Gil Barndollar

About Gil Barndollar

Military Fellow-in-Residence

Gil Barndollar is the Military Fellow-in-Residence at CSS and a Senior Fellow at Defense Priorities. From 2018 to 2019 he was Director of Middle East Studies at the Center for the National Interest. His writing has appeared in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, The American Conservative, The Hill, and US Naval Institute Proceedings, among other publications. He provides frequent commentary and analysis on national security and foreign policy to national and international media and has appeared on Fox News and the Fox Business Network.

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. He continues to serve in the Rhode Island Army National Guard.

Dr. Barndollar holds an AB in history from Bowdoin College and MPhil and PhD degrees in history from the University of Cambridge, where his dissertation examined small wars and British cavalry mechanization during the interwar period. At CSS Dr. Barndollar is leading a project examining America’s All Volunteer Force and modern conscript armies.