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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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The Battle for Spectrum

August 1, 2001 aintaining access to space is not just a hypothetical worry for Pentagon war planners. For several years, the Defense Department has been engaged in a low-intensity conflict to defend and hold its place in the radio frequency spectrum-a position that is critical to the military's ability to wage war. But...

Occupying Space

August 1, 2001 The United States hopes to seize a new strategic high ground -outer space. hile President Bush and key Cabinet officers, including Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, peddled missile defense plans in Europe and Asia this spring, a quieter, potentially more significant plan already was...

Mixed Messages on Funding

July 1, 2001 hen Dick Cheney accepted his party's nomination to be Vice President last summer, he made it a point to say that a Bush-Cheney administration would ride to the rescue of the beleaguered U.S. military. "Help is on the way," he famously declared. It was a sentiment repeated so often by...

Race for Recruits

July 1, 2001 The military services are forming some unusual business alliances in an effort to boost recruiting. he engine exhaust catches in your throat and burns your eyes. The heat is stifling and the noise is deafening. But on a Friday afternoon in May, the Atlanta Dragway is a military recruiter's dream-the...

Investing in Outreach

July 1, 2001 Then senior leaders at the Health Care Financing Administration set out to make the agency more efficient and user-friendly, they might want to consult with Joyce Jackson. A technical director at the Center for Medicaid and State Operations in HCFA's Baltimore office, Jackson has made outreach the watchword of her...

Administration seeks base closings, budget boost

June 28, 2001 The Bush administration has decided to seek additional military base closures starting in 2003, and next year will request the biggest overall increase in defense spending in more than a decade, Defense Department officials said Wednesday. The military services have about 25 percent too many bases, Defense Comptroller Dov Zakheim...

Rumsfeld gives Defense a corporate makeover

June 19, 2001 In a move designed to shake up the status quo at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Monday imposed a new, more corporate management structure that gives the service secretaries much greater responsibility for improving Defense operations than has been the case in the past. The civilian secretaries of...

Defense panel pushes quality of life improvements

June 14, 2001 A panel commissioned by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recommended Wednesday that the Defense Department make vast improvements to military housing and bases, and dramatic changes in the military personnel system. "We have too many bases and those bases have too many old structures on them," said retired Adm. David Jeremiah,...

Spending request for Defense falls short of expectations

June 1, 2001 The Bush administration Thursday revealed plans for the long-awaited cash infusion military leaders have sought for flagging Defense Department programs--and it's about half what the service chiefs previously said they needed. The $5.6 billion the White House will ask Congress to provide in supplemental Defense spending in 2001 will cover...

Rumsfeld makes space operations a priority at Defense

May 9, 2001 In his first major decision on revamping the military forces, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday announced far-reaching changes to military space programs and gave the Air Force responsibility for all space operations within the Defense Department. The Army and Navy will retain space programs and expertise unique to...