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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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Defense Department

June 28, 2001 Established: 1947 Address: The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301 Phone: 703-545-6700 2001 Budget:: $315.6 billion Employment:: 3,423,000 (703,000 civilians, 1,350,000 selected reserves, 1,370,000 active military) Web Site: www.defenselink.mil Functions: The Defense Department coordinates and supervises all agencies and functions of the government related directly to national security and military affairs. The ...

Army shell-shocked in face of Rumsfeld reforms

June 11, 2001 On Saturday, May 12, the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for a briefing on one of the most eagerly awaited of the many secretive ongoing reviews of U.S. defense policy. Dubbed the "Rumsfeld Reviews," these much-anticipated studies are supposed to provide the blueprint for President ...

Space becoming the Pentagon's next frontier

March 20, 2001 CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN OPERATIONS CENTER, COLO.-- The 1,200 men and women who toil in this subterranean city burrowed beneath 1,700 feet of Rocky Mountain granite carry on the long tradition of rendering the unthinkable banal. They perform their bureaucratic routines amid large, electronic wall maps that have been meticulously replicated in ...

Much is riding on Pentagon's latest 'strategic review'

March 6, 2001 When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld crossed the Potomac for his first full Cabinet meeting in late January, insiders say, he was carrying budget estimates for his new President, and a dire message. Just to adequately sustain the U.S. military force that exists today, the message ran, the Pentagon would need ...

At the Pentagon's heart

March 5, 2001 Comptroller, Department Of Defense Among the Washington power elite, the Pentagon comptroller rarely makes headlines, and his comings and goings are little noted on the society pages. Few could pick him out at a Georgetown cocktail party. Yet, as the chief financial officer for the Defense Department, comptroller-designee Dov S. ...

The Peacekeepers

March 1, 2001 President Bush may not like using the military as a peacekeeping force, but the armed services are already adapting to the task. four-man patrol of U.S. peacekeepers shuffled in the early morning cold recently at Camp Monteith, Kosovo, as thousands of unseen birds in the darkened canopy of branches raised ...

Anti-Terror Alliance

February 1, 2001 The CIA, FBI and other agencies are working together in unprecedented ways to combat terrorists around the world. hen FBI Director Louis Freeh and a wave of more than 100 FBI agents poured into Yemen with much fanfare following the Oct. 12 suicide bombing attack on the USS Cole, one ...

Colin Powell: A diplomat handy with a bayonet

January 29, 2001 Colin Powell has a quality that perhaps no other new Cabinet member can match. When he speaks as Secretary of State, he will instantly be heard. His status as an American icon and a former wartime leader virtually guarantees it. And that may be his greatest asset as he seeks ...

Clinton creates counterintelligence czar

January 9, 2001 President Clinton last week issued a directive overhauling federal efforts to fight against terrorism and creating a new counterintelligence "czar." The directive is the result of efforts by senior officials at the CIA, the FBI, the Defense Department and the National Security Council to expand their recent efforts to work ...

Peacekeeping efforts transform the military

December 29, 2000 The remarkable odyssey of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in the spring and summer of 1999 reveals how the demands of the post-Cold War era are, by necessity, transforming the U.S. military. Each military branch is evolving from a forward- deployed force, which is primarily focused on fighting major wars, ...