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Gordon, John 1956-

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Works: 47 works in 158 publications in 1 language and 13,438 library holdings
Genres: History  Forecasts  Case studies  Handbooks and manuals 
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Most widely held works by John Gordon
Fighting for MacArthur : the Navy and Marine Corps' desperate defense of the Philippines by John Gordon( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As the only single-volume work to offer a full account of Navy and Marine Corps actions in the Philippines during World War II, this book provides a unique source of information on the early part of the war. It is filled with never-before-published details about the fighting, based on a rich collection of American and newly discovered Japanese sources, and includes a revealing discussion of the buildup of tensions between Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Navy that continued for the remainder of the war. U.S. Army veteran and defense analyst John Gordon describes in considerable detail the unusual missions of the Navy and Marine Corps in the largely Army campaign, where sailors fought as infantrymen alongside their Marine comrades at Bataan and Corregidor, crews of Navy ships manned the Army's heavy coastal artillery weapons, and Navy submarines desperately tried to supply the men with food and ammunition. He also chronicles the last stand of the Navy's colorful China gunboats at Manila Bay. The book gives the most detailed account ever published of the Japanese bombing of the Cavite Navy Yard outside Manila on the third day of the war, which was the worst damage inflicted on a U.S. Navy installation since the British burned the Washington Navy Yard in 1814. It also closely examines the surrender of the 4th Marines at Corregidor, the only time in history that the U.S. Marine Corps lost a regiment in combat. To provide readers with a Japanese perspective of the fighting, Gordon draws on the recently discovered diary of a leader of the Japanese amphibious assault force that fought against the Navy's provisional infantry battalion on southern Bataan, and he also makes full use of the U.S. ship logs and the 4th Marine unit diary that were evacuated from Manila Bay shortly before the U.S. forces surrendered."--Publisher description
The future of warfare : issues from the 1999 Army After Next study cycle by Walt L Perry( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Army After Next (AAN) cycle of events during fiscal year 1999 included games on Army Special Operations, Army Medical Department, Information Operations, Space, Force Projection, National Security, Campaign Planning, Pre-Assessment, and the Spring Wargame. The authors discuss issues that emerged from the games regarding coalition warfare, strategic preclusion, war with a nuclear-armed opponent, exploitation of space, sea control, air superiority, sustainment, combat in urban terrain, refugees during conflict, air mobility of battle forces, survivability of battle forces, and training battle force soldiers. On game design and play, the authors conclude (1) AAN wargames would benefit from more realistic play of coalition operations; (2) the Spring Wargame suggested that given highly effective coalitions, Battle Forces might conduct an entire campaign without assistance from Army XXI maneuver units; and (3) this year's widened spectrum of Battle Forces is an important advance for AAN research, and the wide range of alternative versions of Battle Forces and operational concepts should receive continued study
War by other means : building complete and balanced capabilities for counterinsurgency by David C Gompert( Book )

