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  • Tim Moriarty
    Which, as we all know (I hope, given all the posts I ve done over the years ;-) ), evolved into the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) and
    Message 1 of 16 , Jul 18, 2013
      Which, as we all know (I hope, given all the posts I've done over the years ;-) ), evolved into the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) and its wireless counterpart, the Wireless Priority Service (WPS).  For those who may not know, the National Communications System (NCS) which was one of the original components of DHS when it was created, merged into the Office of Emergency Communications, which was established by Congress after Katrina to focus on LMR-related issues; applicable websites are:

      http://www.dhs.gov/about-national-protection-and-programs-directorate
      http://www.dhs.gov/office-cybersecurity-and-communications
      http://www.dhs.gov/about-office-emergency-communications
      https://www.dhs.gov/government-emergency-telecommunications-service-gets
      https://www.dhs.gov/wireless-priority-service-wps

      And, for two other NCS legacy programs:

      http://www.dhs.gov/telecommunications-service-priority-tsp
      http://www.dhs.gov/shares

      I've been a support contractor for GETS & WPS from '97-'10 and back again from last May until I go off the program in early September.  One of the documents I have in my archive file is a Xerox copy of a NETS brochure.  The easiest way to differentiate between the two is that NETS was intended to be a hardened, Federal-only, parallel network carried along by the PSTN, while GETS is an integrated element within the PSTN provided on a voluntary basis by the carriers, administered by the government and open to membership and use by Federal, state, tribal and local governments as well as the private sector and non-governmental organzation community, as long as the individual who use GETS & WPS perform national security / emergency preparedness functions.


      ________________________________
      From: OZOB99 <ozob99@...>
      To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:21 AM
      Subject: [coldwarcomms] Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service(NETS)



       
      Part of which was the little known "survivable common channel signaling within the AT&T 4ESS network" from the mid 1980's, AKA "AT&T survivable signaling network (SSN)";along with "commercial satellite communications interconnectivity(CSI)", and "commercial network survivability(CNS)".

      More in the book "Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service for National Security Telecommunications: Interim Report", online here:

      http://books.google.com/books?lpg=PP1&pg=PP1&id=5mYrAAAAYAAJ#v=onepage&q&f=false

      Also mentioned in this audit:

      http://www.dodig.mil/Audit/Audit2/92-059.pdf




      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    • Kevin Anderson, K9IUA
      How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This is non-switched hierarchial party-line system, which uses specialized phones at each
      Message 2 of 16 , Jul 18, 2013
        How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This is non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized phones at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on this.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
        http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf

        Kevin Anderson

        --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, Tim Moriarty <tjmva001@...> wrote:
        >
        > Which, as we all know (I hope, given all the posts I've done over the years ;-) ), evolved into the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) and its wireless counterpart, the Wireless Priority Service (WPS).  For those who may not know, the National Communications System (NCS) which was one of the original components of DHS when it was created, merged into the Office of Emergency Communications, which was established by Congress after Katrina to focus on LMR-related issues; applicable websites are:
        >
        > http://www.dhs.gov/about-national-protection-and-programs-directorate
        > http://www.dhs.gov/office-cybersecurity-and-communications
        > http://www.dhs.gov/about-office-emergency-communications
        > https://www.dhs.gov/government-emergency-telecommunications-service-gets
        > https://www.dhs.gov/wireless-priority-service-wps
        >
        > And, for two other NCS legacy programs:
        >
        > http://www.dhs.gov/telecommunications-service-priority-tsp
        > http://www.dhs.gov/shares
        >
        > I've been a support contractor for GETS & WPS from '97-'10 and back again from last May until I go off the program in early September.  One of the documents I have in my archive file is a Xerox copy of a NETS brochure.  The easiest way to differentiate between the two is that NETS was intended to be a hardened, Federal-only, parallel network carried along by the PSTN, while GETS is an integrated element within the PSTN provided on a voluntary basis by the carriers, administered by the government and open to membership and use by Federal, state, tribal and local governments as well as the private sector and non-governmental organzation community, as long as the individual who use GETS & WPS perform national security / emergency preparedness functions.
        >
        >
        > ________________________________
        > From: OZOB99 <ozob99@...>
        > To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
        > Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:21 AM
        > Subject: [coldwarcomms] Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service(NETS)
        >
        >
        >
        >  
        > Part of which was the little known "survivable common channel signaling within the AT&T 4ESS network" from the mid 1980's, AKA "AT&T survivable signaling network (SSN)";along with "commercial satellite communications interconnectivity(CSI)", and "commercial network survivability(CNS)".
        >
        > More in the book "Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service for National Security Telecommunications: Interim Report", online here:
        >
        > http://books.google.com/books?lpg=PP1&pg=PP1&id=5mYrAAAAYAAJ#v=onepage&q&f=false
        >
        > Also mentioned in this audit:
        >
        > http://www.dodig.mil/Audit/Audit2/92-059.pdf
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        >
      • OZOB99
        Here is an analysis of Demo 94 ,the first operational demonstration of the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service(GETS). Note the use of the joker
        Message 3 of 16 , Jul 18, 2013
          Here is an analysis of "Demo 94",the first operational demonstration of the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service(GETS).

