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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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...

Leading the New Space Race

August 15, 2001 rare confluence of events has conspired to make a national priority out of the Pentagon's deployment of advanced communications and surveillance systems in space. The way some defense experts see it, U.S. military control of such space-based systems will be as vital in the information age as U.S. shipyards and...

Sowing the Seeds of a Revolution

August 15, 2001 persistent band of defense experts and futurists has argued for nearly a decade that the United States should launch a "revolution in military affairs" to dramatically change the way wars are fought. Their argument was greatly bolstered by recent military engagements such as Operation Allied Force against Serbia in 1999....

Uncertainty In the Skies

August 15, 2001 hese are precarious times for military aviation programs. President Bush has pledged to transform the U.S. military, in the process perhaps skipping a generation of weapons in order to fund leap-ahead technologies. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is reviewing the recommendations of 20 separate panels on how to fundamentally overhaul...

State Department

June 28, 2001 Established: 1789 Address: 2201 C St. NW, Washington, DC 20520 Phone: 202-647-4000 2001 Budget:: $8 billion Employment:: 19,522 Web Site: Functions: The State Department is responsible for the making and execution of American foreign policy. The department conveys U.S. foreign policy to foreign governments and to international organizations; manages...

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: 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....

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