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Katherine McIntire Peters

Executive Editor Katherine Peters leads editorial strategy and operations for Nextgov. She previously was a senior correspondent for Government Executive magazine, where she covered defense, homeland security and energy. Prior to joining Government Executive in 1995, she covered U.S. military operations and training for Army Times.
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Buying Time

February 1, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com uring an Army battle experiment last year, soldiers deployed a miniature plane behind "enemy" lines to take pictures of the battlefield. The opposing force immediately shot it down. It became clear battle planners would have to devise a new reconnaissance strategy, since the maximum altitude for taking sharp pictures ...

On Guard

January 1, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com uplicitous. Scheming. Lying. Self-serving. That's how some National Guard leaders and their advocates describe senior Army leaders. The basis for their contempt? The Army tried to make good on a Defense Department recommendation to restructure the Army National Guard's combat divisions, cutting 38,000 of the Guard's 367,000 soldiers. The ...

Technology Cuts Both Ways

December 1, 1997 kpeters@govexec.com "Technology is our edge" says Lt. Gen. Lawrence P. Ferrell, Air Force deputy chief of staff for plans and programs. Most military personnel would agree. But with the Pentagon's limited modernization account unlikely to grow much larger anytime soon, just what technologies the military should be investing in has ...

Overkill

December 1, 1997 kpeters@govexec.com he United States will spend more than $265 billion on defense next year. That's more than five times as much as Russia will spend and nearly six times the combined military budgets of China, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Sudan-countries generally thought to be our most likely ...

Hometown Heroes

November 1, 1997 ndy Hubert got the call on Dec. 7, 1988, Pearl Harbor Day. It was another disaster, however, that would imprint the day in his memory. The Fairfax County, Va., fire and rescue specialist was about to be sent halfway around the world to the then-Soviet republic of Armenia. A devastating ...

Partners for Peace

October 1, 1997 kpeters@govexec.com A recent exercise in Iceland shows how the American military is forging new alliances with its former Cold War enemies in Russia and Eastern Europe. ew events better illustrate the shifting strategic landscape as those that occurred in Keflavik, Iceland, on a rainy Friday morning in July. On a ...

Supply Siders

September 1, 1997 kpeters@govexec.com n an analysis of the Defense Department's inventory of spare parts and supplies, General Accounting Office auditors discovered the Defense Logistics Agency had in stock more than 618 identification markers for use on military aircraft. The problem was, only 103 were needed to meet current and reserve requirements. Nonetheless, ...

Full Steam Ahead on Procurement

August 15, 1997 kpeters@govexec.com hat are the Navy's top acquisition priorities? Why all of them, of course. Just ask the service's procurement chief, John Douglass. "It's like asking which of your children do you love the most. You love them all," says Douglass, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. ...

Harnessing Technology for the Future

August 15, 1997 kpeters@govexec.com here's nothing like an enemy to clarify a nation's military research and development goals. During the Cold War, U.S. military planners had to look no further than the Soviet Union to establish clear benchmarks for attaining technological superiority over a formidable enemy. Today, with the Cold War won and ...

Ship Shape

August 1, 1997 ozens of senior military leaders gathered in Washington early this year to participate in Dynamic Commitment-a strategic war game that compressed eight years' worth of future military operations into four days. The exercise was designed largely to test defense capabilities and thus help establish procurement priorities over the next decade. ...