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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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Readiness myths

December 14, 1998 Myth #1: It's a Readiness Crisis No, it's a modernization crisis. During the late 1980s and early '90s, the Pentagon lived beyond its means, essentially by making deep cuts in its annual weapons-buying accounts (weapons spending has decreased by more than 66 percent since 1986) and by making do with ...

The myth of the hollow force

December 14, 1998 As they walked into the Hart Senate Office Building on Sept. 29 for one of the most anticipated national security hearings of recent years, the Joint Chiefs of Staff carried a message that officers of their generation had hoped never to deliver. All five men, survivors of the Vietnam War ...

Into and out of the breach with Iraq, again

November 17, 1998 Once more (it's beginning to seem like evermore) into and out of the breach with Saddam Hussein. And once more, the questions in Washington have been much the same. Would the United States strike, or would Saddam's cheat be met with another American retreat? And if we struck, what then? ...

Hot Spot

November 1, 1998 jkitfield@njdc.com nside the Navy's new, windowless headquarters building for its forces in the Mediterranean, dots on an electronic map pinpoint ongoing operations and potential flashpoints. Sitting in Naples, Italy, just beyond the shadow of Mount Vesuvius and within range of Libya's Al Fatah missiles and MiG-29 aircraft, this underground command-and-control ...

In Bosnia, troops face long, hard slog

September 8, 1998 ZVORNIK, Bosnia-Herzegovina-For Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Steven Holliday and other peacekeepers in the traumatized land of Bosnia, homely signs of normalcy-a well-tended vegetable garden, the silhouette of houses unmarred by shell craters, city lights-carry geopolitical significance. "To me, the best barometers are children and old people. If they're waving, then ...

Agencies to spend billions on security upgrades

August 20, 1998 Buildings reduced to crumbled concrete; debris and carnage scattered over city blocks. These scenes from last week's terrorist attacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam were a terrifying replay of bombings in cities as disparate as New York, Dhahran, Oklahoma City and Buenos Aires. In all of those cities, the ...

The End of Merger Mania

August 15, 1998 jkitfield@njdc.com hroughout the post-Cold War era, the operative metaphor for a rapidly shrinking defense industrial base has been an event since dubbed "the Last Supper." At that infamous 1993 dinner, Pentagon officials informed the assembled leaders of America's premier defense and aerospace companies that fewer than half would survive the ...

The Simulated Revolution

August 15, 1998 jkitfield@njdc.com dvanced simulation systems are best known in the military for helping kick off the "revolution in military affairs," ushering in a new era where warriors hone their skills on virtual battlefields before confronting the real thing. Perhaps the greatest untapped potential for advanced simulations and modeling, however, lies in ...

Millenium Nightmare Looms

August 15, 1998 jkitfield@njdc.com he rumble of underground nuclear tests and a rapidly escalating arms race between India and Pakistan have once again raised the specter of nuclear war in a world that had worked most of the past decade to exorcise that 20th century demon. The emergence of two newly declared nuclear ...

Millenium Nightmare Looms

August 15, 1998 jkitfield@njdc.com ike virtually every American company or government organization, the Defense Department faces a twofold challenge in preparing its vast communications systems for the year 2000. Not only must its own systems function as the clock strikes midnight at the close of Dec. 31, 1999, but the computer systems of ...