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military historian

Gian P. Gentile, American history professor. Decorated Bronze Star United States Army, Combat Action Badge. Member of Society Military History (moncado award 2002).


Gentile, Gian P. was born on October 9, 1957 in Walnut Creek, California, United States. Son of Armand Michael and Jacqueline Elizabeth Gentile.


Bachelor, University California, Berkeley, 1986. Master, School Advanced Mil Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 2000. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, California, 2000.


Gentile has also been a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior historian at the RAND Corporation. He is a leading critic of U.S. military counter-insurgency doctrine. He served two tours in Iraq, first as the executive officer of a combat brigade in Tikrit in 2003 and then as a squadron commander in western Baghdad in 2006.

Gentile is a prominent critic of the U.S. military's use of counter-insurgency. He believes that the 2007 surge was not the primary cause of the reduction in violence in Iraq and that effective counter-insurgency tactics were practiced by American troops in Iraq starting in 2004, rather than being introduced in 2007. He further argues that the U.S. military is now concentrating excessively on counter-insurgency, to the detriment of its capacity to fight conventional wars.

Following Andrew Bacevich, Gentile believes that the prominence of counterinsurgency has led to an unrealistic view of the American military's power and capacity to change the world.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (history book) How Effective is Strategic Bombing?.


Instead, Gentile argues that paying Sunni insurgents to help coalition forces eradicate al-Qaeda in Iraq and Muqtada al-Sadr's decision to call a cease fire in southern Iraq were the main causal factors.


Member of Society Military History (moncado award 2002).


Married GeeWon Kim, November 9, 1979. Children: Armand Michael, Elizabeth Anne.

Armand Michael

Jacqueline Elizabeth Gentile

GeeWon Kim

Armand Michael Gentile

Elizabeth Anne Gentile