Austin Bay is game designer, author, syndicated columnist, lecturer, and radio commentator. He co-authored the book A Quick and Dirty Guide to War: Third Edition along with fellow game designer Jim Dunnigan. He has also worked as a wargaming consultant at the Pentagon.
In 1999, he served as deputy commander of a Hurricane Mitch recovery operation in Guatemala. In 2003, he retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, but he was recalled to active duty in 2004 and served in Iraq with US Army III Corps, Multi-National Corps-Iraq. He has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and Rice University.