Gil Barndollar

About Gil Barndollar

Military Fellow-in-Residence

Gil Barndollar is the Director of Middle East Studies at the Center for the National Interest. His writing has been published in outlets including USA Today, The American Conservative, the Marine Corps Gazette, The National Interest, US Naval Institute Proceedings, Defense One, and the Journal of Military Operations.

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, where he was a Keasbey Scholar. At CSS he is leading a project examining America’s All Volunteer Force and modern conscript armies.