MAJ Elliott

MAJ(P) Benjamin Elliott

MX400 Course Director


Major Ben Elliott is a native of Kearney, Nebraska. In 2007 he graduated from the United States Military Academy with a BS in Psychology. MAJ Elliott commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer, and was assigned to Schofield Barracks, HI with the 3rd Brigade (Light), 25th Infantry Division. There he served as Human Intelligence Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Battalion Assistant Intelligence Officer.  Following Military Intelligence Captains Career Course, MAJ Elliott was assigned to Joint Base Lewis McCord with the 3rd Brigade (Stryker), 2nd Infantry Division. There he served as the reconnaissance squadron Intelligence Officer and the Brigade Assistant Intelligence Officer.  MAJ Elliott was assigned to the National Training Center as an Observer, Coach, Trainer (OC/T) on the Cobra Team, Operations Group.

In 2016 he earned an MS in Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) from the National Intelligence University (NIU) in Washington, DC and served as an interagency fellow at the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence where he served as a counterterrorism analyst assigned to the Interagency Intelligence Committee on Terrorism. He was assigned to the Joint Intelligence Operations Center, J2 Directorate, United States Indo-Pacific Command, Pearl Harbor, HI where he served as the Chief China GeoStrategic Branch, Chief of Operations, China Division, and the Executive Assistant to the Director for Intelligence (J2), USINDOPACOM.

Major Elliott’s operational deployments include Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Major Elliott’s military education includes the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Captains Career Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College.

Major Elliott’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 CS), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 CS), Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Num. 4), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and the Air Assault Badge.

Major Elliott is married to the former Jamie Vogt of Orono, Minnesota and have three children—Zoey, Wyatt, and Selah. They currently reside in West Point, NY. MAJ Elliott is currently the course director for MX400 Officership at the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic. 

Publications & Presentations

“Examples of Trinitarian Forces and Structures in the Terrorist Threat: Applications for Terrorist Warning,” Small Wars Journal, 23 January 2022