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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Official: Australia Committed to U.S. Partnership as Relationship with Beijing Grows More Complex

Official: Australia Committed to U.S. Partnership as Relationship with Beijing Grows More Complex

USS Wasp (LHD-1) at the Port of Brisbane, Army Maj. Gen. Roger Noble, deputy chief of Joint Operations (left) and Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7 (right) begin the closing ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre on July 27, 2019. US Army Photo

No country, including the United States, is capable of going it alone, trying to meet the economic and military challenges of the Indo-Pacific region, said Australia’s defense minister. Read More

Estonia's Prime Minister Committed to NATO Membership

Estonia’s Prime Minister Committed to NATO Membership

US Marines with Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team-Europe stand in formation beside Estonian soldiers during a rehearsal for the Estonian National Day parade outside the Estonia Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn, Estonia on Feb. 23, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

In explaining his tiny Baltic nation’s commitment to NATO membership by sending soldiers to Afghanistan and deploying ground forces to Iraq, the prime minister of Estonia told an audience earlier this week, “we try to punch above our weight.” Read More

Heritage Index Rates Navy, Marines ‘Marginal’ In Ability to Counter Current Threats

Heritage Index Rates Navy, Marines ‘Marginal’ In Ability to Counter Current Threats

U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 8, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, carry simulated casualties to a MV-22 Osprey during motorized operations course as part Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 1-20 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 6, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The Navy and the Marine Corps have been assessed as “marginal” in their ability to meet the challenges from rival powers in Beijing and Moscow, as well as regional threats coming from Tehran and Pyongyang, according to annual report on U.S. military strength from The Heritage Foundation. Read More

Panel: Lessons Learned from the Battle of Leyte Gulf Endure

Panel: Lessons Learned from the Battle of Leyte Gulf Endure

Japanese battleship Yamashiro under attack in the Sulu Sea on Oct. 24, 1944. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Escort carrier USS St. Lo (CVE-63) was the first naval vessel to be sunk by a single precision-guided weapon, a Japanese kamikaze attack, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Since then the danger to surface warships today has “only gotten worse,” the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs said on Friday. Read More

North Korea Sees Little Reason To Rein In Missile Program

North Korea Sees Little Reason To Rein In Missile Program

Photo of an Oct. 2, 2019, North Korean Pukguksong-3 test. Rodong åSinmun Photo

Since the regime in Pyongyang doesn’t see any reason to rein in its nuclear weapons program or to put the brakes on its ballistic missile technology efforts, North Korea possibly poses “the most pressing national security issue we face,” a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Thursday.

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Afghanistan Wants Partnership with US Military Even as Relationship, Conditions Evolve

Afghanistan Wants Partnership with US Military Even as Relationship, Conditions Evolve

Ambassador to the United States H.E. Roya Rahmani speaks at the Atlantic Council on Oct. 16, 2019.

Kabul’s ambassador to Washington said “passing statements” about U.S. withdrawal or peace talks with the Taliban made in American political campaigns are “not helpful” in setting Afghanistan on the pathway to a future as functioning democratic republic. Read More

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Muting Turkey's Attacks in Syria

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Muting Turkey’s Attacks in Syria

A U.S. service member oversees members of the Syrian Democratic Forces as they demolish a YPG fortification in northeast Syria, Sept. 21, 2019. US Army Photo

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Wednesday that would impose economic sanctions on Ankara for its military incursion into Syria as Turkey seeks to create a buffer against the Syrian Defense Forces, a key American ally in the fight against the Islamic State. Read More

Estonian Foreign Minister Makes a Case For NATO

Estonian Foreign Minister Makes a Case For NATO

An Estonian soldier stands at attention as U.S. Marines with Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team-Europe approach in formation during a rehearsal for the Estonian National Day Parade outside the Estonia Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn, Estonia, Feb. 23, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The foreign minister of one of the smallest nations in Europe said NATO only works when all the territories in the alliance are sacred and every member is committed “to die for your neighbor” if it is attacked. Read More

Missile Defense Agency Shaping Strategy to Meet Evolving Challenges

Missile Defense Agency Shaping Strategy to Meet Evolving Challenges

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) at Kauai, Hawaii, successfully conducted Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03) in 2018. MDA Photo

The Missile Defense Agency is working to up its game to meet new challenges posed by the next generation of precision-guided weapons the agency’s director said on Monday.

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Official: India Seeking 'Greater Customization' of its Future Alliances

Official: India Seeking ‘Greater Customization’ of its Future Alliances

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Masafumi Nishiwaki, Commander, Escort Flotilla Four gives introductory remarks at the Malabar 2019 opening ceremony aboard the Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Kaga (DDH-184) on Sept. 26, 2019. US Navy Photo

Washington and New Delhi, “need to press the refresh button” in building a relationship for the future based on new global realities, India’s minister of external affairs said Wednesday. Read More