James David Watkins was a United States Navy admiral and former Chief of Naval Operations who served as the U.S. Secretary of Energy during the George H. W. Bush administration, also chairing U.S. government commissions on HIV/AIDS and ocean policy. Watkins also served on the boards of various companies and other nongovernmental organizations and as the co-chair of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative.
|In the Navy when you say right full rudder and everyone goes right. It's wonderful. In the private sector [and government] no one pays any attention to you.||Management & Managing Government|
|We have a moral imperative to keep up the search for something better than mutual assured destruction.||Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy|
|This is an era of violent peace.||War & Peace|
|We must recognize the chief characteristic of the modern era - a permanent state of what I call violent peace.||War & Peace|