John Grady

About John Grady

Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.


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Iran Slowing Cooperation With Nuclear Monitors

Iran Slowing Cooperation With Nuclear Monitors

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An undated photo of the reactor building of Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant. Iranian Students News Agency photo

An undated photo of the reactor building of Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant. Iranian Students News Agency photo

Iran has slowed its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency since this summer and is not providing assurance that all its nuclear material is being used for peaceful purposes. Read More

Panel: China Expanding Submarine Capabilities

Panel: China Expanding Submarine Capabilities

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People's Liberation Army Navy Type-92 submarine. PLAN Photo

People’s Liberation Army Navy Type-92 submarine. PLAN Photo

China is constantly improving underwater operations and investments in platforms, sensors, and even oceanographic research, said Thomas Mahnken of Johns Hopkins School of Advance and International Studies during a Monday panel at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Read More

Former U.S. Commander in Korea: North Korea Could Use More Than Missiles to Deploy Nuclear Weapons

Former U.S. Commander in Korea: North Korea Could Use More Than Missiles to Deploy Nuclear Weapons

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2012 North Korean missile test.

2012 North Korean missile test.

While the United States, Republic of Korea and Japan speak often about the nuclear missile threat posed by North Korea to all three nations, the former commander of the combined forces on the Korean peninsula said the allies may be missing a very real, but less thought about dangers. “The best way to deliver a nuclear weapon to Seoul” could be “a rickety old wooden airplane,” or a drone or a ship pulling into a nearby harbor. Read More

USMC's Paxton: Potential Marine Deployments On LCS And JHSV Carry Risks

USMC’s Paxton: Potential Marine Deployments On LCS And JHSV Carry Risks

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Gen. John M. Paxton Jr, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, on Oct. 2, 2014 at CSIS. CSIS Photo

Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, on Oct. 2, 2014 at CSIS. CSIS Photo

In looking at alternative platforms — like the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) — as substitutes to be used in a wide range of amphibious operations, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps warned the risks could far outweigh any perceived advantages. Read More

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