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 and Government Executive magazine. She previously was executive editor of Nextgov.
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The Right Stuff

December 1, 1999 he military's top procurement priorities read like a Cold War wish list. Despite uncontested control of the seas and shipping lanes, the Navy is investing heavily in aircraft carriers, carrier-based tactical jets and submarines. The Air Force, undisputed ruler of the skies worldwide, will spend billions of dollars on...

Military Needs Better Cost Data

November 1, 1999 hile most federal agencies are cutting back to core competencies, the Marine Corps is working hard to develop a new one: financial management. "Business concepts have never really been core concepts for the Marine Corps," said Col. Dave Clifton, speaking at a seminar sponsored by ABC Technologies in Washington recently....

Attention Deficit

October 1, 1999 nformation overload is by no means the only threat to military decision-making on the battlefield. There are other more mundane factors that can imperil the best of minds: The unique stress of combat, the immense fatigue troops often experience for long stretches of time, and the effect of collective thinking...

Split Decision

October 1, 1999 rom the siege of Troy to the battle of Mogadishu, confusion has been an abiding feature of military operations. No wonder then, that in this age of technological revolution, military planners are turning to new technologies to address a problem as old as warfare itself. Besides building more lethal...

Future Fleet

September 1, 1999 uring an experiment in March to test the Navy's ability to respond to an insurgency in a nation friendly to the United States, the greatest threat to the service's powerful combatant ships didn't come from other ships. Instead, the biggest problem was defending against divers attempting to attach explosives to...

Charting a Cautious Course

August 15, 1999 wo trends are shaping up to define the Navy's future: an increasing number and variety of military threats, and a decreasing number of ships and shipbuilders to respond to those threats. It's a combination that worries service leaders. Shipbuilding has fallen to its lowest rate since 1939. Because the...

Controlling Costs On Several Fronts

August 15, 1999 ersonnel cuts, budget cuts and an ambitious modernization program converged in the skies over Yugoslavia this spring when Air Force pilots flying decades-old aircraft began running low on precision-guided missiles. In the past 10 years, the Air Force has seen its budget, troop levels and stocks of spare parts...

Grave New World

August 15, 1999 vents over the last 12 months have served as a poignant primer for military planners struggling to define and prioritize service modernization goals. From missile launches in North Korea and Iran, terrorist attacks on embassies in Africa, nuclear testing on the Indian subcontinent, cyberattacks against Defense computer systems worldwide,...

Modernization Plans in Jeopardy

August 15, 1999 t's a situation that leaves Army officials frustrated and feeling unfairly treated. Many believe the Defense budget process favors expensive, high-profile programs pursued by other military services over the less glamorous but more practical needs of the Army. The proof of the bias is in the numbers, Army officials...

Losing Ground

August 1, 1999 t took the Army less than 100 hours to rout Iraqi forces from Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War eight years ago. To observers, it was a stunning display of the service's technological prowess and might; to Army leaders, it was a validation of the way the service equips...

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