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.

InFocus, Building the Base

In-depth series focused on shaping the future national security industrial base. 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.

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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…

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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.

Building the Base episode 5: Kirsten Bartok Touw, Co-Founder, New Vista Capital

June 20, 2022 Comments Off on Building the Base episode 5: Kirsten Bartok Touw, Co-Founder, New Vista Capital

Kirsten Bartok Touw is Co-Founder of New Vista Capital and Managing Partner of AirFinance. She is an active early-stage investor in new and emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) technologies. Bartok…

Building the Base episode 4: Steve Blank, Stanford University Adjunct Professor

June 6, 2022 Comments Off on Building the Base episode 4: Steve Blank, Stanford University Adjunct Professor

Steve Blank is co-creator of the Lean Startup movement and has been part of, or co-founded, eight Silicon Valley startups in fields such as semiconductors, video games, personal computers and…

Building the Base episode 3: James Cross, Silicon Valley Defense Group

May 16, 2022 Comments Off on Building the Base episode 3: James Cross, Silicon Valley Defense Group

James Cross is the Founder of Silicon Valley Defense Group, a nonprofit connecting the people, capital, and ideas that will ensure the U.S. and its allies achieve a durable advantage…