          Note the use of the "joker 4ESS" at Dranesville.

          http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA325801




          In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, Tim Moriarty <tjmva001@...> wrote:
          >
          > Which, as we all know (I hope, given all the posts I've done over the years ;-) ), evolved into the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) and its wireless counterpart, the Wireless Priority Service (WPS).  For those who may not know, the National Communications System (NCS) which was one of the original components of DHS when it was created, merged into the Office of Emergency Communications, which was established by Congress after Katrina to focus on LMR-related issues; applicable websites are:
          >
          > http://www.dhs.gov/about-national-protection-and-programs-directorate
          > http://www.dhs.gov/office-cybersecurity-and-communications
          > http://www.dhs.gov/about-office-emergency-communications
          > https://www.dhs.gov/government-emergency-telecommunications-service-gets
          > https://www.dhs.gov/wireless-priority-service-wps
          >
          > And, for two other NCS legacy programs:
          >
          > http://www.dhs.gov/telecommunications-service-priority-tsp
          > http://www.dhs.gov/shares
          >
          > I've been a support contractor for GETS & WPS from '97-'10 and back again from last May until I go off the program in early September.  One of the documents I have in my archive file is a Xerox copy of a NETS brochure.  The easiest way to differentiate between the two is that NETS was intended to be a hardened, Federal-only, parallel network carried along by the PSTN, while GETS is an integrated element within the PSTN provided on a voluntary basis by the carriers, administered by the government and open to membership and use by Federal, state, tribal and local governments as well as the private sector and non-governmental organzation community, as long as the individual who use GETS & WPS perform national security / emergency preparedness functions.
          >
          >
          > ________________________________
          > From: OZOB99 <ozob99@...>
          > To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
          > Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:21 AM
          > Subject: [coldwarcomms] Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service(NETS)
          >
          >
          >
          >  
          > Part of which was the little known "survivable common channel signaling within the AT&T 4ESS network" from the mid 1980's, AKA "AT&T survivable signaling network (SSN)";along with "commercial satellite communications interconnectivity(CSI)", and "commercial network survivability(CNS)".
          >
          > More in the book "Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service for National Security Telecommunications: Interim Report", online here:
          >
          > http://books.google.com/books?lpg=PP1&pg=PP1&id=5mYrAAAAYAAJ#v=onepage&q&f=false
          >
          > Also mentioned in this audit:
          >
          > http://www.dodig.mil/Audit/Audit2/92-059.pdf
          >
          >
          >
          >
          > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          >
        • OZOB99
          As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private line circuits
          Message 4 of 16 , Jul 18, 2013
            As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private line circuits (GP4285-nn et al) within regions, and had interconnecting capability nationwide with all regions; the only PSN connection may have been dialup back up between certain locations.



