Register for the 2015 Eisenhower Award Dinner in New York

Join over 400 industry and security leaders from across the nation as they recognize two extraordinary leaders in Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and First Data Corp. Vice Chairman Joe Plumeri. Click here to reserve your spot today!

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

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:


New York, NY
Lunch and Discussion with General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army, Retired, and author of Team of Teams


Chicago, IL
Chicago regional site visit to FBI Training Facility


Washington, DC
Lunch with Dr. Harlan Ullman, Chairman of the Killowen Group


Atlanta, GA
Luncheon with Luis Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank


New York, NY
Lunch and discussion with The Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary of the United States Army


New York, NY
BENS Eisenhower Award Dinner

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Featured News

BENS News and Related Articles:

Enlisting the Private Sector
Gen Norton A. Schwartz, USAF (ret.) - The Cipher Brief
(August 26, 2015)

Defeating the many faces of terrorism requires enterprise thinking
Gen Norton A. Schwartz, USAF (ret.), The Honorable Michael Chertoff & Steven C. McCraw - Austin American-Statesman
(August 19, 2015)

How We're Planning the Biggest Personnel Overhaul in 45 Years
Defense One
(June 8, 2015)

Commissary privatization stokes concern among critics
Military Times
(June 3, 2015)

Presidential Transition: More Than Names on a Whiteboard
The Honorable Gordon England & Gen Norton Schwartz, USAF (ret.) - The Cipher Brief
(June 1, 2015)

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