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Joe Buff
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Joe Buff grew up in New York City. Winning a Westinghouse National Science Talent Search college scholarship at age 15 and later a National Science Foundation fellowship to grad school, he earned a BA in Math from NYU and an MS in algebraic topology from MIT. He became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in 1980, spending twenty years working on quantitative modeling, risk-mitigation strategies, and process enhancement in the insurance industry, on Wall Street, and as a partner in a Top 10 global management consulting firm. In 1997, Joe established Joe Buff, Inc., "An Independent Defense Think Tank of One." He penned six novels in the award winning, bestselling "Captain Jeffrey Fuller/USS Challenger" future submarine warfare series. Joe has also published hundreds of essays, op-eds, and articles for various military-related journals and websites. Five of his articles won Annual Literary Awards from the Naval Submarine League. In early 2015, Joe began an ongoing project to research the theoretical and practical open questions and conundrums behind effective 21st-century nuclear deterrence Best Practices, and he is now writing a multi-volume book series about his conclusions and recommendations. Joe and his wife of 35+ years, Sheila, live in New York State's scenic, rural Mid-Hudson Valley. Sheila is a NY Times bestselling author and co-author of books about health, wellness, nutrition, and medicine. Both Buffs are keen dog lovers, bird watchers, and avid gym-goers. (They got a home Bowflex during the COVID crisis.) Joe's leisure/hobby interests also include astronomy, history, and the workings of America's railroad industry. Joe can be reached at readermail@joebuff.com. He welcomes your feedback!


My first book-length nonfiction work, based on 6 years of research, just came out as an e-book, through BookBaby, in late February 2021! The print edition is coming soon! I also have 6 futuristic submarine warfare novels that I published earlier in the 2000s, with Bantam and then Morrow/Avon, which are also all available at many on-line outlets in e-book format. Also, you might like to Follow my "Daily War & Peace News Patrol" pithy/concise defense commentary on LinkedIn, and my Author Page on Facebook; my username is joebuffsubs.

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