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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.

Understanding Emergence: How Complexity Theory Requires Getting Out of the Military’s Favored Newtonian Box

Original blog post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/understanding-emergence-how-complexity-theory-requires-getting-out-of-the-militarys-favored-bf914e06f1e The above image is similar to one…

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Designing Within Danger: How Military Design Contributes to Security Forces Differently

Original blog post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/designing-organized-violence-how-military-design-contributes-to-security-forces-differently-4892b65f11dd This is an excerpt from an upcoming…

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Breaking out of Reverse-Engineered Planning for Future Complex Security Challenges

Original blog post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/breaking-out-of-reverse-engineered-planning-for-future-complex-security-challenges-a5c0b7772f92 This post is a revisit to a…

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How “Red, Amber, Green” Metrics are Blinding Us… Organizational Knowledge and the Illusion of Reification (in Military Affairs)

Original blog post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/how-red-amber-green-metrics-are-blinding-us-organizational-knowledge-and-the-illusion-of-bfdaf1662e9b Inthe modern, data-hungry era of mainstream society,…

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Design Facilitation 101: Using Trojan Horses to Sneak Past the Institutional Barriers for Complex Security Affairs

Original blog post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/design-facilitation-101-using-trojan-horses-to-sneak-past-the-institutional-barriers-for-complex-73f22b90e3f1 In multiple strategic planning sessions, design working…

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‘Emergence’ Explained in Everyday Speak… So Defense Forces Might Mean What They Say!

Original blog post can be found here: https://benzweibelson.medium.com/emergence-explained-in-everyday-speak-so-defense-forces-might-mean-what-they-say-f298f6297bf2 I see the term “emergence” used quite…

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