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James Kitfield

Senior Correspondent, National Journal

CSPC Senior Fellow

As the senior national security and foreign affairs correspondent for National Journal magazine, James Kitfield has written on defense, national security and foreign policy issues from Washington, D.C. for over two decades, publishing hundreds of magazine features and web stories and reporting from dozens of countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa. His reporting from conflict zones such as the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan has won numerous awards.

Mr. Kitfield is the only three-time winner of the prestigious Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, most recently in 2009 for his first-hand reporting on the Afghan War and coverage of other conflicts and threats. The Military Reporters and Editors Association and the Medill School of Journalism have awarded Mr. Kitfield their top prize for excellence in reporting five times, most recently in 2011 when he won top honors in both the overseas and domestic reporting categories (circulation below 100,000) for his first hand coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The National Press Club honored Mr. Kitfield with its Edwin Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence to recognize excellence in reporting on diplomatic and foreign policy issues in 2000, and Mr. Kitfield also received the Stewart Alsop Media Excellence Award, sponsored by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, for his coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and follow-on events.

Mr. Kitfield is author of two books, “War & Destiny,” (How the Bush Revolution in Foreign and Military Affairs Redefined American Power), published by Potomac Books in 2005, and "Prodigal Soldiers," (How the Generation of Officers Born of Vietnam Revolutionized the American Style of War), published by Simon & Schuster in 1995. He frequently comments on national security and foreign affairs issues on radio and television, including National Public Radio’s “Diane Rehm Show” and Friday News Roundup, the PBS News Hour, Washington Week in Review with Gwen Ifil, CNN, Fox, BBC, C-SPAN, Voice of America, the McLaughlin Group and other broadcast outlets.  Mr. Kitfield is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism.