Neil Garra
Primary problem solving technique is innovation and creativity. Lives outside the box, occasionally peering inside to see what the others are up to.
 
Why here: Both writer and service provider.
Description:


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Writing:
  • Fiction: The Forgotten Adventures of Dolley Madison.  
  • NonFiction: Military Instructional books and articles.

    Services include assisting texting people across busy streets and through closed doors, helping Chess Addicts overcome their affliction, designing Wargames for learning Intelligence Analysis, teaching Intelligence Theory as as party icebreaker, and creating--but not webmastering!--the occasional internet portal.  

      --- Modus Operandi ---  
    Primary problem solving technique is innovation and creativity.  Loves to design new solutions to both old and new problems.  Views the personal computer and the Internet as creativity projection platforms par excellence.   Superb instructor.  Tactical Intelligence expert.  Experienced Web designer and programmer.  Designer of Intelligence Analysis Wargames. Visionary.  Lives outside the box, occasionally peering inside to see what the others are up to.




  • About: CURRENT PROJECT:
    Completing "The Forgotten Adventures of Dolley Madison", an Action-Adventure novel set during the War of 1812.

    Goal: Produce a thoroughly engrossing book.

    Method: Tell a good story, without cliches, woven unpredictably through historic events, with cool historic people doing the extraordinary things you always knew they really wanted to do.

    Measures of Performance:
  • Book gets torn into chapter-size chunks and devoured by the entire platoon at once.
  • Someone passes out from dehydration because refilling their Slurpee cup was postponed until after that next scene once too often.
  • Author receives death threats for delaying release of sequel.
  • MMORPGs filled with avatars named after book's main characters.
  • Tourism surge to places mentioned in the story.
  • People living in and about Classified! totally befuddled by tourist surge at first, then furious, then open resort and begin boat tours.
  • Masters and Doctoral Theses written to confirm or deny the book's historical suppositions.
  • Number of baby girls named 'Dolley Madison' spikes sharply.
  • Number of baby girls named ' Classified! ' spikes sharply after Classified! 's real name revealed in Volume 2.
  • Aaron Burr no longer considered a shady character, and the shooting of Hamilton considered, perhaps, justified.
  • The First Lady begins dressing like Dolley, quoting Dolley, and makes a show of learning flintlock pistol dueling.
  • Surge of kids ages nine to sixteen demanding to learn fencing motivates Mariel Zagunis to open nationwide franchise.
  • Surge of young men into the U.S. Army, specifically to become Rangers.
  • Demand for romance novels set in Dolley Madison's time.
  • Book is thoroughly trashed by the liberal media, is considered unfit for the Pulitzer Prize, is declared inappropriate by Teacher's Unions and banned by at least one public school district.
  • Americans, once again, begin reading their Bibles.



    CURRENT POSITION: Owner & Despot for Life of The S2 Company.

    HOBBIES:
    Bible study, Wife, Dog, Native American flute, shooting, hiking and fencing. Fan of a fascinating game genre called 'Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games' (MMORPG), specifically Guild Wars and Lord of the Rings Online.

    EDUCATION:
  • 1974 Marlington High School, Alliance, Ohio.
  • 1978 Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio;  Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Physics
  • 1980 University of Akron, Akron, Ohio,  2d Lieutenant Degree in Infantry
  • 1980 Airborne School, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School
  • 1982 Mortar Platoon Course
  • 1984 Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  • 1987 Long Range Surveillance Leaders Course
  • 1988 Combined Arms & Services Staff School
  • 1989 Basic Instructor Training Course
  • 1990 Systems Approach to Training
  • 1993 Command & General Staff College
  • 1997 Small Business Development Center Entrepreneurship Fast Track Course, Kansas State University
  • 2000 Graduated from the US Army on 31 October with a Lieutenant Colonel degree in Military Intelligence (for those unfamiliar with the Army, this is as prestigious as a Chief Warrant Officer Degree, and almost as coveted as a Master Sergeant Degree).
  • 2001 Citizen Police Academy, Sierra Vista, Arizona


    ASSIGNMENTS:
  • 1980 -1982 Ft Benning, Georgia.  Company XO, 2d Infantry Training Brigade
  • 1982 -1983 1-38 Infantry, Camp Hovey, Korea.  Asst S3 and then 4.2" mortar platoon leader,
  • 1984-1989 5th ID(M), Ft Polk, La.  Assistant Bde S3; Assistant BN S3; HHC/1-61 Infantry Commander; LRSD/105th MI Commander
  • 1989 - 1993  Intel School, Ft Huachuca.  Instructor; Chief of Combined Arms Branch; Chief of Tactics Division.
  • 1991 - Elected to branch transfer from Infantry to Military Intelligence.
  • 1993 - 1997  1st ID(M), Ft Riley, KS.  Deputy G2; 101st MI BN XO; S2 of 1st Bde; Commander, HHC USAG.
  • 1997 - 1999  Battle Command Battle Laboratory (Huachuca) Vice Deputy Director, Science & Technology Advisor, Geek-to-Grunt Interface
  • 1999 - 2000  Chief of Skunkworks and Wreaker of Havoc, Distance Learning Office, US Army Intelligence Center and School
  • 2000 - Present   The S2 Company.


    OTHER ACTIVITIES:
  • Frequent guest speaker and lecturer at the US Army Intelligence Center and School, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
  • Designed & built a number of Intelligence Analysis Wargames for . . . a government agency . . . and watched the State Department declare them to be Munitions. HOOAH!
  • Presenter and member of the "Analytic Wargaming Panel" at the International Conference on Intelligence Analysis. May 2005. Presentation name: " 'Game' to 'Intelligence Analysis Wargame': General Case to Special Case "
  • Rode a horse named 'Jerry' for three hours, then went home and hugged my Jeep Wrangler.
  • Keynote speaker at the National Security Agency's Third Annual Analysis Conference in May, 2005. Presentation name: "Designing Wargames for Intelligence Analysis".
  • Didn't kill myself learning to shoot a flintlock pistol.
  • Speaker at the ODNI's Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence summer seminar, July 2007. Presentation name: "Design and Use of Wargames for Learning Intelligence Analysis"
  • Escaped death after shooting flintlock pistol in living room (Wife is quite forgiving).
  • Speaker at the Defense Intelligence Agency's Educational Simulations & Serious Games Symposium, August, 2007. Presentation name: "The Analytic Wargaming Environment"
  • Former Leader of the 350-person White Tower Kinship on the Gladden server of the MMORPG 'Lord of the Rings Online', with members ranging from an Australian teenage girl to a retired officer of the Israeli Defense Force. I took over leadership from the fifteen-year old founder, and after two years passed it to a mother of three whose entire family played. Kinship now led by a sixteen-year old.
  • Former Treasurer and Webminister of the Military Intelligence Corps Association.
  • Former member of the Sierra Vista Information Technology Task Force.
  • Researching what I want to be when I grow up. And whether I should.


  • City: Sierra Vista
    Contact Info: Phone:---
    E-Mail:neil at garra dot org
    Here since: 23 Apr 2011
    Website: http://www.dolleymadison.net
    Other Links: The S2 Company
    Huachuca.Org Portal Site
    Cochise College SBDC
    POC of Writing Group: Krewe Excelsior!


    Books Authored
    Title Genre Avail Website
    1 - Invasion! Action-Adventure during the War of 1812 Oct 2013 http://www.DolleyMadison.net
    2 - Subversion! Action-Adventure set during the War of 1812 Early 2014 http://DolleyMadison.net
    3 - Retribution! Action-Adventure set during the War of 1812 2014 http://DolleyMadison.net