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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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Caught in the Undertow

August 15, 2005 The Navy does battle to maintain the size of its fleet. After taking numerous shots across the bow of its DD(X) destroyer program in recent months, the Navy recently sounded an all-hands-on-deck in support of the next-generation ship. Leading the spirited defense was none other than Chief of Naval Operations ...

Losing Altitude

August 15, 2005 Budget-pressed Air Force leaders sweat over replacing aging aircraft. Study the flight line of a modern Air Force base, and you can catch a glimpse of history's most potent instrument of global power projection. It includes sleek F-15 and F-16 fighters, batwing B-2 stealth bombers, massive C-17 strategic transports, barrel-chested ...

Eyes on the Army

August 15, 2005 The service's ambitious agenda has huge implications for modernizing the U.S. military. Pentagon officials view the Army as the litmus test for fundamentally transforming the U.S. military. It's not just that the Army is engaged in unconventional counterinsurgency wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nor is it the fact that the ...

Big Budget, Bad News

August 15, 2005 Defense has more to spend than ever, but it can't afford the weapons it's developing. The United States is a nation at war, and the vaunted "arsenal of demo-cracy" is humming along, pumping on all cylinders. After all, operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, funded this year with an off-budget supplemental ...

Defense budget cuts compel military transformation

January 28, 2005 The Bush administration's much-touted "transformation" of the United States military has always been something of a faith-based initiative. It is founded on an unshakable belief in the transformative powers of Information Age technology and best business practices, and a conviction that emerging dangers to U.S. security are too unpredictable to ...

Army chief struggles to transform service during war

October 29, 2004 The phone call reached him while he was driving his pickup truck on state Route 6 near Waco, Texas, and at first, retired Gen. Peter Schoomaker thought it was a joke. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's office was calling. By the time Schoomaker realized it was no joke, he was already ...

Army learns to live in state of high anxiety

September 17, 2004 BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- This remote village, nestled below hills crowned with church steeples and the ruins of medieval castles, lies at an unlikely crossroads, between a Cold War that lasted 50 years and the hot wars of the 21st century. Generations of U.S. soldiers have passed through the large white ...

Army troops, budget stretched to the limit

September 8, 2003 One of the happiest times in a U.S. Army officer's professional life is when he or she pins on the winged insignia of colonel and takes command of a brigade. And when the brigade is deployed on a mission of national importance, the moment is all the more momentous. So ...

Pros and cons of new nuclear weapons debated

August 18, 2003 Even as anti-nuke demonstrators were organizing protests around the country to commemorate the early-August anniversaries of the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the U.S. Strategic Command held a little-publicized meeting of senior Bush administration officials on August 6 and 7 to advance plans for a new generation ...

Missile Defense Readies for Launch

August 15, 2003 ith the war on global terror and conflict in Iraq garnering most of the headlines during the past year, the Bush administration's once-controversial effort to rapidly develop a national missile defense system has flown largely under the news media's radar. Yet the fiscal 2004 defense budget request includes $9.1 billion ...