Damien O’Connell


Damien O’Connell is a world-recognized facilitator, developer, and trainer of experiential case studies and other decision games. Damien’s teaching experience includes corporate clients in the technology and airline industries, as well as military and government organizations, like the US Marine Corps’ Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, the US Naval Academy, the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, the Swedish Defence University, the Finnish National Defence University, the Estonian National Defence College, the Baltic Defense College, the FBI National Academy, and other institutions.

His areas of expertise include: experiential case studies, wargames, staff rides, scenario development, train-the-trainer, and historical research.

Damien’s research interests span from the science of decision-making and using decision games to develop trust and critical thinking in individuals and teams to the acquisition of expertise, scenario development, and modern military history.

He’s written for the Marine Corps Gazette, the Journal on Baltic Security, and the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought’s blog.

In 2009, Damien graduated from the University of Arizona, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History, summa cum laude, as well as a Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies.