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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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It Flies!

June 1, 1996 ave you heard about the C-17? It's tough to attend a Defense Department briefing these days without hearing a plug for the Air Force's newest transport plane, the C-17 Globemaster III built by McDonnell Douglas. So tough that Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall promised not to talk about it at ...

Cashing In on Contractors

June 1, 1996 hree years after the Walter Reed Army Medical Center began stocking its pharmacies through a commercial vendor, the results are still astonishing to Fred Sharp, chief of automation and budget in the center's directorate of logistics. The center previously used seven warehouses to store pharmaceutical supplies, but now it needs ...

Army Revolutionizes Supply Line

June 1, 1996 hen Johnnie Wilson was a captain in Vietnam, ordering supplies was a walk in the park. Well, almost. The young supply officer walked through acres of spare parts, equipment and uniforms with a clipboard in hand, jotting down what his unit needed. Those days are gone. Wilson is now a ...

The Endless Search

April 1, 1996 t is an article of faith for men and women in uniform that if they are taken prisoner or become missing in action, the U.S. government will do its best to find them and bring them home. For Kathy Borah Duez that faith was shattered in 1991, the year her ...

Three Cheers for Simple Specs

April 1, 1996 t isn't often taxpayers, Defense contractors and Pentagon officials can cheer about the same news, but that's what happened last December when Defense Secretary William Perry announced plans to simplify Defense contracts. Under the "single process initiative" announced by Perry, Defense contractors will be able to eliminate obsolete specifications on ...

The Drawdown Drags On

March 1, 1996 hile the budget battles raging on Capitol Hill left most federal agencies bruised and bloodied, the Pentagon scored a comparative victory. But Defense officials aren't celebrating, even though the department's 1996 appropriation contained an extra $7 billion above the Administration's budget request, compliments of congressional Republicans who have pledged to ...

Start Planning To Privatize Now

February 1, 1996 he worst time to begin evaluating your organization for privatization is after you've been tapped for the job. If you think the responsibility will fall to you eventually, start planning now. The most important thing is to know your operation, who does what, why they do it and how they ...

The Hard Sell

February 1, 1996 nvestment banker William Mulrow likens the privatization of government assets and services to teen sex in the 1940s: "There's a lot of heat and discussion, but very little consummation." The comparison resonated with the federal managers assembled at the Capitol Hilton in Washington last December, where Mulrow was addressing a ...