Guest Speaker - Christopher Weuve is a professional wargame designer and naval analyst. He spent the first few years of the 21st century at the Center for Naval Analyses, alternating between designing and running wargames for research and education, and supporting the US Navy as an at-sea exercise analyst. (The Combat Information Center of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is the best example of a starship bridge he has yet seen.) He then spent five years on the research faculty of the US Naval War College, specializing in the use of wargaming as a research tool.
Outside the day job, Chris is the moderator of several science fiction and wargaming mailing lists, and is also a consultant for various SF authors and media outlets. He was the “military expert” for the Discovery Channel’s “Curiosity: Alien Invasion” show (but he swears he didn't know about the exploding eyeballs until he saw it on TV), and he is probably the only person ever interviewed by the journal Foreign Policy about science fiction warships — twice! He's a founding member of BuNine, David Weber's private thinktank. His most recent publication (co-authored with David Weber) is “Building a Navy” in 2013's “House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion,” which he also co-edited.
An avid science fiction fan since before he was old enough to read, he spends his spare time reading science fiction and history, pondering the differences between Real-World(tm) naval warfare and how similar subjects are represented in science fiction, and working on various writing projects, including a book based on the Foreign Policy interviews and the next Honorverse Companion. Chris is a 1988 graduate of the University of Iowa and a 2008 graduate (with distinction) of the Naval War College