Katherine Kidder

Katherine Kidder is a research associate at the Center for a New American Security’s Military, Veterans, and Society Program. She is a doctoral candidate in security studies at Kansas State University, where she focused on defense and development policy. She writes extensively on military retention rates, professional military education, defense budgeting, and foreign aid, and is the spouse of an active-duty Army officer.

Recent articles from Katherine Kidder

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey stands with Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. during a change of command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2014.
Here Are The Highlights From The Joint Chiefs’ New National Military Strategy
Here’s the good news and bad news laid out in the 2015 National Military Strategy recently released by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Connie Crisler, a military spouse, goes through the growing pile of bills she is struggling to pay at her Augusta, Georgia, home.
Family & Relationships
How Military Spouses Are Impacting Retention Rates
Shifting family dynamics are impacting retention as couples wrestle how to optimize their options as a unit.
First Sgt. Raquel Steckman salutes her platoon sergeants with the 374th Engineer Company (Sapper), headquartered in Concord, Calif., during formation. Steckman is the first female in the Army appointed to a combat engineer unit as a first sergeant.
The Argument For Women In Combat Should Be About Mission Effectiveness
The military must frame full integration in terms of mission effectiveness, not simply equal opportunity.
From left, former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos; CNO Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert; Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr.; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey; Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno;  Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III; and Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Frank J. Grass testify before the Senate  on proposals relating to military compensation, May 6, 2014.
How Should Military Leadership Respond To Calls For Compensation Reform?
The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission report released Thursday calls for military leadership to approach talent management in new and innovative ways. Will the call be heard?