"Building the Base" - an in-depth series of conversations with top entrepreneurs and leaders from tech, financial, industrial, and public sectors.
Our special guests are weighing in on a broad selection of topics such as: shaping our future national security industrial base, leadership in challenging times, experiences related to the intersection of business and national security, and personal anecdotes related to their positions of influence.
Building the base is hosted by our own BENS member Lauren Bedula who is the Managing Director and National Security Technology Practice Lead at Beacon Global Strategies, and BENS Distinguished Fellow, Jim "Hondo" Geurts who retired from performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy and former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition.

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#40 Shelly O'Neill Stoneman, SVP Government Affairs Lockheed Martin

"It's not de-globalization; it's being really thoughtful about which allies and partners to use, and perhaps even 'friend-shoring'...thinking clearly about which allie...

# 39 Gen. Joe Anderson , President & CEO Rafael Systems Global

In this episode of Building the Base, hosts Lauren Bedula and Hondo Geurts welcome General Joe Anderson, former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G-3/5/7, and current...

#38 Karen Dahut, CEO Google Public Sector

In this episode of Building The Base, hosts Lauren Bedula and Hondo Geurts sit down with Karen Dahut, the CEO of Google Public Sector, to explore her incredible journe...

#37 Lauren Knausenberger, Former US Air Force CIO

In this episode of Building the Base Laruen Bedula and Hondo Geurts chat with, former Chief Information Officer of the Air Force, Lauren Knausenberger. Lauren shares h...

#36 Balan Ayyar, Founder & CEO Percipient.AI

In episode one of Building the Base, hosts Lauren Bedula and Hondo Geurts chat with Balan Ayyar,  retired US Air Force General Officer and now CEO of Percipient AI, a ...

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