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Oceans Ventured

Winning the Cold War at Sea

John Lehman



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16 June 2020
When Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, the United States and NATO were losing the Cold War. The USSR had superiority in conventional weapons and manpower in Europe, and had embarked on a construction programme to gain naval pre-eminence. But Reagan had a plan. Reagan pushed Congress to build the navy back to its 1945 strength. He gathered a circle of experienced naval planners, including the author, to devise an aggressive strategy. New radars, sensors and emissions technology would make ghosts of US submarines and surface fleets. They would operate aircraft carriers in Arctic waters which no navy had attempted. The Soviets, surrounded by their forward naval strategy, bankrupted their economy trying to keep pace. It wasn't long before the Berlin Wall fell and the USSR was disbanded.
By:   John Lehman
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   289g
ISBN:   9780393367881
ISBN 10:   0393367886
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   16 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Lehman, a former U.S. Navy aviator, served as United States secretary of the navy from 1981 to 1987. From 2003 to 2004, he was a member of the 9/11 Commission. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Reviews for Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea

In the 1992 film A Few Good Men, a furious Col. Nathan R. Jessep exclaimed to his courtroom tormentors-Navy Officers-words that are actually true regarding almost all civilians in this age of complex professional military establishments configured for myriad and rapidly evolving threats: You have no idea how to defend a nation. Lehman's book is a rare window into that world, and a validation of the axiom that if you want peace, prepare for war. -- George F. Will - The Washington Post Based upon meticulous research and newly declassified documents, Lehman's fresh account has the grip of a well-crafted adventure novel. His perspective is uniquely authoritative: he was a key architect of American strategy, a crucial figure in its execution, and an active participant as a qualified naval aviator. A must-read. -- Senator John McCain Lehman's words are essential to understanding the Navy's role and performance during the Cold War and its contribution to the downfall of the Soviet Union. -- Seapower Magazine

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