15 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The difficulties encountered by the United States in securing Iraq and Afghanistan despite years of effort and staggering costs raises the central question of the RAND Counterinsurgency Study: How should the United States improve its capabilities to counter insurgencies, particularly those that are heavily influenced by transnational terrorist movements and thus linked into a global jihadist network? This capstone volume to the study draws on other reports in the series as well as an examination of 89 insurgencies since World War II, an analysis of the new challenges posed by what is becoming known as global insurgency, and many of the lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan. The report's recommendations are based on the premise that counterinsurgency (COIN) is a contest for the allegiance of a nation's population; victory over jihadist insurgency consists not of merely winning a war against terrorists but of persuading Islamic populations to choose legitimate government and reject violent religious tyranny. The authors evaluate three types of COIN capabilities: civil capabilities to help weak states improve their political and economic performance; informational and cognitive capabilities to enable better governance and improve COIN decisionmaking; and security capabilities to protect people and infrastructure and to weaken insurgent forces. Gompert and Gordon warn that U.S. capabilities are deficient in several critical areas but also emphasize that U.S. allies and international organizations can provide capabilities that the United States currently cannot. The authors conclude by outlining the investments, organizational changes within the federal government and the military, and international arrangements that the United States should pursue to improve its COIN capabilities."--(Publisher's website)
Assessment of Crusader : the Army's next self-propelled howitzer and resupply vehicle by John Matsumura( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The research explores the utility of the Crusader system, a next-generation self-propelled howitzer and resupply vehicle, to the future of the U.S. Army, including both the near-term Army XXI and the farther-term Army After Next. Specific questions were asked about Crusader's ability to provide firepower on the future battlefield and to serve as a major technology "carrier" into the Army After Next era. The report answers these questions and addresses other issues that may surface in considering the relative need for a state-of-the-art, self-propelled howitzer in light of other Army interests
Issues raised during the Army after next spring wargame by Walt L Perry( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Army After Next (AAN) project, led by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), was initiated by the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) in February 1996. The project's goals are to link Army XXI to a long-term vision of the Army extending well into the next century, and to ensure that this vision informs evolving Army research and development requirements. At the request of the TRADOC's Deputy Chief of Staff for Doctrine (DCSDOC), RAND Arroyo Center is supporting TRADOC in this effort. As part of the AAN project, TRADOC is conducting a series of high level wargames to explore issues affecting the development of the U.S. Army after about 2010. The 1998 Spring Wargame is the third game in the series. All of these games have been held at the Center for Strategic Leadership at the Army War College. The Arroyo Center's role in the 1998 Spring Wargame is to assist TRADOC by (1) participating with the TRADOC Analysis Center (TRAC) in the development of the wargame Analysis Plan; (2) identifying the issues, derived from the game objectives, that were explored in the game; (3) participating with TRAC in the development of the Emerging Impressions Report; and (4) assessing game results. This report documents the Arroyo Center's analysis of the data collected during the game, and information gathered from various sources since the completion of the game, including our Initial Impressions Report (PM-809-A) and TRAC's Emerging Impressions Report to TRADOC. This report analyzes major issues and insights arising from the game and offers recommendations to improve the AAN process
Leveraging America's aircraft carrier capabilities : exploring new combat and noncombat roles and missions for the U.S. carrier fleet( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores new and nontraditional ways that the United States might be able to employ aircraft carriers in pursuit of traditional and emerging military and homeland defense missions. Summarizes the insights of two Concept Options Groups (COGs)-small groups of experienced military and civilian experts, defense analysts, and potential users who work together to identify promising ways to employ military might in nontraditional ways
Analytic support to intelligence in counterinsurgencies by Walt L Perry( Book )

