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Colonel Christopher Starling, USMC (Ret.)


Chris Starling, US Marine Corps (Ret.), was a national security affairs fellow for 2007–2008 at the Hoover Institution.

Chris graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1988. He has served in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Divisions. He participated in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Iraqi Freedom. Most recently he was the Commanding Officer of Battalion Landing Team 2/2, completing his fifth deployment to the Persian Gulf in July 2007. Other previous assignments include service in the US Pacific Command’s Counter-Drug Inter-Agency Task Force in Alameda, CA and as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the US Military Academy, West Point. He has a Masters of Public Administration degree from John Jay College, City University of New York. His research at Hoover will focus on current and future national security issues.

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A Fitting Tribute

by Colonel Christopher Starling, USMC (Ret.)via Hoover Digest
Monday, April 26, 2021
The tale of a secret mission that delivered a belated salute to a statesman, teacher, and US Marine.
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A Fitting Gift For A Man Of Honor

by Colonel Christopher Starling, USMC (Ret.) featuring George P. Shultzvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Five years ago, a secret mission delivered a belated surprise for George P. Shultz—statesman, teacher, and US Marine.

Hoover senior fellow Richard T. Burress meets with Major James Korth

Once a Marine, Always a Marine

by Richard T. Burress, Colonel Christopher Starling, USMC (Ret.)via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It’s been more than sixty years since he helped capture Iwo Jima, but Hoover fellow Richard T. Burress tells his old unit that some things never change. By Christopher C. Starling.

China Calling

by Colonel Christopher Starling, USMC (Ret.)via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

China has come to Africa. Can U.S. policy makers find ways to mesh, not clash, with Beijing’s interests? By Christopher C. Starling.