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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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"They Still Need Us"

September 1, 1996 ational security advisers are perhaps the least visible, and yet among the most influential, players in Washington. While secretaries of State and Defense travel the world amidst huge staffs and press entourages, giving policy speeches and making headlines, national security advisers tend to work behind the scenes at the White...

Growing Reliance on Simulation

August 15, 1996 he degree to which simulators and training systems have become embedded in nearly every aspect of military operations and doctrine became clear before the first ground troops ever boarded an aircraft for the recent mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Last summer, pilots rehearsed bombing strikes on a Powerscene computer simulation system, before...

Battle Royal Over Missile Defense

August 15, 1996 ver since resurgent congressional Republicans pledged to resurrect Ronald Reagan's anti-missile shield for the United States as part of their "Contract with America," the issue has been at the center of a contentious tug-of-war between the Clinton Administration and Congress. The debate over when and how to deploy a national...

Technology Sharpens Battlefield Awareness

August 15, 1996 n early preview of a future in which the U.S. military hopes to dominate the realm of "battlefield awareness" is on display in Bosnia. By applying a host of information age advances in command and control, communications, advanced sensors and computers, the military has constructed a picture of the former...

Soaring Technology, Dwindling Budgets

August 15, 1996 onsensus is building among defense experts and Pentagon leaders that the military is at the threshold of a technological revolution. Technologies such as satellite communications, advanced sensors, remotely piloted drones, high-speed computers and advanced simulators have propelled the armed services to the brink of achieving a dominant advantage in awareness...

Aircraft Fleet Showing Its Age

August 15, 1996 chart plotting the average age of the Defense Department's tactical aircraft fleet has caused a stir in the Pentagon's E-Ring. According to its projections, the average DoD aircraft in 1996 is already more than 10 years old, or roughly one-half of its projected service life. Given funding and modernization trends,...

Drug Warrior

August 1, 1996 hen retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, chose Miami as the place to unveil his new anti-drug strategy last April, it was because of people like David McKinney. In a warehouse at the Miami Seaport dubbed the "House of Pain"...

Out of Panama

May 1, 1996 ecay can descend suddenly in Panama. The eight-month rainy season brings 200 inches of rainfall and anything that is not protected by constant polish and sweat is soon claimed by the jungle. U.S. military planners watched the process with their own eyes at Coco Solo on the Atlantic side of...

The Drawdown Deepens

May 1, 1993 here's a saying in the military that no battle plan ever survives the firing of the first shot. After weighing in on the divisive issue of restructuring and shrinking America's military and defense-industrial base, President Bill Clinton might well say the same thing about campaign plans. Take, for instance, Clinton's...