Former Marine Capt. Gil Barndollar


Areas of expertise: American foreign policy and national security, Middle East policy, grand strategy, international relations, maritime security, counterinsurgency, anti-terrorism

Gil Barndollar is a senior fellow and military analyst at Defense Priorities and the Military Fellow-in-Residence at the Catholic University of America’s Center for the Study of Statesmanship, where he is leading a project on conscription and modern war. He has written for publications including USA Today, The National Interest, The Hill, The American Conservative, US Naval Institute Proceedings, and the Marine Corps Gazette.

From August 2009 to December 2016, Dr. Barndollar served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, ending his active duty service as a captain. 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 Anti-terrorism 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.