13 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Insurgency is one of the oldest forms of conflict. Records of ancient regimes show how their rulers were frequently faced with revolts and insurrection. The reality that insurgency is a continual problem has persisted into the modern era. The United States Army spent decades conducting what was, essentially, a counterinsurgency in the American West during the period after the Civil War; the British Army was faced with multiple insurgencies during the period of Empire in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and as the colonial era came to an end in the post World War II period, the Western militaries especially their armies continued to face this challenge. Today, the problem of combating insurgencies continues to loom large for the armed forces of several western nations. Yet despite this, the preference of most Western militaries has been to focus on conventional combat operations against the armed forces of another nation state. This is reflected in the spending patterns of the NATO nations today. Compared with the money devoted to new systems for high-intensity combat, the amount invested in the preparation for irregular warfare pales. Of course, quality does not equal quantity, and a strict resource metric does not necessarily gauge emphasis. However, when we couple the money spent with the relative ability of nations to conduct conventional and counterinsurgency operations, it is clear that the emphasis is on conventional forces. What is the reality that faces the Western militaries today? Iraq provides a useful example. Whereas the major combat operations phase in Iraq lasted some 23 days (from the time U.S. and UK forces crossed the border from Kuwait into Iraq to the last major battle in Baghdad on April 10, 2003) the counterinsurgency period has lasted some 1,700 days as of this writing. This is consistent with the norm of post-World War II insurgencies
Alternative futures and their implications for army modernization by John Gordon( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As it carries out its long-term force structure and modernization plans, one useful approach for the Army to take is based on the analysis of "alternative futures." Having developed several plausible alternative futures (looking out roughly 25 years), the authors describe each one's possible implications for the Army's likely mission and the forces required for those missions, discussing the impact on Army modernization plans. The futures range from a benign, relatively peaceful world all the way to a dangerous, chaotic world containing many "failed states." The research indicated that the creation of medium forces was a good long-range strategy for the Army, since those forces appeared to be relevant in many of the possible futures. Traditional heavy forces were found to be useful in a limited number of the possible futures and should therefore receive relatively fewer modernization resources. Army aviation appeared to be applicable to most of the futures, but there could be a need to shift the balance from attack-type aviation to transport aircraft, depending on which future appeared more likely. In all cases, increased C4ISR seemed to be a very important capability. Even within that category, however, there might be a need to focus C4ISR resources in different ways. For example, in some futures, there would be a need to stress unconventional operations in urban areas rather than systems more applicable to locating conventional enemy forces in open terrain
Assessment of navy heavy-lift aircraft options( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Navy asked RAND to conduct a quick assessment of different heavy-lift (HL) aircraft alternatives and to assess the survivability such aircraft against different threats. The Navy and Marine Corps have used helicopters since the 1940s. As helicopters have gradually become larger and gained cargo capacity, they have been able to carry more and heavier cargo, including vehicles, from a ship to a site onshore and from ship to ship. An HL capability would be especially valuable when access to on-shore facilities is limited. But there are other issues, survivability being first among them. The authors assessed these and related matters and offered the Navy several options; all involve the CH-53X helicopter and some exploration toward a new HL aircraft. The degree of interest in the new aircraft would be influenced in part by such issues as whether or not its capabilities are really needed and are affordable; whether today's ships can even accommodate such large aircraft; and whether, in a joint environment more than one service can agree on the design and funding for it
Keeping law enforcement connected : information technology needs from state and local agencies by John Gordon( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The National Institute of Justice strives to assist criminal justice practitioners on behalf of the Department of Justice through the scientific research, development, and evaluation of technologies and methods. Given that there are nearly 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States, this is a challenge of great complexity, breadth, and depth. Thus, it is crucial to be aware of agencies⁰́₉ technology needs, as well as how they might learn about promising technologies and applications. To this end, RAND researchers conducted interviews with an extensive sample group to determine criminal justice technology priorities at the state and local levels, as well as the means by which these agencies commonly receive information on technology and the effectiveness of outreach efforts by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center. Interview results indicated a strong across-the-board desire for knowledge management systems and low-cost, easily maintained surveillance systems, and further indicated that the Center needs to expand its outreach efforts to professional associations
