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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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190 presumed dead in Pentagon attack; military readies next move

September 13, 2001 6:30 p.m.--Approximately 190 people are presumed dead as a result of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Tuesday. That number includes 126 military, civilian and contractor employees who were in the Pentagon and the 64 passengers on hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the building, destroying portions of...

Bush tours Pentagon devastation; casualty figures remain unclear

September 12, 2001 10:30 PM--As President Bush toured the Pentagon and visited military service members and Defense civilians involved in search and rescue efforts, Pentagon officials continued to hope that casualty figures in the terrorist attack on the building Tuesday would be lower than initailly reported. Defense officials declined to speculate on the...

Pentagon rescue efforts continue as hundreds feared dead

September 12, 2001 1:30 p.m. -- The Pentagon opened for business today less than 24 hours after terrorists drove a commercial airliner into the building, killing untold scores of Defense employees. The area of the Pentagon where the aircraft struck and burned sustained catastrophic damage. Anyone who might have survived the initial impact...

Defense Secretary says casualties 'will not be few'

September 11, 2001 7:30 PM--In a Pentagon briefing more symbolic than it was informative, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters Tuesday evening the Pentagon would reopen for business Wednesday, despite the devastating terrorist attack on the building. Rumsfeld declined to speculate about the number of casualties, but allowed "it will not be a...

At Defense Inc., Rules Are Changing

September 1, 2001 efense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld lives by the rule book. The former corporate executive and public servant has whittled his decades of experience down to "Rumsfeld's Rules," a collection of pithy quotes, military maxims and folksy wisdom he copyrighted 20 years ago to serve as guidelines for life and work. The...

Chronic Pain

September 1, 2001 Rising health care costs and a growing patient population are bleeding funds from the Defense Department. n late June, the White House sent Congress an amended budget request for more than $18 billion in extra Defense funding for 2002, the largest Defense budget increase since the Reagan military buildup of...

Procurement Outlook Still Cloudy

August 15, 2001 espite months of speculation over Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's approach to shoring up the beleaguered Defense procurement budget, it remains to be seen how the Bush administration will close the gap between the Pentagon's weapons modernization programs and the limited funding for completing them. The military services have ambitious plans...

How Many Ships Are Enough?

August 15, 2001 hen Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld served as Pentagon chief during the Ford administration, he presided over a Navy fleet of more than 600 ships. Today, the fleet is about half that size and shrinking. At the current rate of shipbuilding, the fleet will number fewer than 200 ships by 2015....

Pentagon officials pledge to overhaul personnel policies

August 9, 2001 Pentagon officials are working on a plan to overhaul World War II-era personnel policies for military employees, David Chu, undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, said Wednesday. By next spring, when the Defense Department submits its budget request for 2003, the department hopes to have the framework for a...

Open to Interpretation

August 1, 2001 hen asked if recent changes in the military's space program moved the United States closer to putting weapons in space, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the changes "have nothing to do with that." He reiterated the National Space Policy, released by the White House in September 1996: "DoD shall maintain...