Business Executives for National Security

Business Executives for National Security Founded in 1982 BENS supports the U.S. government by applying best business practice solutions to its most difficult national security problems.
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Founded in 1982 by business executive and entrepreneur Stanley A. Weiss, nonpartisan and non-profit Business Executives for National Security (BENS) supports the U.S. government by applying best business practice solutions to its most difficult national security problems. For thirty years, BENS has served as the primary channel through which senior American business leaders contribute special expe

rience and talent to help build a more secure nation. With regional offices across the country and from our headquarters in Washington, D.C., our membership has earned the trust and respect of leaders in government. BENS’ early work focused extensively on U.S.-Soviet threat reduction initiatives and on widespread inefficiencies in support functions in the Department of Defense (DoD). These activities ultimately saved DoD billions of dollars. After championing base realignment and closure, BENS worked to find and develop opportunities at the affected bases. We have widened our focus over the last decade to encompass a range of new threats that challenge American security. In recent years we also have broadened our government partnerships to include: the Departments of State, Treasury, Home­land Security, including FEMA and the Secret Service, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the CIA. BENS does work with all of the combatant commands. BENS believes that the defining strengths of the American private sector – ingenuity, innovation, and efficiency – should be applied to our nation’s security by working with government partners to develop creative, new approaches to deal with the challenges we face today. BENS members engage with government partners in a myriad of ways, including conversations with national security leaders; first-hand national and international experiences with key military and civilian personnel on the ground; work with government partners to impact policy solutions to selected national security challenges; and continuing influence by pressing for implementation of BENS policy solutions over the long-term. Heading into our fourth decade, the BENS membership continues to represent a broad range of industry sectors and political views. We remain united by a commitment to apply, thoughtfully, best business practices to find solutions to government’s most challenging problems. Business leaders in action. Results for America.

ICYMI: There’s still time to register to be part of the next America's Future Series Virtual Summit. Learn more ⬇️
01/13/2024

ICYMI: There’s still time to register to be part of the next America's Future Series Virtual Summit.

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BENS is proud to be a promotional partner of the upcoming America's Future Series 2024 National Security Virtual Summit, taking place January 17 - 18, 2024.

Several BENS leaders, including BENS President & CEO Gen. Timothy Ray, BENS Board Member Lauren Bedula, and many more will be taking part in events both in-person and virtually associated with the summit.

Learn more and register at: https://www.americas-fs.org/.

Use Promo Code AFSFREE for complimentary admission to this 2-day virtual event.

When high-ranking military officers and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) officials retire, they often find comfortable j...
01/13/2024

When high-ranking military officers and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) officials retire, they often find comfortable jobs waiting for them in the , working for defense contractors.

However, The New York Times recently reported on a hiring trend between government service and industry: More ex-military and DOD officials are signing up to work with firms that specialize in defense startups.

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Retired officers and departing defense officials are flocking to investment firms that are pushing the government to provide more money to defense-technology startups.

BENS President and CEO General Timothy Ray, United States Air Force (Ret.) recently traveled with a   delegation to Stut...
01/11/2024

BENS President and CEO General Timothy Ray, United States Air Force (Ret.) recently traveled with a delegation to Stuttgart, Germany, for meetings with U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). This was followed by travel to Benin and Cote d'Ivoire in Africa, where they met with senior government, military, and business leaders, as well as U.S. defense and diplomatic representatives in both countries.

Collaborating closely with , the U.S. Department of State and others, BENS will produce a formal report offering business-informed insights and recommendations for U.S. government stakeholders.

In a recent op-ed for RealClearDefense, BENS Member Matthew Flug and David Rader, former DoD Deputy Director of the Glob...
01/09/2024

In a recent op-ed for RealClearDefense, BENS Member Matthew Flug and David Rader, former DoD Deputy Director of the Global Investment & Economic Security Directorate, discuss the challenges of ensuring data security in a globalized world, especially when data is stored overseas.

The authors highlight that the U.S. does not currently have any laws or regulations regarding the storage of individuals' data on overseas servers or in the cloud, which poses a significant national and economic security risk. They also stress that our nation's leadership should address the pressing need for a comprehensive framework to safekeep U.S. data beyond our borders to insure both the security and privacy of U.S. citizens' data on a global scale to avoid deliberate or even accidental weaponization by its custodians.

