Norton Allan Schwartz

Chief of Staff of the Air Force (Ret), Pres & CEO, Business Executives for National Security (BENS)

General Norty Schwartz became President and CEO of BENS on July 22, 2013. BENS’ Mission is to apply best business practices to develop, for government partners, solutions to our nation’s most challenging problems in national security, particularly in defense and homeland security.


Previously, General Schwartz served as the 19th Chief of Staff of the US Air Force (CSAF), retiring from military service on October 1, 2012 after serving over 39 years in the Air Force. As Chief, he enacted a number of innovations, including shifting emphasis from traditional aircraft to remotely piloted vehicle missions, strengthening execution and oversight of nuclear deterrence activities and a range of still classified efforts.


A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, General Schwartz began his service as a pilot with the 1975 airlift evacuation of Saigon, and was the first CSAF who piloted special operations transport planes and helicopters as a primary discipline. He helped lead a joint special operations task force during the Gulf War in 1991 and later served as the strategic planner for the Air Force, the second-in-command of the US Special Operations Command and the senior operations officer for the US armed forces. He was the head of US Transportation Command, managing major elements of the Department of Defense transportation system and supply chain, and was appointed CSAF in 2008.


General Schwartz also serves as an independent director for CAE, USA in Tampa, FL and Wesco Aircraft Holdings in Valencia, CA.


He and his wife Suzie reside in McLean, VA.

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