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Sea Control 272 – Changing the Navy’s Force Generation Model with Bryan Clark and Bryan McGrath

Sea Control - CIMSEC

By Jared Samuelson Bryan Clark and Bryan McGrath join the program to explain their latest idea for changing the Navy’s force generation model, getting carrier air wings to operate as a system, required shoreside infrastructure, and more. Download Sea Control 272 – Changing the Navy’s Force Generation Model with Bryan Clark and Bryan McGrath Links … Continue reading Sea Control 272 – Changing the Navy’s Force Generation Model with Bryan Clark and Bryan McGrath →

2 Sep 2021

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Sea Control 272 - Changing the Navy's Force Generation Model with Bryan Clark & Bryan McGrath

Sea Control

Links1. "Disrupt the Navy’s Operational Model to Counter China," by Bryan Clark & Bryan McGrath, CDRSalamander, Aug 11, 2021.2. "Restoring American Seapower - A New Fleet Architecture for the United States Navy," by Bryan Clark, Bryan McGrath et al., Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, 2017.3. "American Seapower at a Crossroads: A Plan to Restore the US Navy’s Maritime Advantage," by Bryan Clark, Timothy Walton, and Seth Cropsey, Hudson Institute, Sep 29, 2020.

26mins

2 Sep 2021

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Episode 575: The Navy's Problems and a Plan to Fix Them, with Bryan McGrath

Midrats

There is one area of agreement among navalists, the US Navy is beset with a whole series of hard, long building problems, ignored for too long. Many, including our highest ranking uniformed leadership, seem incapable of not only acknowledging them, but coming up with a plan to address them.As we enter 2021 and the third decade of the 21st Century, what are our greatest challenges, and what are some steps we can take to start the process of meeting them?Returning to Midrats to discuss this and related issues he raised in this recent article, The Navy Has Problems and Must Be Bold to Fix Them, will be Bryan McGrath, CDR USN (Ret.), Managing Director of The FerryBridge Group LLC defense consultancy.Bryan grew up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987. He was commissioned upon graduation in the United States Navy, and served as a Surface Warfare Officer until his retirement in 2008. At sea, he served primarily in cruisers and destroyers, rising to command of the Destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84). During his command tour, he won the Surface Navy Association’s Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Award for Inspirational Leadership, and the BULKELEY was awarded the USS ARIZONA Memorial Trophy signifying the fleet’s most combat ready unit. Ashore, Bryan enjoyed four tours in Washington DC, including his final tour in which he acted as Team Leader and primary author of our nation’s 2007 maritime strategy entitled “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.”Since retirement, Bryan has become active in presidential politics, serving first as the Navy Policy Team lead for the Romney Campaign in 2012, and then as the Navy and Marine Corps Policy lead for the Rubio Campaign in 2016.

1hr 3mins

11 Jan 2021

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DEFAERO Report Daily Podcast [Oct 29, 2020] Seapower Discussion With Bryan McGrath

Defense & Aerospace Report

On this episode of the DefAero Report Daily Podcast, sponsored by Bell, our guest Bryan McGrath of The Ferrybridge Group provides context and his views on recent naval topics including the proposed Battle Force 2045, fleet readiness and maintenance as well as service priorities for 2021 and beyond.

31mins

29 Oct 2020

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Episode 552: Time to Get Serious about Seapower Advocacy with Bryan McGrath

Midrats

This week we are returning to a critical topic that, like its subject, needs an ongoing push. At the very moment that the need for American Seapower advocacy is most critical, it is nowhere to be found. Are there existing institutions that can refocus their efforts or expand their mandate to do the job - or do we need something new?Building off his article from earlier this week, our guest this week is returning guest, Bryan McGrath, CDR USN (Ret.), Managing Director of The FerryBridge Group LLC defense consultancy.Bryan grew up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987. He was commissioned upon graduation in the United States Navy, and served as a Surface Warfare Officer until his retirement in 2008. At sea, he served primarily in cruisers and destroyers, rising to command of the Destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84). During his command tour, he won the Surface Navy Association’s Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Award for Inspirational Leadership, and the BULKELEY was awarded the USS ARIZONA Memorial Trophy signifying the fleet’s most combat ready unit. Ashore, Bryan enjoyed four tours in Washington DC, including his final tour in which he acted as Team Leader and primary author of our nation’s 2007 maritime strategy entitled “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.”Since retirement, Bryan has become active in presidential politics, serving first as the Navy Policy Team lead for the Romney Campaign in 2012, and then as the Navy and Marine Corps Policy lead for the Rubio Campaign in 2016.