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The U.S. has a glaring national and economic security risk which uniquely looms because of the everyday actions of normal citizens: generating data. That risk is that the U.S. does not currently have

BENS Washington, DC Members recently joined in a thought-provoking conversation with Adam Frost, Senior Vice President f...
01/06/2024

BENS Washington, DC Members recently joined in a thought-provoking conversation with Adam Frost, Senior Vice President for China, and Transformational Exports Program (CTEP) at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Adam discussed the role of EXIM Bank financing in ensuring the competitiveness of U.S. exports in key technology areas in the face of subsidies and unfair trade practices by China.

We kicked off our 2024 by hosting the Honorable Frank Kendall, Secretary of the United States Air Force on January 3 in ...
01/05/2024

We kicked off our 2024 by hosting the Honorable Frank Kendall, Secretary of the United States Air Force on January 3 in Washington, DC.

BENS members provided Secretary Kendall with direct feedback as he prepares the Air Force’s strategy for meeting the challenges of Great Power Competition. This dynamic conversation centered around AI’s transformative impact on air superiority, the necessity to modernize the Air Force, and the budgetary concerns that are hindering the Air Force's ability to outpace our geostrategic competitors.

Looking for a new podcast to listen to in 2024? Check out "Building the Base"!This BENS produced podcast features an in-...
01/04/2024

Looking for a new podcast to listen to in 2024? Check out "Building the Base"!

This BENS produced podcast features an in-depth series of conversations with top entrepreneurs and leaders from tech, financial, industrial, and public sectors discussing a broad selection of topics related to shaping our future national security industrial base, leadership in challenging times, guests' experiences related to the intersection of business and national security, personal anecdotes related to their positions of influence, and more.

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Podcasts 5 Questions with the CEO Get to know BENS members in these brief conversations with former BENS President, General Joe Votel, exploring the intersection of business and national security. In these interviews, private-sector leaders discuss industry best practices for assisting the national....

In December, BENS Washington, DC Members met for a roundtable discussion with a delegation from Tama University's Center...
01/03/2024

In December, BENS Washington, DC Members met for a roundtable discussion with a delegation from Tama University's Center for Rule Making Strategies (CRS) of Japan.

The CRS team led an incredibly insightful discussion about current affairs in Japan, including developments in the Japanese Government regarding economic security policy, Japanese corporate philosophy related to US-China relations, private sector engagement in sharing threat assessments, Maritime logistics, and much more.

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In November, Jermon Bafaty, Founder and CEO of Platinum Technologies and BENS Member of the Washington DC Metro region, ...
01/03/2024

In November, Jermon Bafaty, Founder and CEO of Platinum Technologies and BENS Member of the Washington DC Metro region, met with a delegation from the MSB (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency).

In this roundtable, the robust discussion centered around cybersecurity priorities and U.S. cybersecurity policy, along with Private-Public partnerships and private sector development. They also discussed implementation strategies used to increase resiliency, and explored a horizon view on prevention, deterrence and response.

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Happy New Year from everyone at Business Executives for National Security (BENS)! Here's to a 2024 of great collaboratio...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year from everyone at Business Executives for National Security (BENS)!

Here's to a 2024 of great collaboration and partnership, as we work together towards creating a safer and more secure United States.

Thanks to everyone for making 2023 such a great year for BENS!Take a look back at the last year in BENS and National Sec...
12/31/2023

Thanks to everyone for making 2023 such a great year for BENS!

Take a look back at the last year in BENS and National Security News at: https://t.co/uXJi8keToH.

1 DAY LEFT TO  ! For the first time ever, the public is being asked to help design a Memorial on our National Mall in Wa...
12/30/2023

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For the first time ever, the public is being asked to help design a Memorial on our National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation wants YOUR design input on the Memorial that will honor all those who served and continue to serve in the Global War on Terrorism.

Visit the link below to take the design survey.

Participate in designing the Global War on Terrorism Memorial. Share your voice and contribute to a tribute honoring those impacted by the GWOT on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

BENS is proud to be a promotional partner of the upcoming America's Future Series 2024 National Security Virtual Summit,...
12/29/2023

BENS is proud to be a promotional partner of the upcoming America's Future Series 2024 National Security Virtual Summit, taking place January 17 - 18, 2024.

