|James Leyton in 2372.|
|Assignment(s):||Chief of Starfleet Operations|
|Stationed:||Starfleet Operations, Earth|
Biography (canon and officially licensed material) Edit
Admiral Leyton served as Chief of Starfleet Operations in 2372, and had served as Captain on starships such as the USS Okinawa with then-Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Sisko, whom he promoted to commander and to the position of executive officer. (Star Trek: The Lost Era novel: Catalyst of Sorrows)
After first contact with the Dominion in late 2370, Admiral Leyton assumed a hawkish policy stance, believing war to be inevitable. Leyton was frustrated by what he perceived as the lax and appeasement-minded defense policies of Federation President Jaresh-Inyo of Grazer. Believing it to be necessary for the protection of the Federation, Admiral Leyton used his position to attempt a coup d'état in 2372; key officers in the Sol system were reassigned and replaced with officers loyal to Leyton, and his agents faked evidence of a cloaked Dominion fleet entering the Alpha Quadrant.
Members of Starfleet Academy's Red Squad were then ordered to sabotage Earth's planetary power network, allowing Leyton to manipulate Jaresh-Inyo into declaring martial law. With Starfleet officers stationed all across the planet, Leyton intended to oust Jaresh-Inyo and the Federation Council from power, setting himself up as military dictator of the Federation. His plan was thwarted when Captain Sisko uncovered evidence of Red Squad's sabotage, and when the USS Defiant, carrying evidence of the cloaked fleet fraud, engaged in a firefight with the USS Lakota, which Leyton had ordered to destroy the Defiant. The Lakota and Defiant later relinquished their battle, leading to the coup's failure and Leyton's imprisonment. (DS9: "Homefront", "Paradise Lost"; Star Trek: Starfleet Academy comic: Loyalty Test)
Leyton was sentenced to serve five years at the New Zealand Penal Settlement for his crimes. In 2374, Leyton received a visit from Benjamin Sisko following Sisko's role in tricking the Romulan Star Empire into joining the war against the Dominion. (DS9 novel: Hollow Men)
Leyton's manipulating of Jaresh-Inyo into declaring martial law later proved to be a deciding factor in 2372's presidential election. President Jaresh-Inyo was defeated after only one term by Federation Councillor Min Zife of Bolarus, who had also favored a more militant stance against the Dominion in preparation for the coming war. (Star Trek novel: Articles of the Federation)
On stardate 48579.4 (31 May 2371) Leyton, newly Chief of Starfleet Operations, met with Fleet Admiral Alynna Nechayev regarding the missing USS Voyager and CDS Vetar. Nechayev commented on the geopolitical fallout but Leyton was more concerned about the Voyager crew's families. At the end of the meeting he issued orders that Benjamin Sisko abandon the search, as he'd swept the entire region twice, and listed Voyager as missing in action and presumed lost with all hands. (The Mysterious Case of Neelix's Lungs: "Eye of the Needle")
|Captain, CO, USS Okinawa - 2360s|
|Vice Admiral, Chief, Starfleet Operations - 2370s|
- Note that Leyton's first name "James" is taken from the DS9 novel Hollow Men by Una McCormack. In early drafts of Star Trek: Pendragon, Leyton's first name was given as "Thomas," which was later changed to his middle name.
- In the The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, Leyton's first name is said to be "Robert".