Board of Advisors
General Norton A. Schwartz
President/CEO Business Executives for National Security (BENS)
Chief of Staff of the USAF (Ret.)
General Norton A. Schwartz is the President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), positions he has held since joining the organization in 2013. He oversees a multidisciplinary staff spread out among seven offices across the nation, and advises and executes the organizational strategy set out by BENS’ Board of Directors and the over 450 members who are dedicated to improving our national security.
General Schwartz took the helm at BENS following a long and prestigious career of service and senior leadership spanning over four decades. From 2008 to 2012, he served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 680,000 uniformed and civilian forces in the U. S. and overseas. In addition, as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he functioned as a military adviser to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.
Robert F. Weiss
President of Skunk Works and EVP of Lockheed Martin (Ret.)
Robert F. Weiss is a thought leader in the Aeronautics, Defense, and Business Strategy space, with a proven ability to implement change and drive results. Regarded as an inspirational leader and strategic visionary by his peers and mentees, he has consistently demonstrated his prowess in new business capture.
As an executive, Weiss brings a consistent focus on cost, schedule and delivering customer value. Over a 34-year career in Aerospace and Defense, he served in various leadership capacities at Lockheed Martin, including Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Development Programs (aka the Skunk Works®), where he led the unit to its highest sales to date. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1985, Weiss served eight years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and an additional 16 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring in 2000 with the rank of captain.