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James Kitfield

senior fellow, Center for the Study of the Presidency

James Kitfield
James Kitfield is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency (CSPC), and author of “Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies and Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War.”
Ideas

America’s Déjà-Vu Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Like Obama in Iraq, Trump wants to stop fighting before the war is done.

Ideas

How James Mattis Tried to Explain Trump to the World

Just as Mattis sought to reassure nervous allies, back home there were numerous reminders that the populist and intemperate impulses of his boss will not be tamed.

Threats

Why the Obama Administration Thinks It's Beating ISIS

It will be a 'long, steady, slow-burning campaign,' explains the State Department's Brett McGurk.

Threats

Keeping Iraq Unified Will Be Nearly Impossible

When the history of the second Iraq civil war is written, the February death of an influential Sunni may prove to have ended the last, best chance for Iraqi reconciliation.

Policy

Did the SEALs on the Bin Laden Raid Break Their Code of Silence for Fame and Fortune?

An interview with former SEAL Team 6 member Matt Bissonnette. By James Kitfield

Threats

Did Western Hubris Create Vladimir Putin?

Where the West saw the spread of democracy, Putin saw encroachment. Now, with hard power and bold lies, Moscow has drawn a new dividing line in the East. By James Kitfield

Threats

Why America Should Declare War on the Islamic State

Obama's response to the terrorists of the Islamic State has been reactive and piecemeal so far. That must change. By James Kitfield

Threats

This Is Why Many of Iraq's Forces Dropped Their Weapons

Inside the rapid disintegration of a security force the U.S. spent more than $25 billion to build. By James Kitfield

Policy

Behind Eric Shinseki's Downfall

The VA secretary was undone by an overwhelmed health system and Washington's hyper-partisan health care politics. By James Kitfield

Threats

Inside America's Shadow War on Terror—and Why It Will Never End

As the Afghanistan war winds down, the war against extremists is nowhere near finished. By James Kitfield

Ideas

Dempsey Wants to ‘Rebalance the Use of Military Power'

The U.S. military needs to do less foreign fighting and more foreign training, says Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey in an exclusive interview. By James Kitfield

Ideas

Odierno: Ukraine Shows Us ‘You Never Know What’s Around the Corner’

In an exclusive interview with Defense One, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno talks about the future of the Army and the threats posed by an unstable world. By James Kitfield

Threats

Iraq’s Elections Setting Up ‘Worst Case Scenario’

The winner of Iraq’s election will likely be al-Maliki or al-Qaeda. Either way, here’s why the U.S. loses. By James Kitfield

Ideas

How Western Bureaucrats Stirred Putin’s Petulance into a Cold War Crisis

From the beginning, all sides have been guilty of faulty assumptions and strategic miscalculation regarding Ukraine – and Putin. By James Kitfield

Ideas

Can Another ‘Anbar Awakening’ Save Iraq?

Only disgruntled Sunni tribes can halt Iraq’s descent into another sectarian hell. By James Kitfield

Ideas

Joe Biden Was Right About Dividing Iraq

The former senator took a lot of grief for saying Iraq should be partitioned. He might just get the last laugh. By James Kitfield

Ideas

Power or Persuasion: More Sanctions or Bombs for Iran?

In the art of coercive diplomacy, sanctions and military pressure go hand-in-hand and must be feared, but they still have limits. By James Kitfield

Ideas

Five Takeaways from a Decade of War

After Secretary Hagel’s CSIS speech, Generals Cartwright, Chiarelli and Fogleman reveal key lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan the Pentagon should heed for the future. By James Kitfield

Ideas

Crocker: Send More U.S. Counterterrorism Troops to Iraq

Ryan Crocker, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, knows what it takes to save Iraq: political will and military muscle that President Obama has been unwilling to use. By James Kitfield

Business

Exclusive Interview: DIA Director Flynn on Why Special Ops Will Keep Us From War

DIA's Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn talks about his mission to reform military intelligence and why al-Qaeda is metastasizing. By James Kitfield