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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With Additional Planning, Safety Measures, Coast Guard Stays On Far-North Missions During COVID-19

With Additional Planning, Safety Measures, Coast Guard Stays On Far-North Missions During COVID-19

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flies by the national security cutter USCGC Bertholf (WMSL 750) in the Arctic Ocean Coast Guard photo

The U.S. Coast Guard’s operations in a COVID-19 environment require constantly gauging risk and accepting that large-scale exercises like Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020 “will feel a little different,” senior service officials said last week.

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Small Crews, Technical Complexity Makes Operating Modern Warships in Pandemic Tough

Small Crews, Technical Complexity Makes Operating Modern Warships in Pandemic Tough

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Rhandy Domigpe, from Oxen Hill, Md., communicates with the bridge watch team during low visibility watch aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59). US Navy Photo

The increased technical complexity of systems and reduced manning make U.S. warships less able to operate if a disease breaks out on a ship than the previous ships that weathered the 1918 influenza outbreak, a panel of experts said last week. Read More

Navy Speeding Up Science And Technology Spending

Navy Speeding Up Science And Technology Spending

Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, Navy surgeon general and chief, US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, visited the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-Dayton) on February 25. NAMRU-Dayton biochemist, Lt. Cmdr. Taj King explains current research studies taking place in NAMRU-Dayon’s inhalation toxicology laboratory – the Department of Defense’s largest inhalation toxicology laboratory for non-chemical and biological weapons on Feb. 25, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s is doubling-down on science and technology spending, using the funds it’s receiving from the CARES Act stimulus passed by Congress during the COVID-19 pandemic, a leading defense spending expert said Monday.

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U.S. Could Do More to Deter Iran Gray Zone Strategy, Experts Say

U.S. Could Do More to Deter Iran Gray Zone Strategy, Experts Say

STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Aug. 12, 2019) Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), Fleet replenishment oiler ship USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) and amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) transits the Strait of Hormuz. Navy photo

When American administrations develop a deterrence strategy for Iran in the Middle East, a model to follow could be how Israel runs a covert military campaign against Iran in Syria while pursuing public diplomacy with Russia, a new report states.

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Panel: North Korea Intent on Flexing Military Muscle During Pandemic

Panel: North Korea Intent on Flexing Military Muscle During Pandemic

Kim Jong Un speaks as he takes part in a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee. Korean Central News Agency Photo

As questions linger about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following a recent surgery, Pyongyang has left no doubt it intends to keep flexing its military muscle with its latest round of air and land-based cruise missile tests, Asian experts at the Wilson Center said last week. Read More

Panel Outlines Benefits and Perils of the Defense Production Act

Panel Outlines Benefits and Perils of the Defense Production Act

Members of TMD’s 6th WMD-Civil Support Team inspect N95 respirator masks at a TX DPS Warehouse in Austin on March 26, 2020. US Army National Guard Photo

While unprecedented in the scope of directed spending, the billion-dollar authority federal agencies now have under a Korean War-era law will speed the production of needed pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies necessary to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, a Heritage Foundation expert on the Defense Production Act’s scope said on Thursday. Read More

Panel: COVID-19 Exposes Weakness in Global Supply Chain, Chinese Global Expansion

Panel: COVID-19 Exposes Weakness in Global Supply Chain, Chinese Global Expansion

This illustration of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). CDC illustration

The COVID-19 pandemic underlines the importance of international cooperation to contain the deadly virus but also spotlights the dangers of over-reliance on global supply chains in manufacturing everything from cars to pharmaceuticals, three international relations scholars said on Tuesday. Read More