John Grady

About John Grady

John Grady, a former managing editor of Navy Times, retired as director of communications for the Association of the United States Army. His reporting on national defense and national security has appeared on Breaking Defense, GovExec.com, NextGov.com, DefenseOne.com, Government Executive and USNI News.


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Former Coast Guard Commandant: U.S. and Russia Working Together In Arctic

Former Coast Guard Commandant: U.S. and Russia Working Together In Arctic

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Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Robert Papp, in front of a map of Barrow, Alaska during a recent trip. US Coast Guard Photo

Former Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Robert Papp, in front of a map of Barrow, Alaska. US Coast Guard Photo

The former commandant of the Coast Guard said that while “we work with Russia now” on fisheries agreements and more, “we really need them for the [Arctic Council] to be effective” in ensuring safe economic development, mitigating climate change, and assisting those living in the region. Read More

Panel: Law Authorizing ISIS Strikes Could Be Up For Review When Congress Returns

Panel: Law Authorizing ISIS Strikes Could Be Up For Review When Congress Returns

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Image from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) via AFP.

Image from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) via AFP.

Because the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force “has no sunset” or “geographic limits,” a panel of legal scholars agreed that it likely covered President Barack Obama’s moves against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the al Qaeda cell Khorasan, but invoking the old law also opened the door for congressional review after the midterm elections. Read More

Panel: Tackling ISIS Requires A Mix of Diplomacy and Military Action

Panel: Tackling ISIS Requires A Mix of Diplomacy and Military Action

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ISIS fighters in Iraq. Reuters Photo

ISIS fighters in Iraq. Reuters Photo

Shortly before the United States and some Sunni Arab nations attacked targets with aircraft and cruise missiles against targets of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) late Monday in Syria, a former National Security Council adviser to the Bush administration said that air strikes had value in taking on ISIS. Read More

HASC's McKeon: 'Go All-In Now' Against ISIS

HASC’s McKeon: ‘Go All-In Now’ Against ISIS

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.). Reuters Photo

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.). Reuters Photo

While generally supporting President Barack Obama’s announced strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said he wants, “our coalition to go all-in now, so that we do not risk having to use enormously more blood and treasure later. . . . Fortune favors the bold.” Read More

Cheney: Islamic Fundamentalists Not In Decline, Isolationist Republicans Are 'Dead Wrong'

Cheney: Islamic Fundamentalists Not In Decline, Isolationist Republicans Are ‘Dead Wrong’

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Dick Cheney, Vice-President of the United States of America in of the World Economic Forum in 2004. World Economic Forum Photo

Dick Cheney, Vice-President of the United States of America in of the World Economic Forum in 2004. World Economic Forum Photo

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said President Barack Obama was wrong in asserting that the threat from Islamic fundamentalists to the United States was declining during his term in office. Instead, Cheney said, “a whole new wave of jihadists” was rising in the Middle East and that “al Qaeda is not diminished.” Read More

Terrorists are Looking for 'Simpler, Smaller Attacks'

Terrorists are Looking for ‘Simpler, Smaller Attacks’

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Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) fighters in Iraq.

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) fighters in Iraq.

The former director of the National Counterterrorism Center says it is important to “keep the threat in perspective,” but also to realize the Islamic State “is only one group we are concerned with.” But in his assessment, even as strong as the Islamic State has shown itself to be in Syria and Iraq, it does not pose an immediate threat to the United States homeland. Read More

Russia, Baltic Security and Ukraine Will Likely Dominate Upcoming NATO Summit

Russia, Baltic Security and Ukraine Will Likely Dominate Upcoming NATO Summit

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Estonian troops conduct a march past during the Opening Ceremony for Ex STEADFAST JAZZ on the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, on Nov. 3, 2013. NATO Photo

Estonian troops conduct a march past during the Opening Ceremony for Ex STEADFAST JAZZ on the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, on Nov. 3, 2013. NATO Photo

Even though expansion of its role is not on the agenda for NATO’s upcoming meeting, the future of the Baltic states, the continuing crisis in Ukraine and the turmoil over who will be the next president of Afghanistan will overshadow the meeting. Read More

Brookings Panel Outlines Tensions In Ukraine Conflict

Brookings Panel Outlines Tensions In Ukraine Conflict

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Russian troops in Crimea in March. REUTERS Photo

Russian troops in Crimea in March. REUTERS Photo

The way out of the Ukraine-Russia crisis lies in both countries realizing they “are not just neighbors, but relatives”—a goal not easily reached, a former senior State Department official said. He added, “Let’s just hope they survive the next week” as fighting has stepped up around separatist strongholds in Donetsk and Luhansk. Read More

Panel: Taiwan Facing Increasing Chinese Pressure

Panel: Taiwan Facing Increasing Chinese Pressure

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ROC Navy Kang Ding-class (Lafayette-class) frigate with S-70C helicopter. Taiwan Ministry of National Defense Photo

ROC Navy Kang Ding-class (Lafayette-class) frigate with S-70C helicopter. Taiwan Ministry of National Defense Photo

Since the 1996 Taiwan Straits crisis, when China tried to intimidate the island by testing missiles in waters near Taiwan and the United States responded by sending two carrier battle groups to the region, Beijing has built up its naval forces of conventionally powered submarines, corvettes, and frigates to influence events in “the first island chain” off its coast—and looks to extend its reach by 2050 to the Mariana Islands with nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. Read More