James Kitfield

James Kitfield James Kitfield a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress and a Defense One contributor. He is a former senior correspondent for National Journal and has written on defense, national security and foreign policy issues from Washington, D.C. for more than two decades.
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Full Speed Ahead on Missile Defense

August 15, 2002 une 13 marked a significant milestone in America's decades-long quest to develop a defense against intercontinental ballistic missiles. On that day, the United States formally withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, clearing the way for the first time in 30 years for the Bush administration to pursue a missile...

Pushing Toward the Final Frontier

August 15, 2002 he U.S. military operation in Afghanistan opened a window into how advances in space-based electronics and communications are revolutionizing the American art of war. Operating in traditional garb with local Afghan militias, Army and Air Force special operations forces moved about the countryside on horseback. But they were armed with...

Slicing the Transformation Pie

August 15, 2002 he bellwether for the Bush administration's campaign to transform the military into a more high-tech, more mobile and more agile force is the Pentagon's research and development budget. Money spent researching new solutions to age-old military problems is the seed corn that produces cutting-edge technologies such as the unmanned combat...

Clipping Wings in a Time of War

August 15, 2002 rguably these should be the best of times for the defense industry in general, and for the manufacturers of military aircraft in particular. The nation is engaged in a war against international terrorism where money is hardly an object. The first campaign in that struggle in Afghanistan highlighted the revolutionary...

Building nations

July 30, 2002 When President Bush on June 24 called for new Palestinian leadership and democratic reforms as prerequisites to Palestinian statehood, he did more than signal a major shift in U.S. Middle East policy. In the speech, rather than following the blunt model of "regime change" that America used in Afghanistan-bombings, invasion,...

Bioterror expert says threat has escalated

October 22, 2001 At national security conferences stretching back many years, experts who warned about a potentially catastrophic terrorist attack on U.S. soil with biological weapons were mostly viewed as alarmist. After all, the only proven incident of bioterrorism in the United States occurred in 1984, when a religious cult in Oregon spread...

Waging a war unlike any other

September 21, 2001 Rarely has the nation's capital witnessed such a week, as the Bush Administration took the first, unmistakable steps toward waging a war unlike any witnessed by this generation of Americans, and perhaps any other. Leaders and foreign ministers from around the world shuttled through the White House and State Department...

National lab director makes the case for new nukes

September 11, 2001 To his critics, C. Paul Robinson is Dr. Strangelove incarnate, a Cold Warrior who after nearly four decades working in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex learned to love the bomb. While even hard-liners in the Bush Administration are today trumpeting "deep cuts" in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Robinson, director of...

Tapping donors for diplomatic posts carries risks

September 5, 2001 George W. Bush's signature cowboy boots were nowhere to be seen when the President and the first lady lunched on salmon terrine and roasted lamb with the British royal family on July 19. But amid the ornate grandeur of Buckingham Palace and the assembled royal entourage of Queen Elizabeth II...

Missile Defense Takes Center Stage

August 15, 2001 t no time in America's long quest to develop a defense against intercontinental ballistic missiles have the stars been in such positive alignment. President Bush has made the fielding of a missile defense system a cornerstone of his national security policy, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is one of the...

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