Official Portrait of John F. Lehman

John F. Lehman, Jr. served as Secretary of the Navy from 1981 to 1987. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Cambridge, he is the author of multiple books. His most recent is Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea (W. W. Norton and Company, 2018). He is also a retired Navy reserve captain who flew as a bombardier-navigator in A-6 Intruders.

Articles by John Lehman


'Our Enemy Is Not Terrorism'

By John Lehman
May 2004
The former Secretary of the Navy and current member of the Kean Commission investigating the 11 September 2001 attacks addresses the Naval Institutes 130th Annual Meeting.

The 600-Ship Navy

By John F. Lehman, Jr.
January 1986
Geography, alliances, and the Soviet threat combine to dictate the actual numbers of ships—the "size of the Navy"—required to fulfill our commitments in each of our maritime theaters. And this ...

Books by John Lehman