Several BENS leaders, including BENS President & CEO Gen. Timothy Ray, BENS Board Member Lauren Bedula, and many more will be taking part in events both in-person and virtually associated with the summit.

Learn more and register at: https://www.americas-fs.org/.

Use Promo Code AFSFREE for complimentary admission to this 2-day virtual event.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute recently observed a "coordinated inauthentic influence campaign" that originat...
12/27/2023

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute recently observed a "coordinated inauthentic influence campaign" that originated on YouTube and promotes pro-China and anti-U.S. narratives to an English-speaking audience.

In a new report, ASPI discusses what they learned about this campaign, which they have named "Shadow Play," share potential outcomes of such a campaign, and provide recommendations for government and social media companies.

Access the full report below.

Submitted by markopetreski@… on Thu, 12/14/2023 - 16:03 Dark ASPI_ORG A pro-China technology and anti-US influence operation thrives on YouTube Executive Summary ASPI has recently observed a coordinated inauthentic influence campaign originating on YouTube that’s promoting pro-China and anti-US ...

Visited the   website recently?Check out our News & Insights section. It's a 1-stop shop for access to the latest in   i...
12/26/2023

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Check out our News & Insights section. It's a 1-stop shop for access to the latest in industry news, episodes of the "Building the Base" , BENS member announcements, event recaps, & much more!

News & Insights Building the Base Episode 42: Jim Hake December 19, 2023 In-FocusPodcasts In this episode of “Building the Base,” hosts Lauren Bedula and Hondo Geurts welcome Jim Hake, the founder of Spirit of America, a unique nonprofit organization. The podcast delves into… Newest F-35s stal...

Sending wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from our BENS family to yours!
12/24/2023

Sending wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from our BENS family to yours!

In BENS Member News: BENS members Ben Trowbridge and Michael Moss joined forces with the U,S, Department of Homeland Sec...
12/23/2023

In BENS Member News:

BENS members Ben Trowbridge and Michael Moss joined forces with the U,S, Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the 2023 Public-Private Analytic Exchange Program.

Together with their teams, they crafted presentations and findings on crucial topics for their government partners such as 5G's impact on cybersecurity, challenges linked to Chinese counterfeit microelectronics, implications of extreme weather events, national security readiness, evolving sanctions, and U.S. maritime trade and port cybersecurity.

We invite you to tune in to a new episode of BENS "Building the Base" podcast!Hosts Lauren Bedula and Jim "Hondo" Geurts...
12/22/2023

We invite you to tune in to a new episode of BENS "Building the Base" podcast!

Hosts Lauren Bedula and Jim "Hondo" Geurts welcome Jim Hake, the founder of Spirit of America, a unique nonprofit organization. They explore his fascinating background as an entrepreneur and the inception of Spirit of America in response to the 9/11 attacks. Jim emphasizes the importance of private philanthropy in enhancing national security and discusses the organization's role in providing private assistance to support national security objectives, along with filling gaps that government alone cannot address, and how those gaps have developed over the last two decades.

They also chat about Spirit of America's global impact, talent acquisition for nonprofit endeavors, the crucial role of recruiting a diverse, values-driven team, and much more!

Check out the full episode at the link below.

In this episode of “Building the Base,” hosts Lauren Bedula and Hondo Geurts welcome Jim Hake, the founder of Spirit of America, a unique nonprofit organization. The podcast delves into Jim’s fascinating background as an entrepreneur and the inception of Spirit of America in response to the 9/...

In BENS Member News:Congratulations to Michelle Giuda, Business Executives for National Security (BENS) Member and CEO o...
12/21/2023

In BENS Member News:

Congratulations to Michelle Giuda, Business Executives for National Security (BENS) Member and CEO of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, on the confirmation of her Presidential appointment to the U.S. Agency for Global Media - USAGM.

Read the press release below.

The board will provide strategic counsel and oversight to the USAGM as it works to promote democratic values by providing accurate, uncensored news and open debate in countries where a free press is threatened, and where disinformation is pervasive.

Happy Birthday to the United States Space Force! Thank you to all of our nation's   for your service, dedication to miss...
12/20/2023

Happy Birthday to the United States Space Force! Thank you to all of our nation's for your service, dedication to mission, and the essential and innovative role you play in improving our capabilities in space.

