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Tom Shoop

Vice President and Editor in Chief Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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Thanks, Veterans.

November 11, 2004 "Nobody can tell me they wasn't scared. The worst part is when you're waiting to go into combat. After the fighting started, it was just a little different. But the initial waiting, waiting. That gets you. I was scared, and I'm not ashamed to admit it."--Walter Bieder, 83, who won ...

No Girly BRAC.

November 11, 2004 Let the metaphors fly: Arnold Schwarzenegger is bulking up California's effort to muscle its way through the Pentagon's process of getting lean and mean through base closures, Judy Sarasohn reports in the Washington Post's "Special Interests" column.

Coffee Break.

November 10, 2004 I'm starting to feel bad that I ever suggested Starbucks was a less-than-enthusiastic supporter of military forces overseas. Today, the company announced it has teamed up with the Red Cross to provide 50,000 pounds of free coffee to troops serving in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Didn't We Learn Anything From the Clinton Administration?

November 10, 2004 Headline on yet another AP campaign post-mortem: "Women Say Kerry Should Have Wooed Them."

Big Fat Crusade.

November 10, 2004 Who said the nanny state is dead? The ongoing federal obsession with Americans' weight continues apace, as the Federal Trade Commission sues six companies over weight-loss claims. Gotta love the name of the initiative, though: Operation Big Fat Lie.

Well, Thank Goodness That's Over.

November 10, 2004 "The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved."--Attorney General John Ashcroft in his resignation letter.

Intelligent Management.

November 10, 2004 As the House and Senate continue to go back and forth on the issue of creating a national intelligence director, one gets a creeping feeling: from a management perspective, this is almost destined to end badly. We're now at the stage where a legitimate question--who should control the massive, widely ...

Beam Me Up.

November 9, 2004 I have no idea how I missed this last week, but I can't let it pass unnoticed. USA Today reported that the Air Force paid $25,000 to one Eric W. Davis of Warp Drive Metrics in Las Vegas for a study of various forms of teleportation. And it got its ...

Out of Control.

November 9, 2004 Apparently there's no substitute for a human air traffic controller--yet. The Dallas Morning News reports (registration required) that the Federal Aviation Administration has quietly halted a test of an automated system to control some flights departing from Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. Four incidents--including one in which two jets flew closer ...

Piling On.

November 9, 2004 This tiresome who's-leaving-the-Cabinet-and-when story is finally starting to get interesting. Last week, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters to stop asking when Colin Powell was going to make his long-rumored exit. Of course, they didn't. Yesterday, some dogged journalist brought up a moldy report from last May about how ...