The ability to access and use information is a prerequisite for economic prosperity and national power. As information systems permeate all aspects of business, society, and warfare, they enhance the productivity of U.S. industry, change the way people live, and contribute to a revolution in military affairs. Maintaining U.S. leadership will require the utmost in technology and business acumen in a dynamic economy with accelerating product life cycles and increasingly sophisticated global competition. Projections indicate the information industry is well poised for the challenges of the 21st century, facilitated by government advocacy of open markets, deregulation, privatization, establishment of global trade rules, and a vision for the future. However, additional effort is required in developing a world class education system for the 21st century work force and establishing policies for data assurance. The industry is well prepared to support U.S. security needs. The nation that leads the information revolution will also be a most powerful nation.
ICAF Industry Studies 1997