base

"Building the Base" - an in-depth series of conversations with top entrepreneurs and leaders from tech, financial, industrial, and public sectors.

Our special guests are weighing in on a broad selection of topics such as: shaping our future national security industrial base, leadership in challenging times, experiences related to the intersection of business and national security, and personal anecdotes related to their positions of influence.

Building the base is hosted by our own BENS member Lauren Bedula who is the Managing Director and National Security Technology Practice Lead at Beacon Global Strategies, and BENS Distinguished Fellow, Jim "Hondo" Geurts who retired from performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy and former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition.

BENS podcast: 5 Questions with the CEO

In this podcast, President, and CEO General Joseph Votel (ret.) interviews private-sector leaders contributing their expertise and industry best practices to help the Department of Defense and other national security agencies execute their missions to keep America secure. The show features short conversations of 10-15 minutes. Speakers include leading BENS members and experts in the topics driving trends in national security, American foreign policy, U.S. resilience, and issues with which the membership is engaging. 

Episode 12: Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, President of NEC National Security Systems (NSS)

March 3, 2022 Comments Off on Episode 12: Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, President of NEC National Security Systems (NSS)

General Joseph Votel spoke with BENS DC member Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, President of NEC National Security Systems (NSS). Dr. Kiernan is a former Assistant Director of the ATF, where she…

Episode 11: Jennifer Pritzker, founder of Tawani Foundation and Pritzker Military Museum & Library

January 26, 2022 Comments Off on Episode 11: Jennifer Pritzker, founder of Tawani Foundation and Pritzker Military Museum & Library

General Joseph Votel speaks with BENS Chicago member Jennifer Pritzker, founder of Tawani Foundation and Pritzker Military Museum & Library which works to increase the public’s understanding of military history, military affairs…

Episode 10: Dr. Lisette Cooper, Vice Chair of Fiduciary Trust International

January 1, 2022 Comments Off on Episode 10: Dr. Lisette Cooper, Vice Chair of Fiduciary Trust International

General Joseph Votel speaks with BENS Boston member Dr. Lisette Cooper. Dr. Cooper is Vice Chair of Fiduciary Trust International following its 2020 acquisition of the pioneering impact investment firm Cooper founded…

BENS podcast: InFocus

InFocus is an in-depth series featuring business and national security experts providing insider perspectives on today’s most vexing challenges facing our nation’s security.

The first set of InFocus discussions is Building the Base: unique perspectives on shaping our future national security industrial base during this pivotal time in our Nation’s history. Hear from top entrepreneurs and leaders from the high tech, financial, industrial, and public sectors, as they share their ideas and perspectives about how we can all work better together to ensure our national security and prosperity.

Building the Base conversations are hosted by longtime BENS member and leader of the BENS Technology and Innovation Council Lauren Bedula and former Under Secretary of the Navy and now BENS Distinguished Fellow, Hondo Geurts.

Sue Gordon - National Security Advisor

Building the Base episode 11: The Honorable Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

September 22, 2022 Comments Off on Building the Base episode 11: The Honorable Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

Sue is currently the Director at CACI International which provides the unique expertise and distinctive technology that address customers’ greatest enterprise and mission challenges. She was the fifth Principal Deputy…

Building the Base episode 10: Nick Sinai, Former White House U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Advisor and Author

September 12, 2022 Comments Off on Building the Base episode 10: Nick Sinai, Former White House U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Advisor and Author

Check out our latest Business Executives for National Security (BENS) “Building the Base” podcast featuring Nick Sinai, Senior Advisor at Insight Partners, Adjunct & Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy…

Building the Base episode 9: Michael Morell, Former Deputy Director and Twice Acting Director of the CIA

August 24, 2022 Comments Off on Building the Base episode 9: Michael Morell, Former Deputy Director and Twice Acting Director of the CIA

Michael Morell is Former Deputy Director and twice Acting Director of CIA from 2009 to 2013. A 33-year veteran of CIA, including time as the head of analysis and daily intelligence…