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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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No Man’s Land

July 15, 2002 Across vast stretches of the Southwest border, security is just a pipe dream. ou don't mind if I carry this, do you?" Larry Vance asks before he straps a .44 Magnum handgun into a holster at his waist. It's not really a question. Vance rarely leaves home unarmed. His home,...

The Challenge

July 15, 2002 Ensuring homeland security will involve a lot more than creating a new Cabinet department. t's probably fair to say there is no such thing as an ideal bureaucratic structure for dealing with terrorism. The threat is amorphous and constantly shifting. One day it's a bomb at an embassy, another day...

Uncommon Sensors

July 1, 2002 Forget about ships, tanks and airplanes. The future of national security rests with tiny devices that detect danger before humans can. hile defense analysts and pundits talk of a revolution in military affairs, James Gole holds one in his hand: a glowing wafer about the size of a dime. Gole,...

Uncommon sensors

June 25, 2002 While defense analysts and pundits talk of a revolution in military affairs, James Gole holds one in his hand: a glowing wafer about the size of a dime. Gole, a professor of physics at Georgia Tech, along with colleague Peter Hesketh, a professor in the university's mechanical engineering school, have...

Ridge: Trade won’t suffer in new Homeland Security Department

June 19, 2002 Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and Customs Service Commissioner Robert Bonner met with 11 prominent trade representatives at the White House Wednesday to assure them that the speedy movement of goods across U.S. borders will be a priority of the new Department of Homeland Security. There has been concern among...

Few details, many challenges for new security agency

June 7, 2002 The Homeland Security Department proposed by the Bush administration is nothing if not bold. The new Cabinet-level agency focused on protecting Americans from terrorist attacks would dwarf most federal agencies in size and assume many non-security functions as well. Only the Defense and Veterans' Affairs departments are larger. The administration...

Homeland security reorganization reflects longstanding concerns

June 6, 2002 In proposing to create a new Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security, the White House has backed the conclusions of former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore and former Sens. Gary Hart and Warren Rudman. Long before Sept. 11, they concluded that the federal government was poorly structured to deal with terrorism at...

Ridge speaks out on restructuring homeland security agencies

May 30, 2002 The White House is poised to recommend reorganizing federal agencies to more effectively control people and goods at U.S. borders and help local police, firefighters and health care workers respond after terrorist attacks. The recommendations are to be included in the homeland security strategy, which is being developed by the...

GAO: Army transformation goals may slip

May 24, 2002 Military regional commanders in chief say they are eager for the Army to field new medium-weight brigades, but a new General Accounting Office study warns that the brigades may not live up to the Army's billing, at least initially. High personnel turnover, delays in equipment development and shortfalls in the...

Small Change

May 15, 2002 Although most federal agencies still can't manage their finances reliably, many are making progress. ust as April showers bring May flowers, there's a certain predictability to the federal financial audits released every spring. Most agencies' annual financial statements now pass muster with independent auditors-18 of 24 agencies required by law...