1hr 5mins

3 Aug 2020

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Episode 534: Best of Seapower as a National Imperative, with Bryan McGrath

Midrats

First aired in November 2016, in this episode we have returning guest Bryan McGrath, CDR USN (Ret.) discuss, why a Navy? Why a strong Navy? Why is a strong Navy an essential requirement for the United States Navy?From its ability to project national will, to it hidden hand in the economics of every citizen's life, why is it so critical that we have a Navy second to none.Bryan McGrath grew up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987. He was commissioned upon graduation in the United States Navy, and served as a Surface Warfare Officer until his retirement in 2008. At sea, he served primarily in cruisers and destroyers, rising to command of the Destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84). During his command tour, he won the Surface Navy Association’s Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Award for Inspirational Leadership, and the BULKELEY was awarded the USS ARIZONA Memorial Trophy signifying the fleet’s most combat ready unit. Ashore, Bryan enjoyed four tours in Washington DC, including his final tour in which he acted as Team Leader and primary author of our nation’s 2007 maritime strategy entitled “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.”Since retirement, Bryan has become active in presidential politics, serving first as the Navy Policy Team lead for the Romney Campaign in 2012, and then as the Navy and Marine Corps Policy lead for the Rubio Campaign in 2016.He is the Assistant Director of Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower, and he is the Managing Director of The FerryBridge Group LLC, a small defense consulting firm.

1hr 1min

7 Apr 2020

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Sea Control 152: Bryan McGrath and Mitch McGuffie on Surface Warfare Officer Training

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“A Rude Awakening,” Mitch McGuffie’s 2009 article details his experiences as a junior exchange officer aboard a Royal Navy frigate.“What Happened to Our Surface Forces,” CAPT Kevin Eyer’s (ret.) 2018 article detailing Surface Navy decision-making since 1999 and its resultant effects.The collected USNI works of CAPT John Cordle (ret.), prodigious chronicler of the Surface Navy. 

41mins

14 Jan 2020

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Episode 516: Making the Fleet Ready for a Peer Challenge, with Bryan McGrath

Midrats

Keeping a fleet ready for war is a process of years of careful, consistent, and sustained stewardship of both personnel and material.The easiest parts are the buying of equipment and recruiting new people.The hard parts, maintenance, training, and retention – mostly because they are hard – rarely break in to the open.For our fleet, the structure we live in is the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP). It is a system few understand well, but is one designed around a peace time “efficiency” with only a passing interest in wartime “effectiveness.”Decades of dominance at sea has provided the US Navy the luxury of such, but as China expands her fleet at an alarming rate – do we need a new construct?Our guest for the full hour to discuss this and related topics will be Bryan McGrath, CDR USN (Ret.).Bryan McGrath grew up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987. He was commissioned upon graduation in the United States Navy, and served as a Surface Warfare Officer until his retirement in 2008. At sea, he served primarily in cruisers and destroyers, rising to command of the Destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84). During his command tour, he won the Surface Navy Association’s Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Award for Inspirational Leadership, and the BULKELEY was awarded the USS ARIZONA Memorial Trophy signifying the fleet’s most combat ready unit. Ashore, Bryan enjoyed four tours in Washington DC, including his final tour in which he acted as Team Leader and primary author of our nation’s 2007 maritime strategy entitled “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.”Since retirement, Bryan has become active in presidential politics, serving first as the Navy Policy Team lead for the Romney Campaign in 2012, and then as the Navy and Marine Corps Policy lead for the Rubio Campaign in 2016.

1hr 8mins

25 Nov 2019

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Bryan McGrath on Trump and American Exceptionalism

The Bulwark Podcast

On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bryan McGrath joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss recent developments in Syria with Turkey, the Kurds, and ISIS, the increasingly transactional nature of U.S. foreign policy, Mattis, Trump, and Congress's waiver, plus how American exceptionalism took a turn from the serious to a carnivalesque funhouse mirror version. Special Guest: Bryan McGrath.

44mins

14 Oct 2019

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Episode 409: USS FITZGERALD & MCCAIN Collisions; Observations with Bryan McGrath

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This week saw the release of the reports on the collision reports and Comprehensive Review of the incidents this summer between merchant ships in WESTPAC and the destroyers USS FITZGERALD and USS MCCAIN.The totally avoidable collisions resulted in the death of 17 Sailors and removal from our most important theater two of our most critical assets.Our guest for the full hour will be Bryan McGrath, CDR, USN (Ret.).Bryan grew up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987. He was commissioned upon graduation in the United States Navy, and served as a Surface Warfare Officer until his retirement in 2008. At sea, he served primarily in cruisers and destroyers, rising to command of the Destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84).During his command tour, he won the Surface Navy Association’s Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Award for Inspirational Leadership, and the BULKELEY was awarded the USS ARIZONA Memorial Trophy signifying the fleet’s most combat ready unit. Ashore, Bryan enjoyed four tours in Washington DC, including his final tour in which he acted as Team Leader and primary author of our nation’s 2007 maritime strategy entitled “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.”Since retirement, Bryan has become active in presidential politics, serving first as the Navy Policy Team lead for the Romney Campaign in 2012, and then as the Navy and Marine Corps Policy lead for the Rubio Campaign in 2016.He is the Assistant Director of Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower, and he is the Managing Director of The FerryBridge Group LLC, a small defense consulting firm.

1hr 5mins

5 Nov 2017

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