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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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Military prepares for terrorist attacks at home

March 21, 2003 As the military campaign to topple the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein unfolds in the Middle East, military officials in southern Virginia and Colorado are developing plans for a different sort of campaign-here at home, in response to attacks on U.S. soil. "I'm sure you've seen reports of the...

Better plans needed for emergency drug distribution

February 10, 2003 The federal government is prepared to quickly move massive quantities of drugs and medical supplies anywhere in the country in the event of a terrorist attack, but it will be up to the states to get those supplies to the people who need them, and many aren't yet up to...

Defense taps commercial aircraft for Middle East deployments

February 10, 2003 For the first time since 1990, during the build-up to the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the Defense Department on Saturday activated Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet. This move allows the military to use designated commercial aircraft for moving troops and cargo to the Middle East. The Defense...

Five Homeland Security Hurdles

February 1, 2003 Budget Blues Personnel Pitfalls Data Deficiencies Organizational Obstacles Multiple Missions urely Tom Ridge knows what he's up against. As secretary of the newly created Homeland Security Department, Ridge is directing the largest overhaul of the federal government in 50 years. A combat veteran, former prosecutor, seven-term congressman, governor and presidential...

Progress in public health tempered by shortfalls

January 15, 2003 Shrinking state budgets, antiquated personnel processes, outdated computer systems and a host of other factors are complicating the already enormous task of boosting the public health system's capacity to respond to terrorist attacks, federal, state and local health officials said Tuesday. In a wide-ranging meeting of Health and Human Services...

Standard Bearers

January 1, 2003 Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are playing a critical role in homeland security. t was after midnight on Oct. 31, 2001, when Bert Coursey checked into the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington with a box of mail laced with surrogate anthrax spores tucked under his arm....

By Air or By Sea

December 1, 2002 Winston Churchill may have said it best: "Victory is the beautiful, bright-colored flower. Transport is the stem without which it never could have blossomed." t's a lesson armies have learned and relearned throughout history: No matter how brilliant a leader's tactics, how well-trained the troops, or how powerful their weapons,...

The Long Haul

December 1, 2002 In warfare, getting troops to the fight and keeping them supplied is half the battle. It's the warriors, the trigger-pullers, that military culture reveres. They're the troops who get the medals and the accolades when battles are won. hen Hollywood writes the script, the combat troops' stories are told, their...

Career Achievement Medal Star Power

December 1, 2002 Katharine Gebbie didn't want to spend her life studying stars she'd never see. So she created a world-class laboratory and nurtured her own star scientists. t first, Katharine Gebbie might remind you of a favorite great aunt, or your high school English teacher. She is thin, almost frail looking, with...

Federal Employees Of The Year Medal Serving Justice

December 1, 2002 Nearly 40 years and three investigations after one of the worst hate crimes in U.S. history, two determined FBI investigators finally closed the case. f you ask William Fleming or Ben Herren about the role they played in putting Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry behind bars for the rest...