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John H. (Jack) Gill is a professor at the National Defense University and an associate professor at the Near East-South Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C.  A former U.S. Army South Asia foreign area officer, he retired as a colonel in 2005 after more than 27 years of service.

Prior to joining the NESA Center, Gill worked on South Asia issues in the Pentagon from 1998-2001, including work on the 1999 Kargil crisis. During his time at the NESA Center, he also served as special assistant for India/Pakistan to the plans and policy director of the U.S. Joint Staff and as military advisor to Ambassador James Dobbins, the U.S. envoy to the Afghan opposition forces (2001-02).

From August 2003-January 2004, Gill served in Islamabad as the liaison officer to the Pakistan Army for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He has been following South Asia issues from the intelligence and policy perspectives since the mid-1980s, in positions with the U.S. Joint Staff, the U.S. Pacific Command staff, and other assignments.

His publications on South Asia include The 1971 India-Pakistan War; An Atlas; two chapters on current Indian and Pakistani political-military affairs in Strategic Asia: Fragility and Crisis; as well as various articles and reviews in such publications as The Journal of Military History and Strategic Insights.

Gill is an internationally recognized military historian and has also authored several books and numerous papers on the Napoleonic era.

Last Updated: July 11, 2017