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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Panel: ISIS ‘Stronger, Tougher and Smarter’ Than Expected

Panel: ISIS ‘Stronger, Tougher and Smarter’ Than Expected

Undated photo of ISIS fighters.

Undated photo of ISIS fighters.

Since the fall of Mosul—Iraq’s second largest city—a year ago, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) has proven to be a “stronger, tougher and smarter” adversary than the United States expected, displaying the ability to recover quickly even after suffering the deaths of key leaders and sustaining heavy casualties. Read More

Panel Tells HASC Fight Against ISIS Will be Long, Could Require Larger U.S. Presence

Panel Tells HASC Fight Against ISIS Will be Long, Could Require Larger U.S. Presence

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 of ISIS. Photo via AFP

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 of ISIS. Photo via AFP

While putting combat brigades into the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) is not feasible, four witnesses before a key House subcommittee didn’t shy away from calling for a larger military footprint—embedded U.S. forces in trusted units, a different approach to air strikes and using controllers on the ground—engaged in what all consider a long-term struggle. Read More

Expert: India Watching U.S. Pacific Rebalance Closely

Expert: India Watching U.S. Pacific Rebalance Closely

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is welcomed with an honor cordon to India's Ministry of Defense in New Delhi, india on June 3, 2015. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is welcomed with an honor cordon to India’s Ministry of Defense in New Delhi, india on June 3, 2015. DoD Photo

Smaller nations are the ones mostly questioning the seriousness of the United States in re-balancing its commitment to the Indo-Pacific region when it is distracted by continuing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, one of India’s leading foreign policy experts said Tuesday. Read More

Bush WH Advisor: Saudi Arabia Collaboration, Greater U.S. Support Needed to Counter ISIS

Bush WH Advisor: Saudi Arabia Collaboration, Greater U.S. Support Needed to Counter ISIS

An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 makes an arrested recovery during the final flight operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on April 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 makes an arrested recovery during the final flight operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on April 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

Saudi Arabia has been a vital, even if less talked about, partner in U.S. counterterrorism efforts, Fran Townsend, a senior adviser to President George W. Bush, said Thursday at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event. Read More

Dissident: Putin Regime is Built on Contradictions

Dissident: Putin Regime is Built on Contradictions

An undated photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin Russian Presidential Press and Information Office Photo

An undated photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian Presidential Press and Information Office Photo

One of Russia’s most prominent dissidents told the Atlantic Council on Wednesday that “the system built by [President Vladimir] Putin is contradictory” because it is “a centralized, vertical structure focused on one man” who can be limited in his view and distracted by competing demands. Read More

Coast Guard Rolls Out New Cyber Strategy

Coast Guard Rolls Out New Cyber Strategy

Coast Guard commandant Adm. Paul Zunkuft

Coast Guard commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft

The commandant of the Coast Guard says cyber “is going to be a domain as natural as breathing” that offers a host of challenges to the private and public sector, and the first step in meeting those challenges is understanding “the need to defend your cyber space.” Read More

Panel: Shifts in Saudi Leadership Raise Questions of Stability

Panel: Shifts in Saudi Leadership Raise Questions of Stability

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died in early 2015. US State Department Photo

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died in early 2015. US State Department Photo

The late April shuffling of the line of succession to the Saudi Arabian throne, plus a major shift in ministers of defense and foreign affairs, raised a number of questions about stability in the kingdom, continuing sectarian warfare in the Middle East, a new arms race in the region and future energy prices. Read More

European Envoys Outline Risks of Not Reaching a Nuclear Deal with Iran

European Envoys Outline Risks of Not Reaching a Nuclear Deal with Iran

French ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud, German to the ambassador U.S. Peter Wittig and U.K. to the ambassador U.S Peter Westmacott at The Atlantic Council on May 26, 2015.

French ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud, German to the ambassador U.S. Peter Wittig and U.K. to the ambassador U.S Peter Westmacott at The Atlantic Council on May 26, 2015.

If talks with Iran fail to produce a solid agreement on ending its program to develop nuclear weapons, a “blame game” could develop that that might lead a number of countries to reconsider their support of continued sanctions, and also potentially set off a new arms race in the Middle East, the German ambassador to the U.S. said earlier this week. Read More