Ben studied Business and Law at undergraduate level prior to taking a commission as an Intelligence Officer in the Royal Air Force. He is a trained Imagery Analyst, qualfiied Targeteer and Collateral Damage Modeler and has been on operations in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cyprus and Jordan. In 2013, Ben read Terrorism Studies at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews. His MLitt dissertation evaluated PIRA's justification for its UK mainland campaign from Bloody Sunday until the Good Friday Agreement utilising Just War tradition as the unit of measure. He currently lives and works in Southern Germany at HQ NATO Air Command and commenced his PhD research in February 2015.
Ben is a research student within Cranfield's Centre for International Security and Resilience. He is researching US counter-terorrism campaigns and their relationship with just war tradition. Specifically researching the use of precision UAV strikes, covert operations, enhanced interrogation and extraordinary rendition in support of preventative and pre-emptive scenarios. These individual tactics would appear to be acceptable to the US and support its National Security Strategy, yet individually they are legally questionable, generate public rhetoric and much criticism. He hopes to identify why the US has pro-actively responded to a terrorist threat as part of its National Security Strategy and in this process, resorted to tactics as legally and morally questionable as those of the terrorists it is seeking out in.