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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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Growth Industry

April 1, 1999 kpeters@govexec.com ata networks have mushroomed in recent years, so too has the federal bureaucracy that manages security for those networks. The catalyst for much of the growth was the 1997 report from the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, which called for a national effort to assure security for the ...

Information Insecurity

April 1, 1999 kpeters@govexec.com very 20 minutes someone tries to penetrate a Defense Department computer network. But not all of the intruders are outsiders. Defense officials are increasingly concerned about trusted employees seeking restricted data. Just as troubling is that many intrusions could be prevented if workers followed basic security procedures. While computers ...

A Fitting History

March 1, 1999 kpeters@govexec.com he Marshall Center facilities in Garmisch, Germany, uniquely reflect the evolving national security environment of the 20th century. First built in 1937 to house German airborne troops, the installation was taken over by the U.S. Army in 1945 and turned into a prisoner-of-war camp to hold German officers captured ...

Reaching Out

March 1, 1999 kpeters@govexec.com any of the more than 13,000 people who have studied at the Marshall Center since 1948 have since assumed influential positions in their countries' governments. The center is having a profound effect on the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Defense officials say. Mission To serve as ...

Defensive Diplomacy

March 1, 1999 kpeters@govexec.com armisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, seems an unlikely place for a revolution. The postcard-perfect Alpine village near the border with Austria is better known among sports enthusiasts than among politicos. But a military education center here, established after the breakup of the Soviet Union, is quietly stoking the fires of democracy across ...

Money Matters

February 1, 1999 n 1997, for the first time ever, the federal government produced a consolidated, governmentwide financial statement. Or rather, it tried to. It turned out that most of the financial data reported by agencies was so unreliable the statement could not be audited by the General Accounting Office. Among other problems, ...

A Matter of Trust

January 1, 1999 kpeters@govexec.com "Gentlemen, the credibility gap between you and Congress is as wide as the Grand Canyon." -Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. cCain spoke those words in October 1996. He was addressing then-Secretary of Defense William Perry and then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Shalikashvili. Perry and Shalikashvili had ...

Many Threats Yield Many Programs

December 1, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com he Ballistic Missile Defense Organization is pursuing both land- and sea-based systems to effectively counter missile threats both overseas and to the continental United States. "The threat is so varied, and the mission demands so complex, that we do not currently have the technology to allow us to develop ...

Rush to Failure

December 1, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com he deployment of U.S. troops to the Persian Gulf in 1991 to force Iraq out of Kuwait was a wake-up call for military planners. The vulnerability of soldiers to Iraqi Scud missiles demonstrated the critical need for a missile defense system capable of defending large areas by intercepting and ...

Incoming!

December 1, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com n July 15, the bipartisan Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States delivered a sobering report to Congress. The threat of missile attack "is broader, more mature and evolving more rapidly" than has been reported by the intelligence community, the commission concluded. What's more, the ...