J.D. Gordon Biography
J.D. Gordon is a former Pentagon spokesman who served under Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary Robert Gates from 2005-2009.
He has also served on three Republican presidential campaigns as a full time senior National Security/Foreign Policy Advisor during 2012 and 2016 election cycles -- Herman Cain, former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump respectively. During the 2010 Congressional election cycle, he arranged speaking events for former Gov. Sarah Palin.
Gordon has served as a Senior Fellow and Advisor to numerous think tanks and foundations based in Washington, DC. A past Contributor to Fox News.com, The Washington Times, The Daily Caller and The Hill, he regularly appears as a national security and foreign policy commentator on a wide variety of international, national and local Washington, DC television and radio outlets in English and Spanish languages.
A career Navy public affairs officer and retired Commander, he has been the on-scene spokesman for numerous internationally newsworthy events over a 20-year active duty career.
This includes the Haitian and Cuban refugee crises at Guantanamo of 1994; Operation Restore Democracy, the subsequent multi-national force deployment to Haiti also in 1994; US dual-carrier operations in the East China Sea during the China-Taiwan missile crisis of 1996; NATO's Stabilization Force (SFOR) in the former Republic of Yugoslavia in 1997; the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in 1998; the Navy's efforts to maintain the Atlantic Fleet's primary training range, located on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico from 1999-2001; Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines, the Special Operations Command Pacific deployment to the southern Philippines in 2002; and the first USN ship visit to Vietnam since the Vietnam War onboard Frigate USS Vandegrift in 2003.
Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey where he graduated from Wall High School, Gordon was commissioned as an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Pennsylvania State University where he received a B.A. in Communications. Gordon also holds an M.A. in Diplomacy from Norwich University, a certificate from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College. In 2012, he founded Protect America Today, a Super PAC focused on strong national security and foreign policy.