"Have a sound strategy, and stick to it. Have a robust but achievable force goal. Cut costs and increase competition everywhere you can. Balance and adjust the fleet among all its competing missions, regions, and levels of conflict, and above all, ensure the capability to deter or defeat the most dangerous potential enemies of our nation."
-John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy, Feb. 5, 1981 - April 10, 1987
Read The Historic Role of the Secretary of the Navy [156KB pdf.] by Sarandis Papadopoulos, Ph.D., Secretariat Historian.
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