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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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Key players angle for slices of Pentagon pie

December 18, 2002 President Bush took office pledging to reshape conventional forces into a higher-technology, faster-moving military. Then, when the United States attacked Afghanistan and beefed up homeland security after Sept. 11, 2001, the Pentagon faced heightened demands on current capabilities, from Special Forces commandos to jet transports to military police. And now...

Anti-drug task force may provide homeland security blueprint

September 20, 2002 U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Office, Havana Aug. 4 dawned here with the promise of another unexceptional day of tropical sunshine and afternoon squalls. Street vendors and beggars were already taking their positions along once-stately Prado Avenue in anticipation of the throngs of European tourists who had taken advantage of cheap...

Clipped wings

August 27, 2002 Arguably 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...

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...