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: 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.

Building the Base Episode 20: Elissa Slotkin, Representative Michigan’s 7th Congressional District

January 25, 2023 Comments Off on Building the Base Episode 20: Elissa Slotkin, Representative Michigan’s 7th Congressional District

In this week’s episode of Building the Base, Hondo and Lauren join Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan’s 7th District to discuss the future of the defense industrial network.  Elissa’s experience…

Building the Base Episode 19: Shyam Sankar COO, Palantir Technologies, Inc.

January 12, 2023 Comments Off on Building the Base Episode 19: Shyam Sankar COO, Palantir Technologies, Inc.

In this week’s episode of Building the Base, Hondo and Lauren join Shyam Shankar, Chief Operating Officer of Palantir, to discuss the future of the defense industrial network. Shyam’s experience…

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Building the Base Episode 18: Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Cobham Advanced Electronic Solution

December 28, 2022 Comments Off on Building the Base Episode 18: Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Cobham Advanced Electronic Solution

In this week’s episode of Building the Base, Hondo and Lauren join Steffanie Easter, Senior Vice President  and Chief Sustainability Officer at Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions, to discuss the future…

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 3: Nate Morris, Founder and CEO of Rubicon

July 31, 2021 Comments Off on Episode 3: Nate Morris, Founder and CEO of Rubicon

General Votel speaks with Nate Morris, founder and CEO of Rubicon, a software company focused on waste and recycling. The conversation highlights the innovative approach Morris and his company have…

Episode 2: Raj Shah, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Resilience

June 30, 2021 Comments Off on Episode 2: Raj Shah, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Resilience

General Votel interviews California member Raj Shah, the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Resilience, which provides insurance and tools to help mid-market companies manage cybersecurity threats and recovery. The conversation…

Episode 1: Hank Greenberg, BENS Director

May 8, 2021 Comments Off on Episode 1: Hank Greenberg, BENS Director

In this episode of the BENS podcast, we mark the June 6 anniversary of D-Day as General Votel speaks with BENS Director and longtime member, Hank Greenberg. The conversation recalls…