Gil Barndollar

About Gil Barndollar

Military Fellow-in-Residence

Gil Barndollar is a Senior Fellow at Defense Priorities. His writing has been published in outlets including USA Today, The National Interest, The American Conservative, The Hill, The Marine Corps Gazette, US Naval Institute Proceedings, and Defense One.

From 2009 to 2016, Dr. Barndollar served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to Afghanistan, as a light armored reconnaissance platoon commander and as a combat advisor with the Georgian Army. He also led a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) platoon during deployments to Guantanamo Bay and the Persian Gulf.

Dr. Barndollar holds an AB in history from Bowdoin College and MPhil and PhD degrees in history from the University of Cambridge. At CSS he is leading a project examining America’s All Volunteer Force and modern conscript armies.