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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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 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...

Growing Pains

October 1, 1997 n the steep hillsides of Naples, Italy, super-heated steam and pungent sulfur spew visibly through fissures in the earth. Some U.S. military facilities in this crowded, cacaphonous city in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius-home to both NATO's Allied Forces Southern Europe headquarters and the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet headquarters-lie in...

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...

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