John Lehman
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"John F. Lehman, Jr." is an American investment banker and writer who served as United States Secretary of the Navy/Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration where he promoted the creation of a 600 ship Navy. In 2003–04 he was a member of the 9/11 Commission.

Lehman currently 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 is also a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States 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, and for Mitt Romney in his 2012 bid.

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Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.

We are opening up an enormous new era in archaeology. Time capsules in the deep oceans.

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It's time for an entirely new system.

There is a deep fundamental dysfunction in the way we gather intelligence and provide information to the decision-makers.

Puts in concrete a severely dysfunctional system.

There is a deep fundamental dysfunction in the way we gather intelligence...

It is very troubling, but not surprising.

Now he's got to show who's in charge. And there's no doubt he can pass this. He can get it passed if he chooses to use his political capital and to hold accountable any members that obstruct this passage.

That era is over.

This is the classic confrontation you see in Washington ... because the president now has been challenged directly by the leadership of the Congress and by the lobbyists and by the bureaucracy, ... American Morning.