Observations on recent trends in armored forces by David E Johnson( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For an ongoing project entitled "An Army for Full Spectrum Operations: Lessons from Irregular Wars," RAND Arroyo Center researchers assessed recent "irregular" conflicts and their implications for U.S. Army force mix and capabilities, as well as for the elements that support or operate with ground forces. This paper provides initial research observations on how various militaries view the role of heavy forces (tanks and other armored vehicles) in irregular warfare (IW) and hybrid warfare environments. The views of the U.S. Marine Corps, the British Army, the Canadian Army, the Danish Army, and the Israeli Army are discussed. What emerges from the research to date is that each of these forces believes that there is a role in IW and hybrid warfare for heavy forces, including tanks, because they reduce operational risk, minimize friendly casualties, and provide an intimidation factor against adversaries
How domestic trends in the U.S., China, and Iran could influence U.S. Navy strategic planning( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To help the U.S. Navy understand how near-, mid-, and far-term trends in the United States, China, and Iran might influence its investments, RAND examined emerging domestic and regional nonmilitary trends in each of the three countries.--Publisher description
The Ukrainian crisis and European security : implications for the United States and U.S. Army by F. Stephen Larrabee( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vladimir Putin's decision to annex Crimea and attempt to destabilize eastern Ukraine have sparked widespread concern among Western policymakers that Russia has embarked on a confrontational national security policy that could have far-reaching implications for Russia's relations with the United States and for European stability. The annexation of Crimea challenges two basic assumptions underlying U.S. policy toward Europe in the post-Cold War era: (1) that Europe is essentially stable and secure, thereby freeing the United States to focus greater attention on other areas, particularly Asia and the Middle East, and (2) that Russia had become more of a partner than an adversary. The annexation of Crimea and attempt to destabilize eastern Ukraine suggests that both these assumptions need to be revisited because Russia can hardly be viewed as a partner. The requirement that NATO may now have to build a much more robust deterrence and defense posture in Eastern Europe would require the Army and the Air Force to revisit their planning assumptions that have minimized U.S. military commitments to the region since the end of the Cold War
The Army's role in overcoming anti-access and area denial challenges by John Gordon( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The U.S. armed forces must be prepared to deploy to a wide range of locations and confront adversaries that span the threat spectrum from poorly armed bands to peer-level foes. In future operations, the United States is also likely to face a range of anti-access and area denial threats that require a joint or combined response. Anti-access challenges prevent or degrade a force's ability to enter an operational area and can be geographic, military, or diplomatic. Area denial challenges are threats to forces within the operational area. As they relate to U.S. ground forces, these latter threats are characterized by the opponent's ability to obstruct the actions of U.S. forces once they have deployed. This report reviews selected findings from a study of Army and joint anti-access and area denial challenges. It also proposes a joint approach to countering these threats in future operations. There are important interdependencies and synergies between the services in terms of their ability to overcome these types of challenges. For example, some threats to the Army's ability to deploy to an operational area must be addressed primarily by the other services. Likewise, the Army could provide considerable assistance to the Air Force and Navy in suppressing or destroying air defenses that challenge joint air operations. For this reason, the services will need to work together to develop operational concepts and systems that will be effective in countering emerging and growing threats in future operations
The case for Army XXI "medium weight" aero-motorized divisions : a pathway to the army of 2020 by John Gordon( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors believe there is a mix of extant and near-term combat systems and technologies that will allow the Army to create a number of "aero-motorized" divisions within likely budgetary constraints by the end of the next decade. These medium-weight combat units would exploit the large investment the Air Force is making to modernize its strategic and theater airlift fleets during the first decade of the 21st century. The authors believe that forces equipped with light armored vehicles, next generation combat aviation, and enhanced indirect fire support will provide the Army with a strategic "fist." Aero-motorized forces can be used either as part of a leading edge of a large and inherently slower to deploy expeditionary force or as a central combat component of future lesser contingencies including operations other than war. Finally, the aero-motorized concept will allow the Army to develop thoroughly the doctrine and concept of land-forces operations that have the strategic agility of current light forces and approach the combat power of current heavy forces--major features of a desired next generation Army
