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Bryan McGrath

Deputy Director, Center for American Seapower

Bryan McGrath is the founding Managing Director of The FerryBridge Group LLC (FBG), a niche consultancy specializing in naval and national security issues, including national and military strategy, strategic planning, executive communications, strategic communications and emerging technologies.

Prior to starting FBG, Bryan founded a national security consulting line of business for Delex Systems of Herndon, VA, where he directly supported a number of senior clients in the Navy and the Army.  Additionally, he provided critical insight on Navy policy and acquisition preferences to commercial clients, including major defense contractors and small technology firms negotiating the “post-earmarks” era.    

A retired Naval Officer, Bryan spent 21 years on active duty including a tour in command of USS BULKELEY (DDG 84), a guided-missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.  In command, he received the “Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Award for Inspirational Leadership” from the Surface Navy Association and his ship earned the USS ARIZONA Memorial Trophy signifying its selection as the Fleet’s most combat-ready warship.  His final duties ashore included serving as Team Lead and Primary Author of the US Navy’s 2007 Maritime Strategy A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.

In his spare time, Bryan is a well-published commentator in the fields of national and maritime strategy, with policy papers published at major think tanks, and articles placed in nationally marketed periodicals.  He is a frequent panelist at symposia that deal with naval issues and is frequently quoted by major press organizations.

Bryan earned a BA in History from the University of Virginia in 1987, and an MA in Political Science (Congressional Studies) from The Catholic University of America. He is a graduate of the Naval War College. 

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Bryan McGrath quoted in The Washington Post on the reactivation of the Navy’s 2nd Fleet

Bryan McGrath quoted in The Washington Post on recent collisions involving U.S. Navy vessels

Bryan McGrath quoted by The Washington Post on the deadly collision involving the USS John S. McCain

2015 Hudson Institute report by Seth Cropsey and Bryan McGrath quoted by The National Interest

Bryan McGrath quoted by The Washington Post on the decline of the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet.

Bryan McGrath quoted by The Christian Science Monitor on recent navy collisions

Seth Cropsey and Bryan McGrath quoted by Real Clear Defense on the collision involving the USS Johns S. McCain

Bryan McGrath quoted by Inside Defense on the U.S. Navy’s new Guided Missile Frigate

Bryan McGrath quoted by The National Interest on the Navy’s “Distributed Lethality” doctrine

Bryan McGrath quoted by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal on the collision involving the destroyer USS Fitzgerald

Bryan McGrath quoted by The Daily Caller on U.S. submarine activity in South Korea

Bryan McGrath quoted in Reuters on the vulnerability of aircraft carriers

Bryan McGrath co-authored a CSBA report, Restoring American Seapower: A New Fleet Architecture for the United States Navy

Hudson’s Center for American Seapower report, Sharpening the Spear: The Carrier, the Joint Force, and High-End Conflict quoted in National Interest

Bryan McGrath quoted in Foreign Policy on the next Secretary of the Navy

Bryan McGrath’s article on how to grow the US Navy cited in Real Clear Defense, The Diplomat and the National Interest

Bryan McGrath’s speaking tour about the importance of seapower written up in Dorchester Star

Bryan McGrath quoted in Portland Press Harold on commercial shipbuilding in Maine

Bryan McGrath quoted in McClatchyDC on the littoral combat ship program

Bryan McGrath quoted in National Defense Magazine on the number of ships needed to project power in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and Middle East

Bryan McGrath quoted in Navy Times on the deployment of destroyers Spruance, Momsen and Decatur

Bryan McGrath’s congressional testimony regarding Distributed Surface Force operations and UAVs quoted in National Interest

Bryan McGrath quoted in Washington Post on the U.S. defense budget

Bryan McGrath’s article on the size of the U.S. Navy cited in Foreign Policy

Seth Cropsey and Bryan McGrath’s article on the necessity of aircraft carriers referenced in Newport News Daily Press

Bryan McGrath quoted in Foreign Policy on China’s new airstrip in the disputed South China Sea

Bryan McGrath cited in US News & World Report on Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus growing the Navy’s fleet

Bryan McGrath and Seth Cropsey quoted in Information Dissemination on aircraft carriers