Gainesville, Florida, United States
Bill Ardolino is the author of Fallujah Awakens: Marines, Sheikhs, and the Battle Against al Qaeda, published by Naval Institute Press in 2013.
Fallujah Awakens focuses on the U.S. Marine Corps counterinsurgency campaign and tribal "Awakening" On Fallujah's peninsula in 2006-2007. Ardolino describes a dramatic improvement in security after U.S. Marines and local tribal leaders came together to help pacify the area. Fallujah Awakens relies on hundreds of interviews that offer perspectives from both U.S. personnel and Iraqi citizens. It can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major booksellers, and all of the author’s proceeds are donated to the Semper Fi Fund, which helps injured or ill service members through support, housing, transportation, and many more services.
Bill Ardolino has written pieces for Wired, The Weekly Standard, The Australian Defence Force Journal, The Washington Examiner, and Small Wars Journal. His work focuses on counterinsurgency doctrine (COIN), combat operations, the development of indigenous security forces, Iraqi and Afghan politics and civil affairs.