John Francis Lehman Jr. is an American investment banker and writer who served as Secretary of the Navy (1981–1987) in the Ronald Reagan administration where he promoted the creation of a 600-ship Navy.[1] From 2003 to 2004 he was a member of the 9/11 Commission.

Lehman currently[when?] serves on the National Security Advisory Council for the Center for Security Policy (CSP), and on the board of trustees for the think tank Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). Lehman was also a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly called the 9/11 Commission, and has signed some policy letters produced by the Project for the New American Century. He also served as an advisor to Sen. John McCain for the 2008 presidential race,[2][3] and for Mitt Romney in his 2012 bid.

Books in order of publication:

  • “The Executive, Congress, and Foreign Policy: Studies of the Nixon Administration” (New York: Praeger, 1974).
  • America the Vulnerable: Our Military Problems and How to Fix Them (1992).
  • Making War: The 200-Year-Old Battle Between the President and Congress Over How America Goes to War (Naval Institute Press, 2001).
  • Command of the Seas: Building the 600 Ship Navy (Naval Institute Press, 2001)
  • Winner of the 1989 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature[15][16]
  • On Seas of Glory: Heroic Men, Great Ships, and Epic Battles of the American Navy (2002)
  • Oceans ventured : winning the Cold War at sea. New York: W. W. Norton. 2018.