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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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Plenty of Clues, Few Leads on Motive of Bomber

April 17, 2013 For a generation of Americans that collectively bears the psychic scar tissue of Sept. 11, 2001, any act of terror invokes memories of the terrorist attack that reshaped their lives and largely defined the past decade. So the nearly simultaneous bombings of the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured...

Outsourcing the Fight Against Terrorism

March 11, 2013 MANDA BAY NAVAL BASE, Kenya—The C-12 twin-engine turboprop drops through a break in the clouds, and Kenya’s tropical Lamu Archipelago, surrounded by coral-green waters, emerges like a lost continent. Cuticles of virgin white beach line a jungle that stretches back into the country’s interior. Banking, the pilot spots a short...

Obama and Karzai: Iraq redux?

January 10, 2013 When President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai sit down to lunch at the White House tomorrow, they will attempt to hash out a workable separation agreement. The White House would like to withdraw as many of the remaining 68,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan as rapidly as possible between now...

Analysis: The military knows it has a morality problem

December 7, 2012 It has not been a good year for America’s armed forces. David Petraeus’s extramarital affair dominated headlines; 25 instructors are under investigation for systematic sexual abuse of cadets at Lackland Air Force Base; and a rash of senior officers -- at the rank of colonel or higher -- have been...

Analysis: The path to war with Iran

September 24, 2012 In an endless campaign season filled with forgettable speeches and debates, few Americans will recall March 4, 2012, as particularly noteworthy. On that Sunday afternoon, President Obama appeared before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where he was expected to give a boilerplate talk about close U.S.-Israeli ties. Instead, Obama...

Defense Department struggles to deal with sexual assaults

September 18, 2012 LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Every Friday, on a grassy parade ground ringed by vintage warplanes, a freshly minted class of airmen takes the oath of duty and is officially “welcomed into the blue.” Young men and women who arrived at basic training as confused and frightened individuals seven...

Afghanistan: Eyeing the exits

August 3, 2012 During the presidential-election campaign the positions of President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney have converged on the issue of withdrawing most U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Neither the Obama administration nor the Romney campaign has made clear, however, how fast the remaining force of...

WikiLeaks' collateral damage

December 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the curious case of Army Pvt. Bradley Manning began Friday, his attorney argued in a pretrial hearing that little harm was done by his client's alleged transfer of hundreds of thousands of classified documents and cables to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. "All this stuff has been leaked," attorney David...

WikiLeaks' collateral damage

December 16, 2011 When the curious case of Army Pvt. Bradley Manning began Friday, his attorney argued in a pretrial hearing that little harm was done by his client's alleged transfer of hundreds of thousands of classified documents and cables to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. "All this stuff has been leaked," attorney David...

Senate minority leader accuses Justice of misleading Congress

December 12, 2011 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell added his voice to a growing chorus of Republicans who charge the Justice Department with misleading Congress on key details surrounding Operation Fast and Furious. The operation was a secret program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that allowed weapons to fall...