75 years of service to our nation


Mark D. Mandeles, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor


Mark D. Mandeles is an expert in military innovation and acquisition, military operations, and organizational analysis and design. Prior to joining CNA, Mandeles was President of The J. de Bloch Group, where he consulted for or worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Net Assessment, OSD/Policy, OSD/AT&L, Joint Staff, US JFCOM, USAF, USN, USMC, and the Institute for Defense Analyses. He also analyzed tactical nuclear weapons policy at SAIC.

As a senior scientist at US JFCOM's Joint Center for Operational Analysis, Mandeles led a civilian-military team to Baghdad to examine the alignment of kinetic and information operations in Iraq for the Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq, and led a civilian-military team that assessed the establishment of the ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan, for the Commanding General, IJC. He also wrote the reports, "Operational-level Analysis for US Forces and Their Commanders," "Iraq Information Operations, April 2008-June 2009," and "Imposing Order on Chaos: Establishing JTF Headquarters."

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, defense transformation, and military operations. Mandeles earned a Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University.