Attracting More to Senior Government Service

A small expert panel of former government officials and BENS members offer ways to improve and streamline the presidential appointment process to ensure we are attracting the best leaders to executive service. Click here for more information and a link to the report

BENS Presents its 2015 Eisenhower Award

To a crowd of over 500, BENS presented its 2015 Eisenhower Award to General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.), Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL and Kevin A. Plank, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Under Armour, Inc. Click here for the evening's highlights

Countering Terrorism and Protecting Civil Liberties

BENS offers 10 recommendations to combat today's evolving terrorist threat and ensure public safety. Click here for more information and a link to the report

Modernizing Military Compensation

A ten-member BENS Task Force offers perspectives and recommendations on how the Department of Defense can reform the military compensation and benefits system to maintain the ideal 21st century fighting force. Click here to read more

BENS Spotlight

Attracting Our Best Leaders

From a splintering extremist threat, to a resurgent Russia, to rising military personnel costs, the United States is increasingly confronted with a diverse array of national security challenges. As the US navigates this complex and shifting threat environment, we must be able to attract and retain the most talented and experienced individuals to serve as leaders in our government institutions. The process by which private sector individuals are identified, appointed, and confirmed for senior government positions, however, has become arduous to the point of dissuading some of our top private-sector talent from serving in government. The United States’ inability to seat the most qualified individuals in senior civilian positions is a challenge that has a direct bearing on our national security. BENS has recently published a report that offers 31 pragmatic actions to streamline, accelerate, and strengthen the process for individuals to answer the call to government service. Implementing these recommendations would help to make senior government service far more attractive to a broad range of dynamic and effective leaders.

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Upcoming Events

Join Us for Events Nationwide:


Chicago, IL
Breakfast with General Keith Alexander, USA (ret.), former Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of US Cyber Command


New York, NY
Lunch with retired Major General Yaacov Amidror, former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel and the Head of the National Security Council.


Dallas, TX
Lunch with Steve McCraw, Director of Texas Public Safety. 


Austin, TX
Lunch with Steve McCraw, Director of Texas Public Safety. 


Chicago, IL
All-day site visit to Argonne National Laboratory's Global Security Science Division.


Atlanta, GA
Lunch with Vice Admiral Ted Branch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and Director of Naval Intelligence. 


Washington, DC
Lunch with the Honorable Michael J. Rogers, former Chairman of the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. 

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(May 11, 2015)

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BENS: Tweak Executive Appointment Process
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(May 2, 2015)

How To Boost Domestic Intelligence and Privacy to Prevent the Next Terrorist Attack
Gen Norton Schwartz, USAF (ret.) - Defense One
(April 14, 2015) 

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