John Grady was the communications director of the Association of the United States Army for seventeen years and managing editor of Navy Times for more than eight years. He is the author of Matthew Fontaine Maury: Father of Oceanography, a nominee for the Library of Virginia’s 2016 non-fiction award. He has contributed to Sea History, Naval History, the New York Times “Disunion” series, and Civil War Monitor and was a blogger for the US Navy’s sesquicentennial of the Civil War web site. His writing on national security and defense has appeared in USNI.org, BreakingDefense, Government Executive, govexec.com, nextgov.com, among other publications. Grady has spoken at the North American Society for Oceanic History, the Banner Lecture Series of the Virginia Historical Society, and the Great Lives series at Mary Washington University. He also has spoken at the Navy Museum, Navy Memorial, Museum of the Confederacy, Mariners Museum, the Maritime Museum of Annapolis, the Fredericksburg Area Cultural Center, and other organizations and institutions interested in naval and Civil War history.