            --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@...> wrote:
            >
            > How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This is non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized phones at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on this.
            > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
            > http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf
            >
            > Kevin Anderson
            >
            > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, Tim Moriarty <tjmva001@> wrote:
            > >
            > > Which, as we all know (I hope, given all the posts I've done over the years ;-) ), evolved into the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) and its wireless counterpart, the Wireless Priority Service (WPS).  For those who may not know, the National Communications System (NCS) which was one of the original components of DHS when it was created, merged into the Office of Emergency Communications, which was established by Congress after Katrina to focus on LMR-related issues; applicable websites are:
            > >
            > > http://www.dhs.gov/about-national-protection-and-programs-directorate
            > > http://www.dhs.gov/office-cybersecurity-and-communications
            > > http://www.dhs.gov/about-office-emergency-communications
            > > https://www.dhs.gov/government-emergency-telecommunications-service-gets
            > > https://www.dhs.gov/wireless-priority-service-wps
            > >
            > > And, for two other NCS legacy programs:
            > >
            > > http://www.dhs.gov/telecommunications-service-priority-tsp
            > > http://www.dhs.gov/shares
            > >
            > > I've been a support contractor for GETS & WPS from '97-'10 and back again from last May until I go off the program in early September.  One of the documents I have in my archive file is a Xerox copy of a NETS brochure.  The easiest way to differentiate between the two is that NETS was intended to be a hardened, Federal-only, parallel network carried along by the PSTN, while GETS is an integrated element within the PSTN provided on a voluntary basis by the carriers, administered by the government and open to membership and use by Federal, state, tribal and local governments as well as the private sector and non-governmental organzation community, as long as the individual who use GETS & WPS perform national security / emergency preparedness functions.
            > >
            > >
            > > ________________________________
            > > From: OZOB99 <ozob99@>
            > > To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
            > > Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:21 AM
            > > Subject: [coldwarcomms] Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service(NETS)
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >  
            > > Part of which was the little known "survivable common channel signaling within the AT&T 4ESS network" from the mid 1980's, AKA "AT&T survivable signaling network (SSN)";along with "commercial satellite communications interconnectivity(CSI)", and "commercial network survivability(CNS)".
            > >
            > > More in the book "Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service for National Security Telecommunications: Interim Report", online here:
            > >
            > > http://books.google.com/books?lpg=PP1&pg=PP1&id=5mYrAAAAYAAJ#v=onepage&q&f=false
            > >
            > > Also mentioned in this audit:
            > >
            > > http://www.dodig.mil/Audit/Audit2/92-059.pdf
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
            > >
            >
          • Kevin Anderson, K9IUA
            So, are you saying that dedicated physical point-to-point wire exists everywhere to implement NAWAS? Or is it accomplished by dedicated circuits that were
            Message 5 of 16 , Jul 19, 2013
              So, are you saying that dedicated physical point-to-point wire exists everywhere to implement NAWAS? Or is it accomplished by dedicated circuits that were always connected entries in the old analog trunk groups and today are reserved bits, slots, or packets in T1, OC-3, OC-48, etc., traffic over fiber?

              --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "OZOB99" <ozob99@...> wrote:
              >
              > As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private line circuits (GP4285-nn et al) within regions, and had interconnecting capability nationwide with all regions; the only PSN connection may have been dialup back up between certain locations.
              >
              >
              >
              > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@> wrote:
              > >
              > > How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This is non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized phones at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on this.
              > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
              > > http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf
              > >
              > > Kevin Anderson
              > >
            • John K Scoggin, Jr
              Here s a website with info from the manufacturer of the NAWAS instruments: http://comlabs.com/4-wire-systems-overview john From: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
              Message 6 of 16 , Jul 19, 2013
                Here's a website with info from the manufacturer of the NAWAS instruments:
                http://comlabs.com/4-wire-systems-overview



                john



                From: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com [mailto:coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com] On
                Behalf Of Kevin Anderson, K9IUA
                Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 8:33 AM
                To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: [coldwarcomms] NAWAS was Re: Nationwide Emergency
                Telecommunications Service(NETS)





                So, are you saying that dedicated physical point-to-point wire exists
                everywhere to implement NAWAS? Or is it accomplished by dedicated circuits
                that were always connected entries in the old analog trunk groups and today
                are reserved bits, slots, or packets in T1, OC-3, OC-48, etc., traffic over
                fiber?

