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D. B. Grady

D.B. Grady is the pseudonym of author David Brown. He is coauthor of The Command: Deep Inside the President's Secret Army (Wiley, 2012) and Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry (Wiley, 2013). He is a graduate of Louisiana State University, a former U.S. Army paratrooper, and a veteran of Afghanistan. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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The Looming Narco-State in Afghanistan

January 16, 2014 Testifying Wednesday before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, offered a grim assessment of the war-torn country—and revealed startling details about America’s hapless reconstruction efforts there. Few have a job as challenging as Sopko’s. As the inspector general, he must ...

Analysis: It's a Mistake to Cancel Midnight Dinners for Marines in Afghanistan

June 3, 2013 This month, the Marines in Afghanistan will no longer have access to amidnight dinner service at Camp Leatherneck. This is reportedly due in part to the 2014 drawdown process, whereupon the bulk of U.S. forces are slated to leave Afghanistan. On its face, this isn't such a big deal. Service ...

Analysis: State Needs a Watchdog — Now, Not Later

April 23, 2013 The U.S. Department of State has not had a permanent, Senate-confirmed inspector general since 2008. This is the longest vacancy of any of the 73 inspector general positions in government, and the effects of this are all but impossible to ignore. Whether it's the boondoggle that is the Jeddah New ...

Why is the Marine Corps fighting with the Navy over a camouflage pattern?

January 17, 2013 Military combat uniforms have two purposes: to camouflage soldiers, and to hold together in rugged conditions. It stands to reason that there's only one "best" pattern, and one best stitching and manufacture. It should follow that when such a uniform is developed, the entire military should transition to it. In ...