Dr. Christopher M. Lehman serves presently as Chairman of the Landing Craft Support Museum Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the service of World War II Navy veterans who served in the Pacific during World War II on a class of naval gunfire support ships that played a crucial role at Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and other Pacific battles. The Foundation operates a naval history musueum aboard the sole remaining ship of its class LCS 102 which is located at the former Mare Island Naval Base in Vallejo California (see: http://www.usslcs102.org/).
At the end of 2019, Dr. Lehman retired from his position as Chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Consulting Corporation, a Washington-based government affairs and international consulting firm that he founded in 1987. For the period April 2011 through December, 2014 Dr. Lehman served concurrently as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Temeku Technologies, Inc. a small business in the defense/aerospace sector specializing in the development and integration of advanced technologies including low observable (LO) technologies, lightweight and composit structures and electromagnetic systems for both U.S government and commercial customers.
Prior to 1987, Dr. Lehman served for ten years at senior levels in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. Government in the national security field. He served in the White House from 1983 through 1985 as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and as Senior Director for Legislative and Legal Affairs at the National Security Council. Prior to his service at the White House, Dr. Lehman served as the Director of the Office of Strategic Nuclear Policy at the Department of State from 1981 to early 1983. From 1976 to 1981, Dr. Lehman served as an Associate staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, working directly for Committee members Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (1976-1978) and Senator John W. Warner (1979-1981). He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1969-1971.
Dr. Lehman has lectured and published on foreign policy and national defense issues and has served as a policy advisor in several Presidential campaigns. A native of Pennsylvania, he received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia. Dr. Lehman also holds two Masters degrees (in International Security Affairs and in Law and Diplomacy) and earned his Ph.D. in International Security Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Dr. Lehman has been honored as a biographee in Who’s Who in America since 1984.
Dr. Lehman remains active in civic affairs, serving on a number of Non-Profit Boards and is also active as a youth mentor. He is married and has three sons and eight grandchildren.