                --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com>
                , "OZOB99" <ozob99@...> wrote:
                >
                > As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD
                locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private
                line circuits (GP4285-nn et al) within regions, and had interconnecting
                capability nationwide with all regions; the only PSN connection may have
                been dialup back up between certain locations.
                >
                >
                >
                > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com> , "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@>
                wrote:
                > >
                > > How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This is
                non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized phones
                at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been
                apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone
                system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network
                as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it
                is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the
                phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on
                this.
                > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
                > > http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf
                > >
                > > Kevin Anderson
                > >





                [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
              • OZOB99
                Back in the day(1960 s-1980 s)NAWAS(and all non-PSN) circuits were assigned on broadband(sometimes short haul,like N) intercity(12)channel groups, typically a
                Message 7 of 16 , Jul 19, 2013
                  Back in the day(1960's-1980's)NAWAS(and all non-PSN) circuits were assigned on broadband(sometimes short haul,like N) intercity(12)channel groups, typically a mix of PSN & private line circuits.Trunk Groups were usually thought of as PSN circuits 1-n between city A & Z, which might require any number of "channel groups" between them.Private lines did not go into a switch and break out there.

                  A typical NAWAS configuration in larger CO's was channel group(bank)T&R from a distant city wired to 4 wire 4 way bridges,ringer/SF,pads,amps,switching relays,etc to tie pairs to the local MDF ,then cable pairs to the customer location;other bridge legs fed other customer locations and/or channel groups to other cities.

                  With the advent of 4E switches, designated channel groups were "groomed", with private lines rerouted elsewhere,so that all 12 channels carried PSN circuits going into the switch via D banks or T-mux.



                  --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > So, are you saying that dedicated physical point-to-point wire exists everywhere to implement NAWAS? Or is it accomplished by dedicated circuits that were always connected entries in the old analog trunk groups and today are reserved bits, slots, or packets in T1, OC-3, OC-48, etc., traffic over fiber?
                  >
                  > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "OZOB99" <ozob99@> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private line circuits (GP4285-nn et al) within regions, and had interconnecting capability nationwide with all regions; the only PSN connection may have been dialup back up between certain locations.
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@> wrote:
                  > > >
                  > > > How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This is non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized phones at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on this.
                  > > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
                  > > > http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf
                  > > >
                  > > > Kevin Anderson
                  > > >
                  >
                • Kevin Anderson, K9IUA
                  Thanks. I understood most of what you described. There is a reason for my asking, as I am trying to know and understand whether we have any form of national
                  Message 8 of 16 , Jul 19, 2013
                    Thanks. I understood most of what you described.

                    There is a reason for my asking, as I am trying to know and understand whether we have any form of national and state level landline communication (such as NAWAS might be) that doesn't rely on all the complex electronics of the modern telephone system or on fiber for its intercity/interoffice transit. I'm not thinking about "hardened" in the Cold War or modern EMP basis, but something nonetheless rudimentary that could form the basis for ongoing communication when the "whiz-bang" equipment is no longer functional. Examples might include NAWAS or in how the NWS feeds its distributed National Weather Radio transmitters.

                    Kevin Anderson

                    --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "OZOB99" <ozob99@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > Back in the day(1960's-1980's)NAWAS(and all non-PSN) circuits were assigned on broadband(sometimes short haul,like N) intercity(12)channel groups, typically a mix of PSN & private line circuits.Trunk Groups were usually thought of as PSN circuits 1-n between city A & Z, which might require any number of "channel groups" between them.Private lines did not go into a switch and break out there.
                    >
                    > A typical NAWAS configuration in larger CO's was channel group(bank)T&R from a distant city wired to 4 wire 4 way bridges,ringer/SF,pads,amps,switching relays,etc to tie pairs to the local MDF ,then cable pairs to the customer location;other bridge legs fed other customer locations and/or channel groups to other cities.
                    >
                    > With the advent of 4E switches, designated channel groups were "groomed", with private lines rerouted elsewhere,so that all 12 channels carried PSN circuits going into the switch via D banks or T-mux.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@> wrote:
                    > >
                    > > So, are you saying that dedicated physical point-to-point wire exists everywhere to implement NAWAS? Or is it accomplished by dedicated circuits that were always connected entries in the old analog trunk groups and today are reserved bits, slots, or packets in T1, OC-3, OC-48, etc., traffic over fiber?
                    > >
                    > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "OZOB99" <ozob99@> wrote:
                    > > >
                    > > > As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private line circuits (GP4285-nn et al) within regions, and had interconnecting capability nationwide with all regions; the only PSN connection may have been dialup back up between certain locations.
                    > > >
                    > > >
                    > > >
                    > > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@> wrote:
                    > > > >
                    > > > > How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This is non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized phones at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on this.
                    > > > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
                    > > > > http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf
                    > > > >
                    > > > > Kevin Anderson
                    > > > >
                    > >
                    >
                  • John K Scoggin, Jr
                    NWS network is completely separate from FEMA s NAWAS network. The forecast offices have NAWAS terminals though. There are gateways between NWS data
                    Message 9 of 16 , Jul 19, 2013
                      NWS' network is completely separate from FEMA's NAWAS network. The
                      forecast offices have NAWAS terminals though. There are gateways between
                      NWS' data network and the FEMA Emergency Alerting System (they are or are in
                      the process of converting primarily to an IP-based system).



