General Norton A. Schwartz
Former Chief of Staff of the USAF (Ret.)
President/CEO Business Executives for National Security (BENS)
Serving as BENS’ President and CEO since joining the organization in 2013, General Schwartz continues a long and prestigious career of service and senior leadership that spans over four decades. In addition to overseeing a driven, multidisciplinary staff spread out among seven offices across the nation, General Schwartz also advises and executes the organizational strategy set out by BENS’ distinguished Board of Directors and the over 450 dedicated BENS members that volunteer their time and treasure to improve our national security. Under his results-focused leadership, BENS has experienced demonstrable improvement in the quality of products the organization provides its government partners as well as increased the impact BENS members are making to provide business-driven solutions to our most pressing security challenges.
General Schwartz took the helm at BENS following nearly 40 years in uniform, last serving as the 19th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force — a post held from 2008 to 2012. In his assignment as Chief, he served as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 680,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. Furthermore, as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs functioned as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.
General Schwartz is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. He is an alumnus of the Armed Forces Staff College, the National War College, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a 1994 Fellow of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI.