Mark D. Mandeles

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Dr. Mark D. Mandeles founded THE J. DE BLOCH GROUP, a national security policy consulting firm in 1993, and is an Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He currently is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Naval Analyses, and 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, 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.


National Security Policy, Net Assessment, Operational Analysis, Proliferation of Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological weapons, Military and organizational innovation.

Revolutions in military affairs

Alternative Analysis: Red Teaming

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);

Innovation in Carrier Aviation, Newport Paper 37 (Newport: Naval War College, 2011) co-author with Thomas C. Hone and Norman Friedman;

American and British Aircraft Carrier Development, 1919–1941 (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1999) co-author Thomas C. Hone and Norman Friedman;

Managing ‘Command and Control’ in the Persian Gulf War (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996),co-author with Thomas C. Hone and Sanford S. Terry.


Ph.D., Indiana University