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Ben Zweibelson

Dr. Ben Zweibelson is a lead educator, theorist and facilitator for Design and Innovation at US Special Operation Command's (USSOCOM) Joint Special Operations University (JSOU; CTR through METIS). A retired U.S. Army Infantry officer and veteran of multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ben has provided design education across USSOCOM, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Government, academia and industry as well as internationally for the past decade. In addition to developing the family of design courses and design meta-methodology for SOCOM design outreach and application, Ben has lectured at multiple war colleges such as the US Air War College, National Defense University, Marine Corps University, the Swedish, Danish, Dutch, US Marine, and Polish War Colleges, the Canadian Forces College, SAASS, SAMS, NATO-ACT, the National Counterterrorism Center, the NATO School, the USAF Squadron Officer School, as well as numerous design conferences and workshops. His work is widely published in leading international military journals and many of those publications are required reading in multiple PME programs for design. 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. He resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife, three boys, and a white Labrador named Chandler.

JSOU Advanced Design Course: New international MASL available

New international MASL for the JSOU Advanced Design six week distance course available The six…

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Military Design 101 Master class

Two hour autonomous educational module for military design fundamentals. Intended for leaders and senior military…

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Designing at the Cutting Edge of Battle

Abstract This article addresses the formal introduction of military design into the 75th Ranger Regimental…

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Dr. Ofra Graicer and Design Facilitation (JSOU Design Legends Series #8)

Video interview of Dr. Ofra Graicer (Israeli Defense Forces Design Educator, IDF War College) by…

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Leading Design, Leading Change: Roles, Responsibilities, and Risk in Security Contexts | TEDxBudapestSalon

Panel (from left to right): Ben Zweibelson (USSOCOM), Philippe Beaulieu-Brossard, Brig. Gen. Imre Porkolab (Hungarian…

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Fostering Deep Insight through Substantive Play

by Ben Zweibelson Chapter 6 of: Design Thinking: Applications for the Australian Defence Force, ed.…

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