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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.




James D. Watkins, Admiral, U. S. Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, U. S. Secretary of Energy, Chairman, Presidential AIDS Commission, Interview, PBS Frontline, October 20, 1992

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James D. Watkins
James D. Watkins
  • Born: March 7, 1927
  • Died: July 26, 2012
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Soldier

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.

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