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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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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...

Defense Department signs contract to begin rebuilding Pentagon

September 17, 2001 Defense Department officials on Saturday awarded a contract to begin rebuilding portions of the Pentagon damaged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Chantilly, Va., was awarded the initial $145 million contract and was to begin work immediately. Hensel Phelps will also continue the Pentagon's ongoing...

As search for missing continues, Pentagon mobilizes for war

September 17, 2001 Search and rescue teams worked around the clock over the weekend to recover bodies of the 188 people believed to have died last week when terrorists commandeered American Airlines Flight 77 and crashed it into the Pentagon. The estimate includes 124 military, civilian and contractor employees who were working in...

Pentagon personnel mourn fallen comrades, begin rebuilding

September 14, 2001 Hundreds of Defense Department civilians, soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines strode through soot-filled hallways into a fifth-floor auditorium at the Pentagon Friday to pray for the wisdom of their leaders and to honor fallen comrades. The emotional, standing-room only crowds at three ecumenical religious services and a Catholic mass three...

As terror unfolded, 'a sense of helplessness'

September 14, 2001 Army Brig. Gen. Clyde Vaughn was attending a meeting in northern Virginia Tuesday morning when he was interrupted by an urgent call from his boss on his cell phone. The message: Return to the Pentagon immediately. Terrorists have attacked the World Trade Center. Vaughn is the Pentagon's director of support...

190 presumed dead in Pentagon attack; military readies next move

September 13, 2001 6:30 p.m.--Approximately 190 people are presumed dead as a result of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Tuesday. That number includes 126 military, civilian and contractor employees who were in the Pentagon and the 64 passengers on hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the building, destroying portions of...