Connecting the Community

Connecting innovative companies with decision makers in defense, intelligence and national security is the core to Benchmark’s approach.

outdoor_metroBenchmark’s unique networking and knowledge-sharing invitation-only forums for CEOs are designed to provide direct access between government and game-changing innovative private sector companies.


Founded in 2010 partnership with Cooley LLP and Kipps DeSanto & Co., MissionLink is an exclusive invitation-only seven session program held monthly for 60 hand-selected CEOs. The program is designed to foster collaboration and innovation among CEOs, decision makers, critical thinkers and pacesetters from the most promising “dual-use” innovators dedicated to the mission of defense, intelligence and national security. MissionLink provides an opportunity for peer-to-peer networking, mentorship and knowledge sharing in an intimate and exclusive setting. Each month these handpicked participants engage with a panel of experts to discuss current issues facing their companies, exchange ideas, and meet other successful leaders in the field who can help guide them through the process of building great companies. Upon completion of the seven-month class, the participants are invited to a formal graduation ceremony in which participants of MissionLink will explore ways to give back to the community and those that support the mission of national security. Graduates also benefit from a strong alumni network and relationships built through shared experience and common understanding.

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National Security Perspectives (NSP)

NSP is an exclusive, CEO-only event series conceived of and sponsored by Benchmark and KippsDeSanto & Co. Held in the DC-area, the event features U.S. national security leaders who jointly discuss security issues of national importance with leaders of startup, emerging growth and mid-cap companies. NSP is an opportunity for CEOs and government leaders to interact in an intimate, confidential business setting to discuss and affect company strategies that can contribute to enhancing our nation’s security. NSP attendance numbers upwards of 200 guests, CEOs of innovative technology and services companies from Silicon Valley, Boston, Atlanta, and Austin as well as current/former senior government officials from the Intelligence Community, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

NSP Events have featured:

  • Gen. James Jones, National Security Advisor, White House
  • Gen. Keith Alexander, Director NSA & Cyber Command
  • Alan Wade, former CIO, CIA
  • Chris Inglis, Deputy Director, NSA
  • Al Tarasuik, former CIO, CIA
  • Lt. Gen. David Deptula, Dep. Chief of Staff for ISR, USAF
  • Bill Crowell, former Deputy Director, NSA
  • Dr. Prescott Winter, former CTO/CIO, NSA
  • Jose Rodriguez, former Director, NCS, CIA
  • Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, J5, CYBERCOM
  • Shawn Henry, Director, Cyber Division, DoJ, FBI
  • Michael Jackson, former Deputy Director, DHS

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