Our Mission and Tenets
Apply best business practices to address the nation’s most pressing security challenges
Founded by mining executive Stanley A. Weiss, BENS is a unique nonprofit comprised of over 450 senior business and industry executives who volunteer their time and expertise to address the national security community’s most pressing challenges. Focused originally on restraining proliferation of nuclear arms and reducing defense overhead, BENS today leverages the diverse expertise of its membership to additionally support government efforts in tackling other prominent challenges such as cybersecurity and domestic terrorism. BENS for nearly four decades has been a trusted partner whose work has built a more effective and efficient military, saved billions in taxpayer dollars, and improved operations that protect our homeland.
DO TANK, NOT A THINK TANK, focused on actionable solutions which utilize best business practices
MEMBER DRIVEN AND FINANCED where members participate in their individual capacity and government funding is not accepted
FIERCELY NONPARTISAN AND INDEPENDENT, avoiding partisan debate that take positions on the size of the nation’s security budget or specific weapons systems or strategies
ABIDE BY STRONG ETHICS that preclude members from lobbying or engaging in business development
A TRUSTED PARTER who has supplemented government efforts for 35 years