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 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.
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.
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).
OPNAV Division Director responsible for developing requirements and programming funds for Navy logistics ships, Maritime Prepositioning and strategic sealift ships.
Provided Executive support to MSC’s second most senior official.