On Thursday, Congress passed the $874.2 billion FY24 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It's been sent to The Wh...
12/19/2023

On Thursday, Congress passed the $874.2 billion FY24 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It's been sent to The White House for President Biden’s signature.

Read more about what's inside this defense policy bill via Defense News ⬇️

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Congress just passed the FY24 National Defense Authorization Act. Here's a look at some key provisions.

BENS recently welcomed General David H. Petraeus, 2usarmy (Ret.), to Dallas for a discussion centered around his new boo...
12/18/2023

BENS recently welcomed General David H. Petraeus, 2usarmy (Ret.), to Dallas for a discussion centered around his new book, "Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine."

An audience of nearly 80 members and their guests had the incredible opportunity of hearing share his insights and discuss the historical context behind his book, along with offering his perspectives on various conflicts, including events related to October 7th in Israel.

BENS Chicago recently hosted a roundtable discussion with Lt. Gen. Richard G. Moore, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and...
12/17/2023

BENS Chicago recently hosted a roundtable discussion with Lt. Gen. Richard G. Moore, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, United States Air Force, with a focus on the Air Force's response to global power competition.

Our thanks to Magellan Corporation for hosting this event, attended by special guests, including the United States Secret Service, The University of Chicago Veterans Initiatives, and U.S. Army Recruiting Chicago.

On this National Wreaths Across America Day, we want to thank our BENS members who followed our Giving Tuesday call to s...
12/16/2023

On this National Wreaths Across America Day, we want to thank our BENS members who followed our Giving Tuesday call to support Wreaths Across America by sponsoring remembrance wreaths or volunteering at a national or veterans cemetery near you to place wreaths.

Thank you for taking time to honor and remember our nation’s fallen heroes and veterans in such a meaningful way this holiday season.



BENS President and CEO General Timothy Ray, United States Air Force (Ret.), hosted General James E. Rainey, Commanding G...
12/15/2023

BENS President and CEO General Timothy Ray, United States Air Force (Ret.), hosted General James E. Rainey, Commanding General, U.S. Army Futures Command, on Wednesday, December 6th, for a working dinner focused on the subject of contested logistics.

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A BENS delegation visited Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Tucson, Arizona, from November 5 - 7.The delegation ...
12/14/2023

A BENS delegation visited Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Tucson, Arizona, from November 5 - 7.

The delegation had the opportunity to tour the southwestern border near the Nogales, Arizona, port of entry and also met with the Shadow Wolves, a Native American Department of Homeland Security tactical patrol unit located on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

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Happy 387th Birthday to The National Guard! 🇺🇸 At Business Executives for National Security (BENS), we salute all member...
12/13/2023

Happy 387th Birthday to The National Guard! 🇺🇸

At Business Executives for National Security (BENS), we salute all members of the National Guard today and every day for their service, the role they play in maintaining our national security, and for being "Always Ready, Always There" to support missions at home and abroad.

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12/12/2023

In BENS Member News:

All3DP Pro has welcomed member Chris Harris to the 2024 All3DP Pro Editorial Advisory .

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We invite you to tune in to a new episode of BENS "Building the Base" podcast!Hosts Lauren Bedula and Jim "Hondo" Geurts...
12/09/2023

We invite you to tune in to a new episode of BENS "Building the Base" podcast!

Hosts Lauren Bedula and Jim "Hondo" Geurts welcome special guest Dana Deasy, former U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO). Their conversation delves into Dana's career journey in both the public and private sectors, from his early career as CIO at bp, Tyco International, Siemens, Rockwell Space Systems and the Global CIO at JPMorgan Chase & Co., to his unexpected shift to government service as the DOD CIO.

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In this episode of “Building the Base,” hosts Lauren Bedula and Hondo Geurts welcome special guest Dana Deasy, former DOD Chief Information Officer with extensive experience in both the private and public service sectors. Dana’s distinguished career includes roles as the Global CIO of JP Morga...

Headed to the Army Navy Game this weekend? CBS News shares everything you need to know about the big game. 🇺🇸 🏈   |   | ...
12/08/2023

Headed to the Army Navy Game this weekend? CBS News shares everything you need to know about the big game. 🇺🇸 🏈

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Gillette Stadium will be the place to be this weekend when it plays host to the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday, and there are several fun events planned in the days leading up to America's Game.

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