Damien A. O’Connell is a military historian, world-recognized teacher of decision games, and Senior Learning and Development Consultant for the Cognitive Performance Group. Damien joined CPG in August 2017. His current work focuses on the Innovative Instruction Workshop, a highly sought-after workshop that he co-designed and co-facilitates for the Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command. He has written for the Marine Corps Gazette, and Proceedings, the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought’s Blog, and the Journal on Baltic Security. From 2012-2016, he led the efforts of Marine Corps University’s Case Method Project to institutionalize the case method at The Basic School (TBS), the Marine Corps’ school for newly commissioned and appointed officers. Damien also served as the Case Method Project’s lead for all work with the Infantry Officer Course, the Schools of Infantry, and the Fleet Marine Force.
Damien’s decision-forcing cases (DFCs), in addition to seeing extensive use at TBS, have been integrated into the curriculum of several Marine Corps courses, including the Infantry Small Unit Leaders Course at both Schools of Infantry and the College of Enlisted Military Education. Outside of his work with the Marine Corps, Damien has presented or taught several times at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, the Swedish Defence University, the Finnish National Defence University, the Estonian National Defence College, the Baltic Defense College, the US Naval Academy, the FBI National Academy, and elsewhere. Damien graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in History and certificate in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona.