About BENS

Our Mission and Tenets

Our Mission

Apply best business practices to address the nation’s most pressing security challenges

About BENS

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 PARTNER who has supplemented government efforts for 35 years

Upcoming Events

Dallas, TX - Lunch with Scott Aaronson of EEI
Tue, 25 Apr 2017
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Houston, Lunch with Scott Aaronson of EEI
Wed, 26 Apr 2017
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

New York - Lunch with LTG Nadja West
Tue, 02 May 2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

DC - Breakfast with Mr. James "Hondo" Geurts
Wed, 03 May 2017
7:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Austin, TX - Lunch with Dr. Bryan M. Rigg
Wed, 03 May 2017
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

San Antonio, TX - Lunch with Dr. Bryan M. Rigg
Thu, 04 May 2017
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Atlanta, GA - Dinner with BENS Pres. & CEO General Schwartz
Tue, 09 May 2017
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Chicago - Lunch with Brig. Gen. Brian Winski, USA
Tue, 16 May 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Atlanta, GA - Tour of Emory's Veterans Program
Wed, 17 May 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Atlanta, GA - Tour of Emory Brain Health Center
Wed, 17 May 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Dallas, TX - Lunch with General Carter Ham, USA (Ret.)
Fri, 19 May 2017
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Houston, TX - Lunch with LTG Hummer, USMC (Ret.)
Tue, 23 May 2017
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

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BENS National Office | 1030 15th Street NW, Suite 200 East | Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 296-2125 | Fax: (202) 296-2490 | Email: bens@bens.org

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