MAJ(P) Benjamin Griffin

LTC Benjamin Griffin

Division Chief, Military History

Benjamin.Griffin@westpoint.edu

Biography


LTC Ben Griffin is currently the Chief of the Military History Division and is a Military Intelligence officer who graduated from West Point in 2006. He served in the 10th Mountain Division at Ft Drum, New York, the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft Hood Texas, and the 1st Infantry Division at Ft Riley, Kansas in a variety of intel-related positions. Ben has deployed twice to Iraq, once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007-08 and once in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. This is his second tour with the History Department, with his previous coming in the American History Division from 2015-2018. Ben holds a PhD in history from the University of Texas along with a Master’s in History from the same and a Master’s in International Security Studies from the University of Arizona. He and his wife, Amibeth, married in 2007 and the have two children, Natalie and Patrick.

Ongoing Research Projects


Reagan’s War Stories: A Cold War Presidency, Naval Institute Press, 2022

“The Wars of Ronald D. Moore: Terrorism, Insurgencym and News Media in Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Galactica” in American Science Fiction Television and Space: Prodictions and (Re)configurations (1987-2021), Palgrave MacMilan, Forthcoming.

Publications & Presentations


“Counter-Fire! A Tabletop Sensor to Shooter Training Aid,” Connections USA 2021, Ft Leavenworth, Kansas (June 2021)

“If You Are in a Fair Fight, Division Did Something Wrong” in Field Artillery Professional Bulletin Issue 2 (May 2020) co-authored with MAJ Duane Clark and MAJ Matthew Boudrou

“From Space Fiction to Space Shuttles: Reagan, Star Wars, and Social Systems” with COL Gail Yoshitani, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (March, 2020)

“Reagan, Reykjavik, and Strategic Imagination,” ForeignPolicy.com, (November 2017)

“Ronald Reagan, Tom Clancy, and National Security,” American History TV, CSPAN-3, 2016

“Remembering War (XI): Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, and… Pres. Ronald Reagan?” ForeignPolicy.com, (February 2016)