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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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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...

Agencies on high alert; Homeland Security Office goes into operation

October 8, 2001 In the wake of the military strikes on Afghanistan over the Columbus Day holiday weekend, federal agencies went on heightened alert as administration officials warned that retaliatory terrorist attacks in the United States were possible. In anticipation of further terrorist strikes against Americans, federal officials stepped up security at federal...

U.S. strikes at terrorist targets in Afghanistan

October 8, 2001 The Bush administration on Sunday launched what promises to be a long and difficult military campaign against Afghanistan's ruling Taliban forces, which have long supported the al Queda terrorist network believed responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. The air strikes by U.S. and British...

Pulling Together

October 1, 2001 At the Pentagon, generals and privates, executives and laborers found themselves side by side on a front line none could previously have imagined. rmy Brig. Gen. Clyde Vaughn was attending a morning meeting in Northern Virginia Sept. 11 when his cell phone rang with an urgent call from his boss....

Law protects service members’ finances

September 25, 2001 The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday mailed letters to mortgage lenders, reminding them of their obligation to active-duty service members under the 1940 Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act. According to the law, lenders must reduce interest rates on debts incurred before the service member entered active...

Rumsfeld calls up reservists, dodges questions about deployments

September 20, 2001 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday ordered more than 5,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve to report to active duty. The reservists are from 29 units in 24 states and the District of Columbia. They are the first troops to be called up after...