James Kitfield is currently a contributing editor and former senior national security correspondent for the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal. Mr. Kitfield's articles on defense, national security, intelligence and foreign policy issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, POLITICO Magazine, National Journal, Bloomberg View, Yahoo News, Breaking Defense, Defense One, The National Interest, The Daily Beast, The Hill, Newsday, Los Angeles Magazine, Army Times, Air Force Magazine, The Stars & Stripes, Off Duty, and other publications.
He is the only three-time winner of the prestigious Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, most recently for his first-hand reporting on the Afghan War. The Military Reporters and Editors Association (MRE) and the Medill School of Journalism have awarded Mr. Kitfield their top prize for excellence in reporting an unprecedented six times, most recently in 2016 in the "Online Journalism" category for his articles in POLITICO Magazine, Yahoo News and Breaking Defense. Mr. Kitfield is author of three books, most recently Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies & Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War (Basic Books, 2016). He lives in Alexandria, VA.