Mark D. Mandeles

Mark D. Mandeles

Editorial Advisory Panel

The J. de Bloch Group

Dr. Mark D. Mandeles earned a PhD in Political Science from Indiana University. He founded The J. de Bloch Group, a security policy consulting firm in 1993, and is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

He has worked in or consulted for the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Director of Net Assessment, US JFCOM/Joint Center for Operational Analysis, Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics)/Director Defense Research and Engineering, Joint Staff, USAF/Office of Long Range Planning, Marine Corps Combat Development Center/Wargaming and Assessment Division, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Institute for Defense Analyses, Center for Naval Analyses, Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office, and the U.S. GAO.

Dr. Mandeles is the author or co-author of seven books, and articles, reports, essays, and book chapters on national security topics including the revolution in military affairs, net assessment, and operational analysis.




Military Transformation Past and Present: Historical Lessons for the 21st Century (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2007)

The Future of War: Organizations as Weapons (McLean, VA: Potomac Books, 2005)

The Development of the B-52 and Jet Propulsion: A Case Study in Organizational Innovation (Maxwell AFB, AL: Air University Press, 1998)
Books (co-authored)
Thomas C. Hone, Norman Friedman, and Mark D. Mandeles, Innovation in Carrier Aviation, Newport Paper 37 (Newport: Naval War College, 2011)

Thomas C. Hone, Norman Friedman, and Mark D. Mandeles, American and British Aircraft Carrier Development, 1919–1941 (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1999)

Mark D. Mandeles, Thomas C. Hone, and Sanford S. Terry, Managing ‘Command and Control’ in the Persian Gulf War (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996)

Thomas C. Hone, Mark D. Mandeles, and Sanford S. Terry, Gulf War Air Power Survey, Volume I, Part 2, Command and Control (Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1993)
Book Chapters, Articles, and Reports (abridged list)

“Revolution in Military Affairs,” in Paul Joseph and J. Geoffrey Golson, eds., The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives (Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc., forthcoming)

“Review of Naval Lessons of the Great War: A Review of the Senate Naval Investigation of the Criticisms by Admiral Sims of the Policies and Methods of Josephus Daniels,” Military Classics Seminar, 16 June 2015, Fort Myers’s Officer’s Club, Washington, D.C.

“Review of Organizing for Defense: The American Military Establishment in the Twentieth Century,” Military Classics Seminar, 18 June 2013, Fort Myers Officers’ Club, Washington, D.C.

Thomas C. Hone, Norman Friedman, and Mark D. Mandeles, “The Development of the Angled-Deck Aircraft Carrier,” Naval War College Review Vol. 64, Spring 2011, pp. 63–78

“System Design and Project Management Principles to Meet the Needs of Operational Forces,” (Fairfax: The J. de Bloch Group, July 2011)

“JCOA and Operational Analysis for US Forces and Their Commanders,” (Fairfax: The J. de Bloch Group, March 2011)

“Imposing Order on Chaos: Establishing JTF Headquarters,” JCOA Journal, Summer 2010, pp. 21–32

“Review of The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations,” Military Classics Seminar, 19 May 2009, Fort Myers Officers’ Club, Washington, D.C.

“Review of Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq,” 20 March 2007, Fort Myers Officer’s Club, Washington, D.C.

“Command and Control of Air Forces During the Korean and Persian Gulf Wars,” in Jacob Neufeld and George M. Watson, Jr., eds., Coalition Air Warfare in the Korean War: 1950–1953 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Air Force History and Museums Program, 2005)

“The OUSD(P) Organization Review: A Report to the Honorable Douglas J. Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy,” (Fairfax, VA: The J. de Bloch Group, August 2002)

“RAF-USAF Coordination for Command and Control in the 1990–1991 Persian Gulf War,” Royal Air Force Historical Society Journal, Vol. 32, 2004, pp. 94–110

“Military Technology, Tactics and Operations, and Social Change: The Continued Relevance of Bloch’s Approach,” translated into Hebrew and published in Israel Defense Force journal, Ma’arachot, Issue No. 368 (December 1999), pp. 2–18. Originally prepared for the Peace Historical Society Symposium at the Hague Appeal for Peace 1999 Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, 11–15 May 1999
“Understanding Command and Control in Complex Military Organizations: Reflections on the Gulf War,” 1998 National Aerospace Conference Proceedings (Dayton: Wright State University, 1999), pp. 328–43

“Review of Crossing the Deadly Ground: United States Army Tactics, 1865–1899,” Periodical: Journal of America’s Military Past, Vol. 78, No. 1 (Spring 1997), pp. 67–76. Originally prepared for Military Classics Seminar, Fort Myer Officers’ Club, Washington, D.C., November 1996

“Review of The Generals’ War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf,” Periodical: Journal of America’s Military Past, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring 1996), pp. 71–77. Originally prepared for Military Classics Seminar, Fort Myer Officers’ Club, Washington, D.C., November 1995

“Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Implications for the U.S. of Third World Nuclear Weapon and Ballistic Missile Proliferation,” Security Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 1991, pp. 235–69