Navy League of the U.S.

1st National Vice President for Legislative Affairs at Navy League of the United States
Washington, District Of ColumbiaUnited States of America

Jonathan Kaskin

Jonathan D. Kaskin, SES
Former Director, Strategic Mobility
Combat Logistics Division


Mr. Kaskin was a member of the Senior Executive Service for over 25 years. Mr. Kaskin retired with 37 years of government service as the duties of Director, Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (N-42), in June 2012. He was rehired as a Senior Advisor, Maritime, to support the Navy Secretariat’s investigation of the business case for Dual Use Vessels on America’s Marine Highway which he completed June of 2014. He is now a part-time Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses.


Following four years on active duty with the Navy and four years of graduate education, Mr. Kaskin begin his civil service career as an Operations Research Analyst at the Military Sealift Command Headquarters in the Office of the Assistant for Special Programs in September 1979. From July 1982 to March 1987 he served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Commander, Military Sealift Command. From May 1987 to June 2012 he served as the OPNAV Program sponsor for strategic sealift and combat logistics ships (OPNAV N42).

Mr. Kaskin has a BSEE from the University of Pennsylvania (1971), a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Harvard University (1977) and second Master of Science degree in Shipping and Shipbuilding Management as well as a professional degree of Ocean Engineer from MIT (1979).


Mr. Kaskin is a Member of the National Defense Transportation Association, Propeller Club of the United States, Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Life Member of American Society of Naval Engineers (Gold Medal Recipient), Association of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Naval Institute and the Navy League at which he currently serves as National Vice President for Legislative Affairs and Co-Chair Merchant Marine Affairs Committee. He was recently appointed as a Member of the National Academies Marine Board. He was awarded the SES Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in 1999 and 2009 and Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal in 2012.



National Vice President of Legislative Affairs

Company Name

Navy League of the United States

Dates EmployedJun 2017 – Present

Employment Duration3 yrs 1 mo


Marine Board Member

Company Name

National Academy of Sciences

Dates EmployedJul 2019 – Present

Employment Duration1 yr


Navy League–Chairman Merchant Marine Affairs Committee

Company Name

U.S. Navy (retired)

Dates EmployedAug 2014 – Present

Employment Duration5 yrs 11 mos

LocationAlexandria, Virginia

Responsible for drafting U.S. Merchant Marine and Maritime Transportation Systems sections of the Navy’s League’s Maritime Policy and keeping Navy League leadership informed of critical legislative and policy issues that impact the health of the U.S. merchant marine.


Chair, Military Transportation Committee (AT035)

Company Name

Transportation Research Board – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Dates EmployedApr 2014 – Apr 2017

Employment Duration3 yrs 1 mo


Senior Advisor–Maritime

Company Name

Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (PPO&I)

Dates EmployedOct 2012 – Jun 2014

Employment Duration1 yr 9 mos

LocationPentagon, Arlington, VA

Responsible for developing the business case for Navy investment into the concept of Dual Use (militarily useful commercially viable) Vessels on America’s Marine Highway (coastwise service).


Director, Strategic Mobility/Combat Logistics (OPNAV N42)

Company Name


Dates EmployedMay 1987 – Jul 2012

Employment Duration25 yrs 3 mos


OPNAV Division Director responsible for developing requirements and programming funds for Navy logistics ships, Maritime Prepositioning and strategic sealift ships.


Former Executive Assistant to Vice Commander

Company Name

U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command

Dates Employed1982 – 1987

Employment Duration5 yrs

Provided Executive support to MSC’s second most senior official.