Magazine June 25, 2018, Issue

The Necessary Navy

John Lehman (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zach Allan)
Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea, by John Lehman (Norton, 368 pp., $27.95)

Several years ago, when I was teaching at the Naval War College, I had occasion to write a case study on John Lehman for a seminar on strategic leadership. In this study, titled “John Lehman: Navy Secretary as Strategist,” I concluded that he was one of the three most consequential secretaries of the Navy in American history, and certainly the most important one since the creation of the Department of Defense and the downgrading of the service secretaries from cabinet status after World War II.

I argued that since the unification of the U.S. military services under a secretary of

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Mackubin Thomas Owens is senior national-security fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, editing its journal Orbis from 2008 to 2020. A Marine Corps infantry veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a professor of national-security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College from 1987 to 2015. He is the author of US Civil–Military Relations after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain.

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