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Posted on May 20, 2008 in Boardgames

War College at Origins Speakers

By Armchair General

These brief bios will introduce you to the exciting lineup of speakers scheduled for the War College at the Origins Game Fair. Click here for more information on the topics that will be presented.

Lt. Col. Robert B. Blanke, USAF
Lt. Col. Blanke is a career Air Force intelligence officer currently serving as a branch chief in the National Counterterrorism Center.  He had long service as a Strategic Analyst with the Commander’s Advisory Group at U.S. Central Command.  He has served in the United States, Europe, and Southwest Asia as part of Operations Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.  Lt. Col. Blanke’s awards include Defense Meritorious and Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service and Air Force Commendation Medals.


Gordon Bliss
Gordon Bliss is a past Chairman of the Coast Defense Study Group and serves as the current Preservation Officer.  He has been an active wargamer for more than 30 years.

Matt Caffrey
Mr. Matthew B. Caffrey Jr. is Chief, Wargaming, Directorate of Plans and Programs, HQ Air Force Research Laboratory.  He previously served as the Professor of Wargaming and Campaign Planning in the Air Command and Staff College, at the Air Force Wargaming Institute, all at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  He is a retired Colonel in the Air Force Reserve.  His previous military assignments include; Chief, Wargaming Strategy Development, with the Air Staff’s Checkmate Division, the Pentagon, Washington, DC, and assignments at the major air command, wing, group and squadron levels.  He is the developer of the 3rd Generation Wargame concept and the Strategy Cycle.  In 1993 he helped found the Connections interdisciplinary wargame conference.  Matt is the designer of the Engineer /Strategist Exercise, Joint Resource Allocation Exercise (JRAX), the Joint Deployment Employment Exercise (JDEX) and several other wargames.  He co-authored the Gulf War Fact Book, and has written several chapters and many articles on wargaming, airpower and defense issues.  He has spoken on wargaming at the German War College, the United Kingdom’s defense research establishment and in the US from The Pentagon to Silicon Valley.

Frank Chadwick
A 1984 Origins Hall of Fame inductee, Frank Chadwick founded Game Designers’ Workshop in 1972 and was one of the original GAMA organizers. Chadwick has more than sixty published games to his credit, and his Desert Shield Factbook (1991) reached number one on The New York Times best seller list.

Louis J. Desy Jr.
Louis Desy is intimately familiar with global trade as an employee of the Intercontinental Trading Corporation in Worcester, MA.  His early work was as a computer programmer for accounting software and he later shifted into accounting, finance and trade.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science Technology from Central New England College; a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College; and Masters of Science in Finance from the same institution; and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.  He is waiting for admission to the Massachusetts Bar.

Kevin Dockery
As a professional writer, out of the over 35 books Dockery has written or contributed to, the bulk of his work has been on the U.S. Navy SEALs. In addition, he has done a number of works on modern, future, and historical weapons and equipment.  His background includes time in the military where he left as a senior NCO, experience as a radio broadcaster, gunsmith, school teacher, and time in Desert Storm where he worked with the Fox chemical weapons vehicles.

Chris Engle
Chris Engle has been gaming since 1976. In the 1980’s he became involved in the British group “Wargame Developments” dedicated to experimental games. He invented Matrix Games in 1988 and won the editor’s award for most original game idea that year. Chris has worked for the last 19 years spreading the word about Matrix Games. To date the British and Australian Armies use them for planning. Chris also runs Hamster Press – a company that publishes Engle Matrix Games about murder mystery, horror, adventure and other conflicts.

David Glantz
Colonel David M. Glantz served for over 30 years in various field artillery, intelligence, teaching, and research assignments in Europe and Vietnam, taught at the United States Military Academy, the Combat Studies Institute, and Army War College, founded and directed the U.S. Army’s Foreign (Soviet) Military Studies Office, and established and currently edits The Journal of Slavic Military Studies. He has written or coauthored more than 60 books and self-published studies and atlases, as well as hundreds of articles on Soviet military strategy, intelligence, and deception and the history of the Red (Soviet) Army, Soviet (Russian) military history, and WWII.

Craig B. Greathouse Ph.D.
Dr. Greathouse currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at North Georgia College and State University which is one of the six senior military colleges in the United States.  He received bachelors and masters degrees in political science from the University of Akron.  His doctorate in political science comes from the Claremont Graduate University in California. Areas of specialization for the doctorate include international relations with a focus on security and defense policy and comparative politics with a regional emphasis on Western Europe.  His dissertation entitled “Integration and Cooperation: Application to the European Union” focused on the development of European integration with a particular emphasis on the creation of security and defense component of the European Union.
He has presented numerous papers at national conferences on topics such as European security policy, American and European grand strategy, European federalism, and European integration.  

Brant Guillory
Growing up the son of an Army officer, Brant Guillory was bitten by the military bug early, and started playing wargames with his father before his 8th birthday. A Ph.D. student in communication, Brant’s research work has focused on both the hobby games industry, and the uses of games and simulations in training and learning.  His designs have ranged from role-playing games and scenarios to the Warfighter series of modern platoon-level combat and its expansions, as well as some recent work that’s being adapted for training intelligence analysts at the national level. He has also published several military "smart-books."

John Guilmartin Ph.D
Dr. John Guilmartin is an authority on military history, maritime history, and the history of technology. He is an early modern Europeanist whose research focuses primarily on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He has expertise in aerospace history and has also written about the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. He is a Vietnam War veteran who flew over 120 combat missions, including missions in Thailand, Laos and North Vietnam, and was awarded two Silver Stars. He received his Master’s (1969) and Doctorate (1971) degrees from Princeton University. His first book, Gunpowder and Galleys, is derived from his dissertation. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Guilmartin taught history at the Air Force Academy. He has served as the editor of the Air University Review, the professional journal of the U.S. Air Force, and retired from the service in 1983. He taught at Rice University and the Naval War College before coming to Ohio State.

Doug Houseman
Doug Houseman is a retired Naval Officer who attended the US Naval Academy. He is a naval architect by training. He has been involved in wargaming since the 1960s.

Chuck Kamps
Chuck Kamps is Professor of Joint Warfare Studies at the USAF’s Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL. Educated in Military History at Norwich University and Kansas State University, he has served as an Armor Officer in the US Army, and a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy. His wargame design credits include: Hof Gap, North German Plain, B.A.O.R., Donau Front, Central Command, Singapore, and Korea ’95. He is the author of The History of the Vietnam War (Military Press, NY, 1988), Armies of NATO’s Central Front (Jane’s, London, 1985), and Peripheral Campaigns & the Principles of War (MA/AH Publishing, Manhattan, KS, 1982), as well as numerous articles on defense issues. Chuck is on the board of reviewers for Air & Space Power Journal, and received the prestigious Ira Eaker award for airpower scholarship in 2002.

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