NDIA statement on the confirmation of Grady as vice chair of the Joint Chiefs

Navy Adm. Christopher Grady

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Defense Industrial Association offers the following statement on the Dec. 16 confirmation of Navy Adm. Christopher Grady as vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

NDIA commends the Thursday evening voice vote by the Senate confirming the nomination of Navy Adm. Christopher Grady to serve as vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, following the retirement of Vice Chair Air Force Gen. John Hyten.

Grady previously led Fleet Forces Command, which is responsible for manning, training and equipping the fleet before deployments for the Navy as well as joint missions. His experience leading the command will be valuable as the Pentagon seeks to modernize the military to counter recent aggression from adversaries Russia and China.

He will also lead the Pentagon’s Joint Requirements Oversight Council, which has keen supervision of military acquisition programs development. 

“I think that stable and predictable and adequate funding is important, and that it needs to keep pace with the threat and inflation,” Grady told senators during his confirmation hearing, regarding the defense budget. 

Grady’s commitment to bipartisan service, a stable budget and the warfighter was evident as he excelled in his hearing earlier this month and passed the Senate Armed Services Committee vote Dec 14.

We urge the Senate to release all holds and work swiftly to confirm the remaining Defense Department nominees awaiting votes to provide the leadership and strategic direction needed to ensure our national security.

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