Task Force To Explore IT's Role In National Security
Media research group Markle Foundation is joining forces with two Washington think tanks to form a task force to determine how information and technology can enhance national security.
The Task Force on National Security in the Information Age is co-chaired by Markle Foundation president Zoe Baird and former Netscape Communications chairman James Barksdale. It will include leaders from industry, government and the civil liberties community. Participants include EdVenture Holdings chairman Esther Dyson; Sun Microsystems chief researcher John Gage, Gov. Mike Leavitt of Utah and former National Security Agency deputy director Bill Crowell.
Over the next year, the group will release policy and briefing papers, provide information on promising technologies, and inform government officials.
The ultimate goal is to produce a broad and coherent strategic vision that will allow the U.S. government, in collaboration with industry and civil society, to meet the challenge of the new security environment in an information age.
The task force will make recommendations regarding:
"New technologies, applied appropriately, can effectively transform our ability to meet the security challenges of the 21st century," said John Hamre, president of CSIS. "This task force will develop the comprehensive conceptual framework that is needed to identify the information gaps and drive a strategy for remedying them."
This story was first published on dc.internet.com, an internet.com site.
February 19, 2002
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