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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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Behind In The Biowar

December 1, 2001 History's deadliest weapons are making a comeback, and the public health system is far from ready to deal with them. hen a group of Mongol invaders besieged a Genoese trading colony on the Black Sea in 1346, they devised an ingenious way to clear the city. They lobbed the corpses...

Marine deployment irks soldiers

November 29, 2001 The Army is either unable or unwilling to do its job. That's the message some mid-grade officers are getting from the deployment of hundreds of Marines to landlocked Afghanistan this week. The seizure of an airfield near Kandahar is a textbook Army mission, yet it was Marines, who usually operate...

Guide offers best practices for accountability reports

November 19, 2001 A new how-to guide for agency financial managers offers useful tips for putting together annual accountability reports, those snapshot financial reports that are the federal equivalent of corporate annual reports. Although agencies have been strongly encouraged to produce the reports, they have not been required by law to do so;...

Army chief cites air power limits, accelerates reform

November 9, 2001 Military operations in Afghanistan are proving that the best precision weapons in the U.S. arsenal are soldiers on the ground, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki told defense and industry leaders Thursday. In prepared remarks before a Washington conference sponsored by the Association of the United States Army, an...

Anthrax attacks serve as a wake-up call for public health

November 1, 2001 Improving the nation's public health surveillance systems--the reporting mechanisms by which physicians and hospitals track the occurrence of infectious diseases--will be critical to crafting a more meaningful plan for detecting and responding to an attack involving biological weapons, public health officials told a panel of the House Committee on Energy...

Rumsfeld: War is about 'will'

November 1, 2001 The news media may be impatient with the progress of the war on terrorism, but Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday he has no doubt that the American people understand this will be a long and difficult war, and that they have the staying power to win it. "Americans understand...

The War At Home

November 1, 2001 Federal agencies are badly organized to protect Americans against terrorism. om Ridge may have the toughest job in America. The newly appointed director of the White House Office of Homeland Security is expected to craft a "coordinated, integrated and comprehensive national strategy to combat domestic terrorism," according to White House...

Agencies urged to share intelligence data

October 23, 2001 To substantially improve homeland security, federal agencies must learn to share and use intelligence data much more effectively than they do now, Rep. Curt Weldon, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday. Weldon spoke to a group of federal managers and business executives attending a homeland...

Military resists role in homeland defense

October 22, 2001 Many Americans in recent weeks have been startled to see rifle-toting, camouflage-clad troops patrolling airports and public buildings. Even military personnel have been taken aback by the presence of armed troops in the Pentagon. But the Defense Department is quick to point out that the troops people see on the...

Biological terrorism threat commands attention

October 9, 2001 The nation's fragmented, underfunded public health system is coming under increased scrutiny in Congress as federal and state law enforcement officials continue an investigation into a second confirmed case of anthrax contamination in South Florida. The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Monday that the bacterium that causes anthrax was identified...