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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In Iraq, managing the peace may be more difficult than winning the war

April 18, 2003 V CORPS TACTICAL HEADQUARTERS, BAGHDAD-Just south of this capital city, on April 12, the convoy carrying the V Corps headquarters staff snaked slowly past the charred remains of an Iraqi T-72 tank that was blocking half of the main road through the town of Mahmudiyah. And then the convoy stalled...

March on Baghdad brings mix of power, flexibility

April 4, 2003 V CORPS FORWARD TACTICAL HEADQUARTERS, Central Iraq - A distant shout comes out of the dark of early morning. It could mean a soldier merely awakening from a nightmare. No reason to jump to conclusions, or out of a warm sleeping bag. Yet the shouting spreads through the camp and...

Army's race to Baghdad exposes risks in battle plan

March 28, 2003 V CORPS FORWARD TACTICAL COMMAND, Central Iraq-The sound came with such suddenness and ferocity that all heads craned skyward as if in supplication: An Iraqi Scud missile was boring back through the atmosphere at terminal velocity. Just to the right of the 110-vehicle convoy, a Patriot anti-missile battery answered, with...

Five fights

March 18, 2003 Career military officers work and sweat and bleed their entire careers just to occupy a position of command, and possibly make a difference at a critical juncture in their nation's history. The looming war with Iraq finds Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, the commander of the U.S. Army's V Corps,...

U.S. military has changed dramatically since first Gulf War

March 14, 2003 V CORPS HEADQUARTERS, CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait-Gathering from points around the globe to this trackless desert that was the site of its swiftest victory in modern times, the U.S. military appears virtually indistinguishable from the force that liberated Kuwait nearly 12 years ago. The same Abrams M-1 tanks practice desert maneuvers,...

Guarded reservists

February 18, 2003 Each week more notices arrive, rippling through the everyday lives of thousands of Americans in concentric circles that eventually encompass citizen soldiers, their families and employers, and the communities scattered across the nation in which they live and work. Last week, 17,000 additional National Guard members and other reservists were...

National labs seek edge in homeland security technology

January 10, 2003 LIVERMORE, Calif.-When James Bond needs a high-tech edge in his battle against the latest supervillain bent on world dominion, 007 invariably turns to the beloved Q and his laboratory full of customized weapons for British secret agents. In the deadly serious war against terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction,...

Key players angle for slices of Pentagon pie

December 18, 2002 President Bush took office pledging to reshape conventional forces into a higher-technology, faster-moving military. Then, when the United States attacked Afghanistan and beefed up homeland security after Sept. 11, 2001, the Pentagon faced heightened demands on current capabilities, from Special Forces commandos to jet transports to military police. And now...

Anti-drug task force may provide homeland security blueprint

September 20, 2002 U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Office, Havana Aug. 4 dawned here with the promise of another unexceptional day of tropical sunshine and afternoon squalls. Street vendors and beggars were already taking their positions along once-stately Prado Avenue in anticipation of the throngs of European tourists who had taken advantage of cheap...

Clipped wings

August 27, 2002 Arguably these should be the best of times for the defense industry in general, and for the manufacturers of military aircraft in particular. The nation is engaged in a war against international terrorism where money is hardly an object. The first campaign in that struggle in Afghanistan highlighted the revolutionary...

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