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SAIC ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CENTER FOR INFORMATION STRATEGY AND POLICY

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Security Studies and Strategies Group (NSSSG) of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) announces the establishment of the Center for Information Strategy and Policy (CISP).

The Center will explore the implications of the information revolution on conflict in the twenty-first century and assess the political, economic, socio-cultural, and military dimensions of the U.S. future national security environment.

CISP is located at the SAIC complex in McLean, Virginia, and will serve as a forum for debate and analysis of national security policy, offensive and defensive operational concepts, planning, technology, systems assessment and integration, gaming, modeling, and crisis simulations from the perspective of information flow, use and control.

Under the direction of Jeffrey Cooper, a member of the Highlands Group who advises senior Defense Department officials on information warfare issues, the CISP will be a clearinghouse to bring together the best and brightest minds in information warfare by sponsoring a continuing series of seminars, papers and symposia which explore the implications of information warfare in depth.

The Gulf War showed that -- in addition to highly trained soldiers, advanced weapons systems, and precision munitions -- the efficient integration of advanced computer systems, hardware, and software with information management has become an integral part of the United States' ability to protect its national interests and effectively prosecute combat operations.

New decision aids, intelligent agents, simulation, modeling and forecasting, aided by new tools such as artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic, permit large volumes of data to be collected, processed, and displayed without swamping users. Properly correlated data becomes information. Information converted into situational awareness becomes knowledge. Knowledge used to predict the consequences of actions leads to understanding with which commanders can achieve decisive results.

"The Center for Information Strategy and Policy will enable leaders and policymakers from government, industry, and academia to address key issues surrounding information warfare to ensure that the United States retains its edge over any and all potential enemies," said NSSSG Manager Frank Jenkins, "The United States and its leaders must recognize that our ability to deal with Information Warfare is the major security challenge of this decade and possibly the next century."

SAIC provides high-technology services and products for government and private industry in the areas of space, transportation, national security, environment, health care, energy and systems integration. With nearly $2 billion in annual revenues, the employee-owned, San Diego based company has 20,500 employees in more than 350 locations worldwide.
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