National Communications System Annual Report: Fiscal Year 1997: Information Technology: The Foundation for a Secure America [open pdf - 3MB]
This report highlights significant telecommunications events, activities, and accomplishments during fiscal year 1997 (FY97). This report also reviews the national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) telecommunications posture of the Nation; significant internal and external factors affecting the NCS; and major NCS interagency plans, programs, and initiatives. A continuing and active national-level effort is necessary to provide interoperable, secure, and timely NS/EP telecommunications in an all hazards environment. The Nation's reliance on information technology as the underpinning of its critical infrastructures necessitates public and private sector cooperation to protect these infrastructures in an environment marked by increasing technological complexity and attendant potential vulnerabilities. The NCS is addressing these challenges through partnerships with the NS/EP community, dedicating itself to its mission of exercising emergency telecommunications responsibilities, and coordinating the planning for and provisioning of critical NS/EP communications for the Nation under all circumstances.