                      Each NWS office has a computer-based speech generator which converts alerts
                      and forecasts into speech which is steered to the various VHF transmitters
                      in their NWR system. If you get a chance, attend one of the forecast office
                      tours - they are pretty interesting.



                      John



                      NWS Telecom network: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/tg/

                      NWS Radio: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/newvoice.htm

                      FEMA EAS: http://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-system





                      From: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com [mailto:coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com] On
                      Behalf Of Kevin Anderson, K9IUA
                      Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 10:35 AM
                      To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject: [coldwarcomms] NAWAS was Re: Nationwide Emergency
                      Telecommunications Service(NETS)





                      Thanks. I understood most of what you described.

                      There is a reason for my asking, as I am trying to know and understand
                      whether we have any form of national and state level landline communication
                      (such as NAWAS might be) that doesn't rely on all the complex electronics of
                      the modern telephone system or on fiber for its intercity/interoffice
                      transit. I'm not thinking about "hardened" in the Cold War or modern EMP
                      basis, but something nonetheless rudimentary that could form the basis for
                      ongoing communication when the "whiz-bang" equipment is no longer
                      functional. Examples might include NAWAS or in how the NWS feeds its
                      distributed National Weather Radio transmitters.

                      Kevin Anderson

                      --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com>
                      , "OZOB99" <ozob99@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > Back in the day(1960's-1980's)NAWAS(and all non-PSN) circuits were
                      assigned on broadband(sometimes short haul,like N) intercity(12)channel
                      groups, typically a mix of PSN & private line circuits.Trunk Groups were
                      usually thought of as PSN circuits 1-n between city A & Z, which might
                      require any number of "channel groups" between them.Private lines did not go
                      into a switch and break out there.
                      >
                      > A typical NAWAS configuration in larger CO's was channel group(bank)T&R
                      from a distant city wired to 4 wire 4 way
                      bridges,ringer/SF,pads,amps,switching relays,etc to tie pairs to the local
                      MDF ,then cable pairs to the customer location;other bridge legs fed other
                      customer locations and/or channel groups to other cities.
                      >
                      > With the advent of 4E switches, designated channel groups were "groomed",
                      with private lines rerouted elsewhere,so that all 12 channels carried PSN
                      circuits going into the switch via D banks or T-mux.
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                      <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com> , "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@>
                      wrote:
                      > >
                      > > So, are you saying that dedicated physical point-to-point wire exists
                      everywhere to implement NAWAS? Or is it accomplished by dedicated circuits
                      that were always connected entries in the old analog trunk groups and today
                      are reserved bits, slots, or packets in T1, OC-3, OC-48, etc., traffic over
                      fiber?
                      > >
                      > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                      <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com> , "OZOB99" <ozob99@> wrote:
                      > > >
                      > > > As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD
                      locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private
                      line circuits (GP4285-nn et al) within regions, and had interconnecting
                      capability nationwide with all regions; the only PSN connection may have
                      been dialup back up between certain locations.
                      > > >
                      > > >
                      > > >
                      > > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                      <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com> , "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@>
                      wrote:
                      > > > >
                      > > > > How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This
                      is non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized
                      phones at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been
                      apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone
                      system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network
                      as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it
                      is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the
                      phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on
                      this.
                      > > > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
                      > > > > http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Kevin Anderson
                      > > > >
                      > >
                      >





