Ben graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2009 with a B.S. in International Relations. After graduating, he commissioned as an intelligence officer. Ben was deployed to Afghanistan twice—once with the 10th Mountain Division and again augmenting a special operations unit. Ben is currently a student at Stanford Law School and expects to graduate in 2018. In 2016, he worked as a legal intern in the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2017, he worked as a summer associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. Ben's writing has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Politico, Newsweek, USA Today, CNN, Just Security, and Lawfare.