Dr. Benjamin M. Jensen Joins the CSIS International Security Program as Senior Fellow for Future War, Gaming, and Strategy

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2021: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Benjamin M. Jensen, a professor of strategic studies at the Marine Corps University School of Advanced Warfighting, has joined the International Security Program as senior fellow for future war, gaming, and strategy. He will advance CSIS’s research agenda on the changing character of war and strategic competition and provide expertise in wargaming.

“Dr. Jensen is an outstanding scholar with significant experience in wargaming and future warfare. He also has a strong understanding of defense and the policy world with his background as a U.S. Army battalion commander, planner, and intelligence officer,” said Dr. Seth G. Jones, director of the CSIS International Security Program. “We look forward to expanding CSIS’s capabilities in wargaming, scenarios, and future analysis.”

Dr. Jensen has spent the last decade researching disruptive technology, strategy, and how military organizations innovate. He has worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, NATO, the U.S. Army, and a range of foundations to develop wargames and scenario-driven exercises that examine strategy, defense analysis, and military planning. He is the author of five books including a forthcoming book entitled Information at War: Military Innovation, Battle Networks, and the Future of Artificial Intelligence (Georgetown University Press, 2022), along with Military Strategy in the 21st Century: People, Connectivity, and Competition (Cambria, 2018) and Cyber Strategy: The Evolving Character of Power and Coercion (Oxford University Press, 2018). He has led multiple future war research initiatives for the U.S. Army and other defense agencies while serving as a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Most recently, he served as the senior research director and lead author for the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

Dr. Jensen is also a reserve officer in the U.S. Army with multiple deployments, including supporting the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan in 2021 and prior tours in the Middle East and Balkans as a military intelligence officer, strategic intelligence officer, and red team analyst.

“I'm honored to join an organization like CSIS that has been at the forefront of helping strategic leaders ask the right questions and challenge prevailing assumptions for decades,” said Dr. Jensen.

Dr. Jensen holds a PhD in international relations from American University’s School of International Service, a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.