                      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                    • Kevin Anderson, K9IUA
                      In mentioning the NWS, I was thinking of the last mile for them - the link from each WFO to each respective NWR VHF transmitter site they are responsible
                      Message 10 of 16 , Jul 19, 2013
                        In mentioning the NWS, I was thinking of the "last mile" for them - the link from each WFO to each respective NWR VHF transmitter site they are responsible for. I've presumed that is also by some dedicated telephone circuit to keep the infrastructure simple, since each voice broadcast is currently rendered in the forecast office.

                        As an end-user of the National Weather Radio system, I'm trying to understand its vulnerabilities.

                        Kevin Anderson

                        --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "John K Scoggin, Jr" <aat3bf@...> wrote:
                        >
                        > NWS' network is completely separate from FEMA's NAWAS network. The
                        > forecast offices have NAWAS terminals though. There are gateways between
                        > NWS' data network and the FEMA Emergency Alerting System (they are or are in
                        > the process of converting primarily to an IP-based system).
                        >
                        > Each NWS office has a computer-based speech generator which converts alerts
                        > and forecasts into speech which is steered to the various VHF transmitters
                        > in their NWR system. If you get a chance, attend one of the forecast office
                        > tours - they are pretty interesting.
                        >
                        > John
                        >
                        > NWS Telecom network: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/tg/
                        > NWS Radio: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/newvoice.htm
                        > FEMA EAS: http://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-system
                        >
                        > From: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com [mailto:coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com] On
                        > Behalf Of Kevin Anderson, K9IUA
                        > Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 10:35 AM
                        > To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                        > Subject: [coldwarcomms] NAWAS was Re: Nationwide Emergency
                        > Telecommunications Service(NETS)
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > Thanks. I understood most of what you described.
                        >
                        > There is a reason for my asking, as I am trying to know and understand
                        > whether we have any form of national and state level landline communication
                        > (such as NAWAS might be) that doesn't rely on all the complex electronics of
                        > the modern telephone system or on fiber for its intercity/interoffice
                        > transit. I'm not thinking about "hardened" in the Cold War or modern EMP
                        > basis, but something nonetheless rudimentary that could form the basis for
                        > ongoing communication when the "whiz-bang" equipment is no longer
                        > functional. Examples might include NAWAS or in how the NWS feeds its
                        > distributed National Weather Radio transmitters.
                        >
                        > Kevin Anderson
                        >
                        > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com>
                        > , "OZOB99" <ozob99@> wrote:
                        > >
                        > > Back in the day(1960's-1980's)NAWAS(and all non-PSN) circuits were
                        > assigned on broadband(sometimes short haul,like N) intercity(12)channel
                        > groups, typically a mix of PSN & private line circuits.Trunk Groups were
                        > usually thought of as PSN circuits 1-n between city A & Z, which might
                        > require any number of "channel groups" between them.Private lines did not go
                        > into a switch and break out there.
                        > >
                        > > A typical NAWAS configuration in larger CO's was channel group(bank)T&R
                        > from a distant city wired to 4 wire 4 way
                        > bridges,ringer/SF,pads,amps,switching relays,etc to tie pairs to the local
                        > MDF ,then cable pairs to the customer location;other bridge legs fed other
                        > customer locations and/or channel groups to other cities.
                        > >
                        > > With the advent of 4E switches, designated channel groups were "groomed",
                        > with private lines rerouted elsewhere,so that all 12 channels carried PSN
                        > circuits going into the switch via D banks or T-mux.
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                        > <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com> , "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@>
                        > wrote:
                        > > >
                        > > > So, are you saying that dedicated physical point-to-point wire exists
                        > everywhere to implement NAWAS? Or is it accomplished by dedicated circuits
                        > that were always connected entries in the old analog trunk groups and today
                        > are reserved bits, slots, or packets in T1, OC-3, OC-48, etc., traffic over
                        > fiber?
                        > > >
                        > > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                        > <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com> , "OZOB99" <ozob99@> wrote:
                        > > > >
                        > > > > As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD
                        > locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private
                        > line circuits (GP4285-nn et al) within regions, and had interconnecting
                        > capability nationwide with all regions; the only PSN connection may have
                        > been dialup back up between certain locations.
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                        > <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com> , "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@>
                        > wrote:
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This
                        > is non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized
                        > phones at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been
                        > apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone
                        > system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network
                        > as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it
                        > is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the
                        > phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on
                        > this.
                        > > > > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
                        > > > > > http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > Kevin Anderson
                        > > > > >
                        > > >
                        > >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                        >
                      • Mike Cowen
                        That brings up memories... The first time I heard the female voice in DEN say tonight so passionately, I was ready for a cold shower. ... PHX, we have the
                        Message 11 of 16 , Jul 19, 2013
                          That brings up memories... The first time I heard the female voice
                          in DEN say "tonight" so passionately, I was ready for a cold shower.
                          :-) It was just that one word that sounded SO real. Sadly, here in
                          PHX, we have the male voice which suffers no such realism...

