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Ben Zweibelson

Ben Zweibelson is the Director for the U.S. Space Command’s (USSPACECOM) Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG) located at Colorado Springs, Colorado as of February 2022.

Previously, Ben was the lead design educator/facilitator for U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) through the Joint Special Operations University as a full-time contractor from January 2015 through February 2022 (7 years). During that period, Ben provided design education and real-world facilitation across USSOCOM, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Government, academia and industry as well as internationally and at numerous war colleges and military programs/units.

A retired U.S. Army Infantry officer and veteran of multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ben has an undergraduate degree (BA in Fine Arts) in Graphic Design from the University of Connecticut, three different master’s degrees (Louisiana State University, Air Command and Staff College, US Army School of Advanced Military Studies) and a doctorate in Philosophy from Lancaster University (UK).

While in the Army, he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He was awarded four Bronze Star Medals during combat deployments in addition to numerous other awards and citations.

How U.S. Space Command is Approaching Design Education

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/how-u-s-space-command-is-approaching-design-education-a1279bb6e722 This is in conjunction with design education now…

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Further Along the Möbius : Using a Klein Bottle Concept to Consider Complex Warfare Differently

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/further-along-the-möbius-using-a-klein-bottle-concept-to-consider-complex-warfare-differently-e1a5c91ce092 The first part of this 5 part series…

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Using Pac-Man to Introduce Möbius Strips and Klein Bottles to Reconceptualize Complex, Multi-Domain, Full-Spectrum Warfare: A Crowd-Sourcing Exercise (Part 4 of 5)

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/using-pac-man-to-introduce-m%C3%B6bius-strips-and-klein-bottles-to-reconceptualize-complex-8cd71cdcfee4 The third part of this 5 part series…

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Recursiveness: A Key Design Concept for Transforming Organizations from Centralized Hierarchies toward what Militaries Hark as ‘Mission Command’ and ‘Mutual Trust’ in Complex Warfare Contexts (using Whitesnake lyrics and a Friends Episode)

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/recursiveness-a-key-design-concept-for-transforming-organizations-from-centralized-hierarchies-6062c6c199d8 Recursiveness is not a common term offered in…

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Prying Newton’s Grip on Military Thinking by using Pac Man: A Crowd-Sourcing Exercise (Part 3 of 5)

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/prying-newtons-grip-on-military-thinking-by-using-pac-man-a-crowd-sourcing-exercise-part-3-of-5-9979c5f53b3 This portion of this 5-part series introduces some…

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Why do Militaries Fixate on Newtonian Constructs and Linear-Causal Oversimplifications of (Complex) Warfare: A Crowd-Sourcing Exercise (Part 2 of 5)

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/why-do-militaries-fixate-on-newtonian-constructs-and-linear-causal-oversimplifications-of-complex-1c7a6daeb2a2 Militaries over the last three centuries followed suit of most…

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