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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.

The Role of the Strategic Sponsor in Designing Through Complex Security Challenges: “Leading Without Knowing All the Answers”

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/the-role-of-the-strategic-sponsor-in-designing-through-complex-security-challenges-leading-bdc869a8a430 The design ‘sponsor’, often termed ‘strategic sponsor’ or…

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Explaining Military Design Deliverables: Moving from Innovation to Something Operational Planners Can Use to Break Out of Static Repetitions

Original post can be round here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/explaining-military-design-deliverables-moving-from-innovation-to-something-operational-planners-6f22ca98f7e0 This is a section from some design educational…

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Teaching ‘Epistemology’ to Design Students Using Abbott & Costello

Original blog post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/teaching-epistemology-to-design-students-using-abbott-costello-734ce08b7624 I have addressed in past posts and…

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Karl Weick’s “Three Umpires” Metaphor: How Systemic Design is Essential in Addressing Complex Security Challenges

Original blog post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/karl-weicks-three-umpires-metaphor-how-systemic-design-is-essential-in-addressing-complex-9ebfb23a7f45 This is a section from some design…

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Defining the Modern Military Decision-Making Frame for War

Original blog post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/defining-the-modern-military-decision-making-frame-for-war-89b88f4a86e7 This is another section out of what…

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Part 1 of 3: Fostering ‘Reflective Practice’ in Public Safety: Designing Law Enforcement Organizations to Innovate

Original post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/part-1-of-3-fostering-reflective-practice-in-public-safety-designing-law-enforcement-8cb45380d5e5 This is part of a working draft chapter…

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