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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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Military-Industrial Complexity

September 1, 2000 letters@govexec.com t Air Force Plant #6 in Lockheed Martin's sprawling complex in Marietta, Ga., workers in overalls quietly assemble the first models of the Air Force's next-generation fighter aircraft-the F-22 Raptor. Amid scaffolding, the next Raptors are taking shape at separate workstations, their skeletons a mixture of composites and exotic...

On the Brink of National Missile Defense

August 15, 2000 letters@govexec.com ver since President Reagan delivered his famous 1983 speech proposing an impenetrable shield that would protect the entire United States from an all-out attack by the Soviet Union, the issue of national missile defense has been infused to an unusual degree with partisan politics. Many Democrats still deride the...

Headline

August 15, 2000 letters@govexec.com uring NATO's war over Kosovo last year, the widening gap between U.S. capabilities in electronics and communications and the abilities of even its closest allies came into stark relief. U.S. warplanes conducted the vast majority of the precision strikes against Serbian targets and supplied the lion's share of the...

Glory Days of Funding May be Over

August 15, 2000 letters@govexec.com t isn't often that defense research and development becomes an issue in a presidential campaign, but this year it has. Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush has promised that if elected, he will spend an extra $20 billion on defense R&D to facilitate a leap ahead in military technology...

Big Programs Face Big Milestones

August 15, 2000 letters@govexec.com ilitary aircraft programs are, in a sense, the modern equivalent of the pyramids, massive projects that help define national pride and prowess. Many billions of dollars, tens of thousands of high-tech jobs, and the fate of some of America's premier corporations ride on their success or failure. The rapid...

The Pen and the Sword

April 1, 2000 jkitfield@nationaljournal.com nly a few days into Operation Allied Force in the Balkans last year, warning alarms began to sound inside the Pentagon about media coverage of the war. At least one 24-hour television news channel was broadcasting live video of U.S. warplanes taking off from their bases, potentially giving Serbian...

Military establishment eyes McCain warily

February 15, 2000 Perhaps not since John F. Kennedy has a presidential candidate spoken as compellingly to the core values and aspirations of the U.S. military as John McCain. Certainly fellow Republicans Bob Dole and George Bush were genuine war heroes, but their struggle in World War II was of an older generation...

War Showcases Missile Systems

August 15, 1999 jkitfield@njdc.com eriods of war and strife often have reshaped the way Americans view national security, shaking them out of complacency and dramatically changing the normal cycle of weapons procurement. So it was this year, as two major news events galvanized opinion in Washington behind major increases in spending and production...

Y2K Clock is Ticking

August 15, 1999 jkitfield@njdc.com efense Department officials are anxiously awaiting the long-anticipated moment known among some experts simply as "midnight crossing." It will arrive first in the Aleutian Islands as the clock strikes midnight in the western Pacific Dec. 31. Pentagon officials will be watching closely on the computer screens of a planned...

Providing High-Tech Hegemony

August 15, 1999 jkitfield@govexec.com hen NATO announced a cease-fire in Operation Allied Force in Yugoslavia in June, Pentagon officials punctuated the victory by showing reporters detailed video of Serbian troops exiting the province of Kosovo in troop transports. It was a rare moment in the annals of modern warfare. For the first time,...