Ben Zweibelson - Defense professional

Mr. Ben Zweibelson is a doctoral candidate with the Australian National University pursuing a terminal degree in philosophy. He is the Program Director for the military design program at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida. A retired U.S. Army Infantry Officer, Ben Zweibelson has over 22 years combined service including multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has three masters degrees from the following programs: Louisiana State University, the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, and the U.S. Air Command and Staff College. He also holds a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Zweibelson has lectured on design in international forums as well as the U.S. Air War College, the Canadian Forces College, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, the Polish National Defense University, and other military institutions worldwide.

Creating the Design-Planning Bridge: Designing a NATO that Thinks Differently for 21st Century Complex Challenges

by BGen. Imre Porkolab, Mr. Ben Zweibelson   In the 21st Century, the international defense […]

Advanced Military Design, Panel of International Experts: IMDC Conference, Ottawa, CA

Panel (from left to right): Dr. Philippe Dufort (moderator), Ben Zweibelson (USSOCOM), Brig. Gen. Kevin […]

Put on Your Ruby Slippers and Start Exploring the Zone

By Brett Nesbitt & Ben Zweibelson Download PDF version If you are reading this then you […]

Intellectual spring cleaning: it’s time for a military “Do Not Read” list; and some sources that should be on that list

By Aaron P. Jackson, Ben Zweibelson and William Simonds Published in: Defence Studies, Vol. 18, […]

Over the Horizon Podcast 5 – Designing Future Security: An International Roundtable on the Military Design Movement

For this podcast, Over the Horizon – an online journal affiliated with the US Air […]

Teachers, Leave Them Kids Alone: Debating Two Approaches for Design Education in Military Organizations

By Ben Zweibelson, Aaron P. Jackson and Simon Bernard. This article functions as an informed […]

The SOF Design Community of Practice Group – Facebook Group

Facebook Group Creator: Ben Zweibelson “Community of practice for military applied design in theory, research, education, […]

The Emergent Art of Military Design: Swedish Armed Forces and the Contemporary Security Environment

Authors: Ben Zweibelson, Lars Hedström, Magnus Lindström & Ulrica Pettersson Excerpt: The Swedish adaptation of design […]

Blending Postmodernism with Military Design Methodologies: Heresy, Subversion, and other Myths of Organizational Change

Author: Ben Zweibelson Abstract: The emergence of postmodern thinking in 21st century military practice, theory, and education […]

Ben Zweibelson — The Military Design Movement

Ben Zweibelson, as the Program Director for the U.S. Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Joint Special […]

Thinking beyond the Books: Sociological Biases of Our Military Institutions

Introduction: Professional military reading lists have expanded in recent years so that now nearly every […]

Special Operations and Design Thinking: Through the Looking Glass of Organizational Knowledge Production

Abstract: The U.S. military over the past decade has developed various forms of “design thinking” […]

Pensée linéaire et non linéaire: au-delà de la rétro-ingénierie

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Linear and non-Linear thinking: Beyond reverse-engineering

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Rose-tinted lenses: how American functionalist strategy inhibits our appreciation of complex conflicts

Abstract: Strategists and military professionals have previously questioned many of the methodological (theoretical underpinnings, the […]

One piece at a time: why linear planning and institutionalisms promote military campaign failures

Abstract: The recent strategic failures in Iraq and Afghanistan for military coalitions illustrate that we […]

Gravity-free Decision-making: Avoiding Clausewitz’s Strategic Pull

Executive summery: While many elements of Carl von Clausewitz’s seminal work On War are entrenched […]

Parlons d’abeilles et d’oiseaux : la théorie des essaims et le processus décisionnel militaire

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Military ‘Deep Dives’ and Organizational Management: The Continuing Hazards of Hubris, Centralized Hierarchies, and Insular Perspectives

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An Awkward Tango: Pairing Traditional Military Planning to Design and Why it Currently Fails to Work

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The Ignorant Counterinsurgent Rethinking the Traditional Teacher-Student Relationship in Conflicts

Introduction: Over the past thirteen years, no greater debate has raged among military circles than […]

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’… ARE WE?

Abstract: These three military authors offer a unique perspective into design thinking and military sense-making. They […]

Preferring Copies with No Originals: Does the Army Training Strategy Train to Fail?

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Three Design Concepts Introduced for Strategic and Operational Applications

Author: Ben Zweibelson Introduction Excerpt: Many discussions on design theory applications within military contexts often revolve around […]

Frame Reflection: A Critical Review of US Military Approaches to Complex Situations

Authors: Ben Zweibelson, Grant Martin, & Christopher Paparone Download PDF Having trouble viewing? If the article does not display […]

Does Design Help or Hurt Military Planning: How NTM-A Designed a Plausible Afghan Security Force in an Uncertain Future, Part I

Author: Ben Zweibelson Author’s Note: Many military professionals and academics ask for tangible examples in a […]

Breaking barriers to deeper understanding: how post-modern concepts are ‘value-added’ to military conceptual planning considerations

Author: Ben Zweibelson Author’s Note: this article attempts to stimulate further discourse on what the military […]

Design Theory and the Military’s Understanding of our Complex World

Author: Ben Zweibelson Author’s Note: Before readers pull their hair out in frustration at yet another […]

Incompatible Systems of Logic: Why Design Should Integrate the Mechanistic, Reductionist, and Linear Logic of Military Detailed Planning

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To Design or Not to Design: In Conclusion

Author: Ben Zweibelson Introduction Excerpt: Is Design a necessary methodology for the U.S. Army? By codifying […]

To Design or Not to Design (Part Five): Doctrine and Design: How Analogies and Design Theory Resist the Military Ritual of Codification

Author: Ben Zweibelson Editor’s Note: This essay is part five of a six part series on […]

To Design or Not to Design (Part 4): Taking Lines out of Non-Linear; How Design Must Escape ‘Tacticization’ Bias of Military Culture

Author: Ben Zweibelson Editor’s Note: This essay is part four of a six part series on design. […]

To Design or Not to Design (Part 3): Metacognition: How Problematizing Transforms a Complex System towards a Desired State

Author: Ben Zweibelson Editor’s Note: This essay is part three of a six part series on design. […]

To Design or Not to Design (Part 2): The There Is a Problem with the Word ‘Problem;’ How Unique Vocabulary Is Essential to Conceptual Planning

Author: Ben Zweibelson Editor’s Note: This essay is part two of a six part series on design. […]

To Design or Not to Design: An Introduction

Author: Ben Zweibelson Introduction: Are the Joint Operational Planning Process (JOPP) and the Military Decision Making […]