Colonel Firer has a BASS in international relations from UWM and an MA degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He retired from the U.S. Army after over 20 years of service in high-level simulation, intelligence and regional specialist positions, to include service during Desert Storm. Post Army, he worked in the private sector, specializing in computer wargaming. He is a wargame designer and writer, founding Fog of War Publications, LLC in 2016. He has designed more than 10 conflict simulations and has taught at the Defense Intelligence College and Foreign Service Institute, both in the Washington, D.C. area.