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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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Two Minute Warning Sounds

August 15, 1997 n southern California, once the engine room of America's famed "arsenal of democracy," many vestiges of the Cold War economy are slowly disappearing from the landscape. The vast hangars at the former Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino that once housed giant air transports, for instance, now double as ...

En Garde!

July 21, 1997 FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, PA.--Here in the rugged foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, members of the 103rd Combat Engineers Battalion struggle to load a bulldozer onto a trailer in a choking haze of dust. They look like a typical Army unit. Yet the 103rd Combat Engineers are members of the Pennsylvania ...

Crossing the Line

July 1, 1997 hrough the liquid-green prism of the night vision scope, the figures appeared out of the darkness as ghostly white silhouettes, surreal and other-worldly. As they stalked single file out of a deep canyon on the southwestern border near San Diego, it was impossible for the Border Patrol agents to know ...

DoD's Collision Course

June 23, 1997 For those in command of America's armed forces, the future is usually clouded by the uncertainties of day-to-day crises in this or that corner of the globe and, closer to home, by Congress's annual budget deliberations. Recently, though, the belt-tightening demands of the balanced budget agreement and the mission-expanding agenda ...

No Big Deal

May 1, 1997 Like the month of March, major defense evaluations tend to roar in like lions and leave bleating like lambs. On May 19, when Defense Secretary William S. Cohen issues the first congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR)--the third major assessment of the U.S. defense posture since the end of the ...

Baseless Concerns

April 14, 1997 LONG BEACH, Calif.--Once the Cold War was over, the Pentagon began tightening its belt. Scores of military hardware contracts were scrapped or drastically cut back. Military bases that for generations had made scores of American cities and towns virtually recession-proof were suddenly shut down. No other city in America was ...

Dod at Cracking Point?

March 31, 1997 "Dear Boss: Well, this is it. I'm done. I'm putting in my papers and getting out." This opening to a widely circulated good-bye letter from an Air Force pilot has sent shivers down the backs of Pentagon leaders. Frustrated and disillusioned with a military in decline, the mid-career pilot emitted ...

Perry's Principles

March 1, 1997 hen William J. Perry became secretary of Defense three years ago, few observers predicted a happy tenure at the Pentagon's helm. Perry was inheriting a military and defense industrial base reeling from the most profound drawdown in a generation. The post-Cold War era posed a host of difficult problems for ...

Biting the Bullet

January 1, 1997 or an organization struggling to maintain its equilibrium through a budgetary free fall, the news hit like an unexpected blast of turbulence. When the U.S. Army submitted its proposed fiscal 1997 budget earlier this year, Defense Secretary William J. Perry instructed the service to plan for an additional cut of ...

A Watchful Eye

December 1, 1996 s soldiers of the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division were trudging through the mud of the Bosnian countryside dodging minefields in the last year, relatively few of them worried about the families they had left behind in Baumholder, Germany. They knew that their spouses and children were enjoying block parties ...