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74: Ready or Not: The Challenges of Military Readiness – With Bryan McGrath

On this episode of Make Your Move, host Gene Moran brings on special guest Bryan McGrath to discuss the complex relationship between the military and government, the challenges of defense procurement, and the importance of sea power to the United States.


McGrath, a former naval officer with command experience, now works as a defense consultant, helping clients with communications, strategy, and thinking. Drawing from his operational experience and knowledge of conflict at sea, McGrath shares insights on the political nature of the military budgeting process, the need for better communication between government and industry, and the importance of fulfilling requirements for the best price. He also discusses his impressive career trajectory and the integral role he played in the development of United States Maritime Strategy. Additionally, McGrath reflects on the challenges and opportunities of his role as a defense consultant, emphasizing the importance of honesty and personal vision.

The conversation delves into the readiness of the military, the state of the defense industrial base, and the potential for non-military industries to enter the defense market. McGrath expresses optimism for the future, believing that with more resources, better management, and technology, the military can improve its readiness and effectiveness.

Tune in to this episode of Make Your Move to gain valuable insights into the military-industrial complex and the future of sea power.

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00:47 – 08:46 Making money by helping companies think and communicate.

08:47 – 17:16 I am someone who can synthesize and discern.

17:17 – 20:38 Be brutally honest with your clients.

20:39 – 29:59 Military readiness -You get what you pay for.

30:00 – 34:06 We will always overspend.

34:07 –36:00 Selling to the federal government -The barriers to entry are immense.

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Gene spent nearly 25 years in uniform, serving in six ships and more than ten duty stations, and visiting over 50 countries serving as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and retiring as a Captain. In corporate, he led legislative affairs for a large international defense company from the Washington, DC office. In doing so, Gene gained a detailed understanding of the defense industrial base and supply chains of myriad platforms, systems and capabilities. Then in 2013, he took the leap to start his own business, Capitol Integration. Since then Gene has helped scores of companies improve their federal positions.

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