Sen. Bennett calls IT essential to recovery and victory

Sen. Bennett calls IT essential to recovery and victory

Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah)

The low-tech nature of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks should not distract the nation from the need to secure the IT infrastructure, Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) said today.

'It is still vitally important that we pay attention to how vulnerable we are in the information age,' Bennett said at a Capitol Hill meeting sponsored by the Business Software Alliance.

Bennett, an outspoken proponent of government IT use, said the war against terrorism as outlined last night by President Bush in a speech before a joint session of Congress will rely on more than military might.

'It will be fought on the Internet and by diplomatic and economic means every bit as much as with F-16s,' he said.

Bennett said the speech aroused the most emotion in his congressional career but was a serious policy message as well, describing the state of the world in the post-Cold War era.

Last week's attacks have plunged the nation's economy into recession, he said, and 'our ability to leverage the Net will be essential to recovery.'

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