Lindsay Rodman

Lindsay Rodman



  • Non-Resident Senior Fellow, NYU School of Law Reiss Center on Law and Security
  • Global Fellow, Wilson Center Canada Institute
  • Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

Lindsay L. Rodman is the Executive Director of an American nonprofit organization, the Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS) and a PhD Candidate in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. 

Lindsay began her career as an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington D.C. She then joined the Marine Corps and served as a judge advocate for eight years on active duty in various assignments including deployment to Afghanistan, serving as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and selection as a White House Fellow, placed at the National Security Council as Director for Defense Policy and Strategy After transitioning into the Reserves, Lindsay served as a civilian in the Pentagon, first as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness and then as the Senior Advisor, International Humanitarian Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. From 2017-2018 Lindsay was selected as the Council on Foreign Relations' inaugural International Affairs Fellow in Canada. She spent two years at the University of Ottawa as a visiting researcher focusing on arctic security, with embedded placements at Global Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence. 

Lindsay remains an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Duke University.


Publications and Media

Lindsay L. Rodman, Armed Attacks in Space, NATO Legal Gazette (forthcoming).

Troy Bouffard & Lindsay L. Rodman, Balancing Operational and Strategic Dimensions in the Arctic, Polar Journal (forthcoming).

Lindsay Rodman, Lindsay Rodman on Coronavirus, the U.S. Military and Leadership, Reiss Center on Law and Security (website) at New York University, August 12, 2020. 

Lindsay L. Rodman, The Pentagon’s Arctic Strategies Reveal the Benefit of a North American Approach, Canadian Global Affairs Institute Policy Paper, May 2020. 

Lindsay L. Rodman, Iceberg Dead Ahead! Deconstructing the Pentagon’s Arctic Strategies, War on the Rocks, September 25, 2019.

Lindsay Rodman, You've Got it All Backwards - Canada's National Defence Strategy, Canadian Defence Policy in Theory and Practice, Ed. Thomas Juneau, Philippe Lagassé, Srdjan Vucetic (Palgrave 2019).

Lindsay L. Rodman, Unity of Command: Authority and Responsibility Over Military Justice, 93 Joint Force Quarterly 71 (2019).

Lindsay L. Rodman, China’s Ambitions in the North American Arctic, Diplomat & International Canada, Summer 2018.

Lindsay Rodman, Modernizing the Military Personnel System: Lessons from the Force of the Future, Canadian Global Affairs Institute Policy Paper, May 2018. 

Lindsay Rodman, Does Canada’s Bill to Protect Military Victims Go Far Enough?, The Globe and Mail (Canada), May 24, 2018. 

Lindsay Rodman, An American take on Canada’s defence policy, The Hill Times, January 24, 2018. 

Lindsay Rodman, Baby Steps in the Snow: Getting the Marine Corps Cold-Weather Ready in Norway, War on the Rocks, December 7, 2017.

Lindsay Rodman, Evaluating Canada as a Dependable Ally and Partner for the United States, Canadian Global Affairs Institute Policy Paper, November 2017. 

Lindsay Rodman, Canada and NATO can Nudge Afghanistan Back onto the Right Track, Canadian Global Affairs Institute NATO Series Papers on, September 2017.

Lindsay Rodman, Canada Needs a Wait-and-See Approach on Afghanistan, The Globe and Mail (Canada), August 29, 2017. 

Lindsay Rodman, Defence Policy Review: What’s Canada Waiting For?, The Hill Times (Canada), May 31, 2017.

Lindsay Rodman, Preparing for President Trump, The Hill Times (Canada), November 30, 2016.

Lindsay L. Rodman, The finger on the button: Clinton, Trump, and defence policy, iPolitics (Canada), November 7, 2016.