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JOHN GORDON IV graduated from The Citadel in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He also holds a masters in international relations from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and a masters in business administration from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Currently, he is a candidate in George Mason University’s Public Policy Ph.D. program. Following graduation from The Citadel, he entered the Army as a Field Artillery officer. His assignments included the 82d Airborne and 2d Infantry Divisions, the Field Artillery School, and Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters. For the last 4 years of his Army career, he served at Headquarters, Department of the Army where he was the Chief of the Doctrine Team in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans (DCSOPS). He was also the leader of the Army’s Deep Attack/Weapons Mix Study (DAWMS) team. While in DCSOPS, Mr. Gordon was a member of the Army’s Roles and Missions Commission team and represented the Army at several Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) panels. He is the author of over 30 articles in various publications such as Army, Military Review, Joint Force Quarterly, Naval Institute’s Proceedings, and Georgetown University’s National Security Studies Quarterly. He joined RAND in May 1997.
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Authored by Mr. John Gordon, IV, Mr. Peter A. Wilson.
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.