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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.

Lecture Portions on Complexity, the Idea of ‘Problem’, and on ‘Reflective Practice’ in Design…

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/lecture-portions-on-complexity-the-idea-of-problem-and-on-reflective-practice-in-design-9031dd44f7d6 Humans conceptualize problems in four primary modes according…

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What is Design and Why Might Militaries Require ‘Systemic Design’?

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/what-is-design-and-why-might-militaries-require-systemic-design-4ec64caaf95e In contemporary practice, militaries using modern decision-making methodologies…

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Thoughts on Human-Machine Teaming, AI and Changing Warfare… (Part III)

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/thoughts-on-human-machine-teaming-ai-and-changing-warfare-part-iii-ce09ad7c5b30 The Calm Before the Storm: How it May…

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Thoughts on Human-Machine Teaming, AI and Changing Warfare… (Part II)

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/thoughts-on-human-machine-teaming-ai-and-changing-warfare-part-ii-a5af56730ebb The Event Horizon and Technological Revolutions: Breaking the…

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Explaining What a ‘Paradigm’ is… And How to Apply the Concept Toward Designing Novel Strategies, Plans and Security Activities

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/explaining-what-a-paradigm-is-and-how-to-apply-the-concept-toward-designing-novel-strategies-b8a4576c7767 Modern militaries all use nearly the same reductionist-based,…

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Thoughts on Human-Machine Teaming, AI and Changing Warfare… (Part I)

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/thoughts-on-human-machine-teaming-ai-and-changing-warfare-part-i-32445a5c938a To a computer, a millisecond is an eternity,…

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