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LTC James Kievit

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LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED) JAMES KIEVIT was a strategic research analyst at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) from 1993 until his retirement in 1996. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officer for 24 years, he served on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy, as an analyst and study director at the U.S. Army Concepts Analysis Agency, and in a number of troop and staff assignments in the United States and Europe. He also designed the SSI Internet home page.

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SSI books and monographs by LTC James Kievit

  • The Strategist and the Web Revisited: An Updated Guide to Internet Resources

    October 01, 1996

    Authored by LTC James Kievit, Dr. Steven Metz.
    Every day of the "Information Age" makes more material available via the Internet. Yet simply "surfing the 'Net'," while perhaps enjoyable as recreation, is ill-suited for rapidly locating valid, salient information. This is particularly true for analysts or military professionals seeking to develop strategy, to research national security issues, or to provide policy advice.

  • The Future of American Landpower: Strategic Challenges for the 21st Century Army

    March 01, 1996

    Authored by Dr. William T. Johnsen, Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II, Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Steven Metz, LTC James Kievit.
    Armies historically have been criticized for preparing for the last war. Since the early 1980s, however, the U.S. Army has broken this pattern and created a force capable of winning the next war. But, in an era characterized by a volatile international security environment, accelerating technological advances (particularly in acquiring, processing, and disseminating information), the emergence of what some are calling a "revolution in military affairs," and forecasts of increasingly constrained fiscal resources, it seems ill-advised to plan only for the "next Army."

  • The Strategist and the Web: Guide to Internet Resources

    February 01, 1996

    Authored by LTC James Kievit, Dr. Steven Metz.
    Lieutenant Colonel James Kievit and Dr. Steven Metz begin the effort to construct guideposts for strategists to follow. They provide basic information explaining the most important features of the Internet, and a critical review of more than a hundred of the electronic sites most likely to be of interest to research analysts or military planners.

  • The Principles of War in the 21st Century: Strategic Considerations

    August 01, 1995

    Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II, Dr. William T. Johnsen, LTC James Kievit.
    For nearly two centuries, the principles of war have guided practitioners of the military art. During the last 55 years the principles of war have been a key element of U.S. Army doctrine, and recently they have been incorporated into other Service and Joint doctrines. The turn of the 21st century and the dawn of what some herald as the "Information Age," however, may call into question whether principles originally derived in the 19th century and based on the experience of "Industrial Age" armed forces still hold. Moreover, despite their long existence, the applicability of the principles of war at the strategic level of warfare has not been the subject of detailed analysis or assessment.

  • Strategy and the Revolution in Military Affairs: From Theory to Policy

    June 01, 1995

    Authored by LTC James Kievit, Dr. Steven Metz.
    A small band of "RMA" analysts has emerged in the military and Department of Defense, in the academic strategic studies community, and in defense-related think-tanks and consulting firms. To these analysts, the Gulf War provided a vision of a potential revolution in military affairs (RMA) in which Information Age technology would be combined with appropriate doctrine and training to allow a small but very advanced U.S. military to protect national interests with unprecedented efficiency.

  • The Revolution in Military Affairs and Conflict Short of War

    July 01, 1994

    Authored by LTC James Kievit, Dr. Steven Metz.
    The authors concede that the revolution in military affairs holds great promise for conventional, combined-arms warfare, but conclude that its potential value in conflict short of war, whether terrorism, insurgency, or violence associated with narcotrafficking, is not so clear-cut. Given this, national leaders and strategists should proceed cautiously and only after a full exploration of the ethical, political, and social implications of their decisions.