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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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Army official resigns over Crusader probe

May 10, 2002 A top official in the Army's Congressional liaison office resigned Friday after an investigation by the Army's inspector general showed he produced inflammatory and misleading "talking points" on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's decision to cancel the Crusader howitzer program earlier this week. According to statement released by the Army, Kenneth...

Exercise tests Pentagon response to attack

May 8, 2002 Nearly eight months after terrorists flew a hijacked passenger jet into the Pentagon, the nation's military headquarters was once again the scene of a terrorist attack. This time, though, the casualties were faked. About 300 people took part in a mock chemical attack in the Pentagon's center courtyard Wednesday, to...

Army inspector general probes Crusader lobbying

May 3, 2002 The Army's inspector general is investigating the conduct of Army officials who sought support from members of Congress for the controversial Crusader howitzer program after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced his intention to cancel the program. The investigation is a significant embarrassment for the Army and Army Secretary Thomas White,...

Lost In Translation

May 1, 2002 A critical shortage of federal employees with foreign language skills is hurting national security. hen then-CIA field agent Robert Baer served in Tajikistan in the early 1990s, he saw a golden opportunity to collect information that might prove vital to U.S. interests. Thousands of refugees were pouring into Tajikistan from...

Lacking a strategy, homeland security languishes

April 30, 2002 The Bush administration is not doing enough to protect Americans from future terrorist attacks, according to lawmakers and a new study on homeland security released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. The study, "Protecting the American Homeland: A Preliminary Analysis," concludes that the White House Office of...

Security vs. Bureaucracy

April 1, 2002 After terrorists, the biggest threat Tom Ridge faces may come from the agencies he oversees. omeland Security Director Tom Ridge should consider the advice of British author Agatha Christie, who once observed: "Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody." Not surprisingly, Ridge, who recently...

Army revamps installation management

March 25, 2002 For years, garrison commanders have waged a series of losing battles against the Army's major commands to cover the costs of maintaining and operating facilities and services at their installations. Under a new installation management plan set to begin in October, they will have a fighting chance. Under the new...

Book review: Exposing holes in the CIA's war on terrorism

March 7, 2002 Late in 1994, Robert Baer, a CIA operations officer with more than 20 years of experience working the streets of the Middle East, found himself shuttling between Washington and various foreign outposts-often passing through London. On these layovers, Baer, who is fluent in Arabic, would inevitably wander through central London's...

Seeking Safe Harbor

March 1, 2002 Sea trade is the backbone of the global economy. It's also the Achilles' heel of homeland security. f Bryan Smith doesn't look like a soldier, it's because he's serving in an unconventional war. The front line that the journeyman Customs inspector serves on is the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on...

Federal audits improve, but real work lies ahead, OMB says

February 28, 2002 Federal agencies are getting better at balancing their books, but must dramatically improve how they account for their money to meet the Bush administration's financial management goals, Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels said Thursday. Daniels spoke at an OMB event in which fiscal 2001 financial audits for...