Enhanced Army Airborne Forces : a new joint operational capability by John Gordon( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the request of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, a RAND research team examined options to increase the mobility, protection, and firepower of the Army's airborne forces, given likely future missions and threats, identifying a concept for enhancing today's forces by adding a light armored infantry capability. Because the Army requested near-term options, the new concept incorporates equipment and platforms that are already available within the U.S. Department of Defense. The near-term focus also meant that the current Air Force airlift fleet was an important consideration, since Army airborne forces rely on Air Force transport aircraft to deploy. The research team examined notional future brigade- and battalion-sized airborne units, including the numbers and types of vehicles that would be needed to create an airborne light armored force that could be airdropped or air-landed from Air Force transport planes. The primary light armored vehicle possibilities studied were the Stryker (currently used by the Army) and the Light Armored Vehicle, second generation (LAV-II, used by the Marine Corps and the militaries of several other nations). Each family of vehicles would have advantages and disadvantages for the Army's airborne force, with the LAV-II provisionally identified as the preferred candidate. A tabletop exercise with subject-matter experts, using scenarios developed through a review of historical Army missions, identified how the addition of light armor could enhance the performance of airborne units
Improving strategic competence : lessons from 13 years of war by Linda Robinson( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This report contributes to the ongoing debate about the lessons from the past 13 years of war and the requirements for addressing future conflicts. It addresses a particular disconnect in the current debate on the future of national security strategy and the role of landpower caused by an inadequate examination of the national level of strategy made by the U.S. government. The disconnect exists because there has been no systematic effort to collect and analyze insights from those who have been actively engaged in making policy and strategy from 2001 to 2014. A RAND Arroyo Center workshop provided a mechanism for eliciting insights from policymakers and academic experts involved in the formation of national-level strategy and its implementation over the past 13 years. This study analyzes and develops those insights in the context of the debate on future national security strategy. It applies those insights to the future operating environment, which will include irregular and hybrid threats, and identifies critical requirements for land forces and special operations forces to operate successfully in conjunction with other joint, interagency, and multinational partners."--Publisher's website
Domestic trends in the United States, China, and Iran : implications for U.S. Navy strategic planning( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The U.S. Navy faces uncertainty about the degree to which it will have to prepare for a high-end future conflict against a powerful, well-armed opponent versus the so-called Long War against rogue nations and terrorist organizations. The answer depends to a large extent on the evolution of U.S. relations with China and Iran and the future of the United States itself. To help the Navy understand how critical near-, mid-, and far-term trends in the United States, China, and Iran might influence U.S. security decisions in general and the Navy's allocation of resources in particular, RAND examined emerging nonmilitary trends in each of the three countries. The authors investigated current and projected domestic developments in the areas of demographics, economics, energy consumption, the environment, and education. They also examined each country's relations with its so-called near abroad to determine how much of a challenge each of the three nations (plus Japan and Russia) will experience in their own immediate "neighborhoods." The authors conclude that the Navy will have to balance its investment decisions around the following major findings: -- There will be less tolerance for costly, "big-ticket" defense projects in the United States; the Navy's "blue-green" mix will be affected. -- China will remain the Navy's greatest potential challenge, but Iran will continue to defy the United States in the Middle East. -- Further cooperation with key allies in the Pacific and the Greater Middle East will be required, as will an enduring defense commitment in the Middle East
From insurgency to stability by Angel Rabasa( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines six case studies of insurgencies from around the world to determine the key factors in the successful transition from counterinsurgency toward stability
From insurgency to stability by Angel Rabasa( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This monograph is the first of two volumes that examine how countries confronting insurgencies transition from a high level of violence to a more stable situation. It identifies the procedures and capabilities that the U.S. Department of Defense, other agencies of the U.S. government, U.S. allies and partners, and international organizations require in order to support the transition from counterinsurgency to stability and reconstruction operations. During counterinsurgency, the military takes primary responsibility for security and economic operations, but when the insurgency has been reduced to a level where the state is able to perform its basic functions, police and civilian government agencies take the lead in providing security and services to the population. Successful post-counterinsurgency operations can ensure that lasting peace and stability will follow, rather than a relapse into violence
 
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Fighting for MacArthur : the Navy and Marine Corps' desperate defense of the Philippines
Alternative Names
Gordon, John

Gordon, John 1956- IV

Gordon, John 4th

Gordon, John, IV, 1956-

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English (106)

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The future of warfare : issues from the 1999 Army After Next study cycleWar by other means : building complete and balanced capabilities for counterinsurgencyAssessment of Crusader : the Army's next self-propelled howitzer and resupply vehicleIssues raised during the Army after next spring wargameLeveraging America's aircraft carrier capabilities : exploring new combat and noncombat roles and missions for the U.S. carrier fleetAnalytic support to intelligence in counterinsurgenciesHow domestic trends in the U.S., China, and Iran could influence U.S. Navy strategic planningDomestic trends in the United States, China, and Iran : implications for U.S. Navy strategic planning