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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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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 ...

High Stakes for High Technology

August 15, 1998 jkitfield@njdc.com n this information age, the United States has become more determined than ever that its armed forces have no technological peer. During the Cold War, technological superiority was considered necessary to offset the much larger forces of the former Soviet Union. More recently, advanced technology enabled the Defense Department ...

Flying Through the Budget Flak

August 15, 1998 jkitfield@njdc.com s it flies through increasingly heavy flak over Washington, the Air Force's F-22 Raptor provides an apt metaphor for military aircraft in general. Due to numerous direct budget hits and subsequent delays, the program has been restructured three times. The planned buy of aircraft has been continually reduced, from ...

The Pentagon's Nightmare Scenario

June 22, 1998 Among the many nightmare scenarios predicted for the year 2000, the most chilling involve the Defense Department. And with good reason: The Pentagon's operations are vast and enormously complex, its reliance on computers and high-tech systems is profound, and its stock-in-trade routinely involves doomsday weapons. Moreover, DoD efforts to address ...

Off Base

June 1, 1998 jkitfield@njdc.com t quitting time, end-of-the-day conversations are swallowed in the vast expanse of the giant aircraft hangar at the Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan Air Force Base, Calif. Suddenly it's as quiet as a morgue. Even in mid-shift, this mammoth maintenance and repair facility for Air Force planes operates ...

Fallout

May 1, 1998 Sitting beside a pond atop a high mesa in the desert near Los Alamos, N.M., a small monument pays tribute to the super-secret Manhattan Project of the 1940s. At this spot, J. Robert Oppenheimer rapidly constructed the largest laboratory in the world, and in the desperation of war unleashed the ...

Targeting Baghdad

February 9, 1998 Last summer, planners for the Tampa-based U.S. Central Command (CentCom) devised a highly classified blueprint for an invasion of Iraq and the capture of Baghdad. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has persistently forced America's military hand ever since his 1990 invasion of Kuwait and defeat in the Persian Gulf war. Air ...

Boot Camp Lite

February 1, 1998 jkitfield@njdc.com he bus load of sleepy-eyed teen-agers who stumble into formation outside a low-slung recruit processing center at Great Lakes Training Center, a sprawling military base just north of Chicago, look tired and wary. Many have been awake for more than 18 hours, and most have never been so far ...

Air Force Spreads Wings

November 10, 1997 Ever since the end of the Cold War, the uneasy truce between the U.S. armed services has been sorely tested. Congress in 1986 imposed reforms that forced the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to operate together under "joint" command. Each new broad assessment of America's post-Cold War military ...

Front and Center

October 27, 1997 They were strangers united by a common dream: to be the first American women to pilot fighters, to steer bombers halfway around the world, to command warships, to help keep the peace in faraway war zones, to reach the highest echelons of military command. In the process, they would have ...