Letter to the editor

I wanted to respond to a recent letter to the editor titled "Grasping the concept of GovNet." In his letter, Mr. Alan Girvan stated that everyone should be helping the government get this project off the ground. He went on further, stating that many senior managers see this as a "cash cow."

What I would like to say is that GovNet is just another layer of bureaucracy that President Bush's cyberspace security adviser, Richard Clarke, wants to establish, rather than looking at what is currently available for the job! Has anyone heard of NIPRNET [Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network]?

This network was designed for exactly what Mr. Clarke proposes. The government let the original intent get away from them by allowing all kinds of interconnections that were never intended. Let's get rid of all the backdoors to NIPRNET, and you will have GovNet!

Rick Aleshire

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