                          Mike


                          At 08:19 AM 7/19/2013, you wrote:
                          >
                          >Each NWS office has a computer-based speech generator which converts alerts
                          >and forecasts into speech... [snip]
                          >
                          >John

                          ---------------------------------------------------------------
                          Mike Cowen Practice random acts of kindness
                          and selfless acts of beauty.
                          mcowen@... -Anonymous
                        • wftroskey
                          The Model 207 is the one we had in our dispatch center for many years prior to us moving to another city. Before that, it was a plain black handset with a PTT
                          Message 12 of 16 , Jul 20, 2013
                            The Model 207 is the one we had in our dispatch center for many years prior to us moving to another city.

                            Before that, it was a plain black handset with a PTT button in the handgrip, connected to a 4" x 2" box on the wall with a cradle-style hookswitch sticking out of it.

                            I kinda miss having that.

                            I seem to recall coming across a "users manual" of sorts 25-or-so years ago; thought it might have included a simplified diagram of how it all worked, including the 4w-4w bridges. That document (as well as any vivid memory I may have had of it) is long gone.


                            Bill



                            --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "John K Scoggin, Jr" <aat3bf@...> wrote:
                            >
                            > Here's a website with info from the manufacturer of the NAWAS instruments:
                            > http://comlabs.com/4-wire-systems-overview
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > john
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > From: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com [mailto:coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com] On
                            > Behalf Of Kevin Anderson, K9IUA
                            > Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 8:33 AM
                            > To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                            > Subject: [coldwarcomms] NAWAS was Re: Nationwide Emergency
                            > Telecommunications Service(NETS)
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > So, are you saying that dedicated physical point-to-point wire exists
                            > everywhere to implement NAWAS? Or is it accomplished by dedicated circuits
                            > that were always connected entries in the old analog trunk groups and today
                            > are reserved bits, slots, or packets in T1, OC-3, OC-48, etc., traffic over
                            > fiber?
                            >
                            > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com>
                            > , "OZOB99" <ozob99@> wrote:
                            > >
                            > > As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD
                            > locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private
                            > line circuits (GP4285-nn et al) within regions, and had interconnecting
                            > capability nationwide with all regions; the only PSN connection may have
                            > been dialup back up between certain locations.
                            > >
                            > >
                            > >
                            > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                            > <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com> , "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@>
                            > wrote:
                            > > >
                            > > > How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This is
                            > non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized phones
                            > at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been
                            > apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone
                            > system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network
                            > as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it
                            > is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the
                            > phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on
                            > this.
                            > > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
                            > > > http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf
                            > > >
                            > > > Kevin Anderson
                            > > >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                            >
                          • wftroskey
                            Not to get too far OT, but I love when the software mispronounces things. (For a while, our local station pronounced LaGrange as Louisiana Grange . Now it
                            Message 13 of 16 , Jul 20, 2013
                              Not to get too far OT, but I love when the software mispronounces things. (For a while, our local station pronounced LaGrange as "Louisiana Grange". Now it says "LAH-Grinj".) And we still have the female voice for the marine forecast...... ;-))


                              Bill



                              --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, