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Katherine McIntire Peters

Deputy Editor Katherine is deputy editor of Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media, where she oversees editorial coverage for GovExec.com and Government Executive magazine. She previously was executive editor of Nextgov.
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Infographic: What Defense Personnel Really Think About the Acquisition Process

November 11, 2014 While the mid-term elections have raised uncertainty about government operations under a Republican-controlled Congress, one area where observers expect to see some action is in an overhaul of the way the Pentagon buys weapons. The current system takes far too long and creates enormous uncertainty for both industry and the ...

Competitive Edge

November 11, 2014 Twenty-five years ago, Defense Department officials were deeply worried about the health of dozens of companies they depended on to supply military troops with critical weapons and equipment. As the Cold War melted down, the department’s senior leaders knew they wouldn’t have enough work to sustain some 50 defense contractors, ...

DHS Orders Increased Security at Federal Facilities

October 28, 2014 Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday announced that he had ordered increased security at federal buildings in Washington and “other major cities and locations.” “The precise actions we are taking and the precise locations at which we will enhance security is law-enforcement sensitive, will vary and shift from location ...

New Texas Ebola Case Fuels Concerns About Care Guidelines

October 13, 2014 After a nurse in Dallas tested positive for the Ebola virus on Sunday, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reviewing the steps health care workers take to prevent exposure to the highly deadly virus. The infected nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was part of a ...

The Pentagon Scrapped $500 Million Worth of Afghan Planes for Pennies on the Dollar

October 9, 2014 After spending nearly half a billion dollars on 20 planes to outfit the Afghan Air Force, the Defense Department turned around and scrapped 16 of the aircraft for 6 cents on the pound—just $32,000, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has learned. The Defense Logistics Agency carried out the ...

Pentagon Scraps Afghan Air Fleet for Pennies on the Dollar

October 9, 2014 After spending nearly half a billion dollars on 20 planes to outfit the Afghan Air Force, the Defense Department turned around and scrapped 16 of the aircraft for 6 cents on the pound—just $32,000, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has learned. The Defense Logistics Agency carried out the ...

The Trouble With Defense Acquisition May Be the Workforce

October 7, 2014 If you asked 31 knowledgeable people how fix the way the Pentagon buys weapons you’d expect to hear a multitude of answers aimed at addressing the cost overruns, program delays and failures to deliver promised capabilities that have come to define military procurement. What you might not expect is widespread ...

The Trouble With Defense Acquisition May Be the Workforce

October 7, 2014 If you asked 31 knowledgeable people how fix the way the Pentagon buys weapons you’d expect to hear a multitude of answers aimed at addressing the cost overruns, program delays and failures to deliver promised capabilities that have come to define military procurement. What you might not expect is widespread ...

Measuring Up

September 9, 2014 Few people know more about performance metrics than Harry Hatry, director of the Public Management Program at the Urban Institute. Government Executive Deputy Editor Katherine McIntire Peters spoke with Hatry in August at his office in Washington. When you talk about “performance management” what do you mean? It’s a lot ...

Defense Cuts Come Home to Roost -- In Virginia

August 15, 2014 Untangling a state's economy from the capricious nature of federal spending has been many a governor's goal. For Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, that quest has found new urgency. He told lawmakers in Richmond Friday morning that the state is looking at a $2.4 billion hole in its budget over the ...