As Director of the Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics Division for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations since 2000, Jonathan Kaskin has demonstrated farsighted leadership in formulating and executing highly integrated sealift research, development, and acquisition programs which have greatly improved the nation’s ability to project its forces, and have prepared the nation to meet future logistics challenges.
Mr. Kaskin's extensive technical prowess and expertise in naval engineering concepts have been critical in bringing many far reaching initiatives to successful fruition. His innovative acquisition strategy has effectively blended a strong awareness of warfighter requirements with a solid understanding of available technologies and production capabilities in order to ensure the optimal balance of mission capability and affordability. His approach has included establishing a broad Innovation Challenge to improve Design for Producibility; identifying critical needs and obtaining consensus through a community-wide workshop; developing an R&D execution plan; and conducting concept designs with a multi-disciplinary product development team.
Through his singular leadership, Jonathan Kaskin has personally demonstrated the ability of our naval establishment to address and accept change and to seek and develop innovative systems and solutions in response to rapidly changing national and international requirements. He has provided the constancy of purpose to enable the Navy to affordably acquire an impressive combat logistics and strategic sealift capability that has proven vital to our national interests; and he has skillfully stimulated development of key technologies that are moving our nation ever closer toward a goal of joint high-speed sealift capability. His dedication, technical acumen, and consummate professionalism serve as an outstanding example for all naval engineers and he is indeed most highly deserving of the ASNE Gold Medal.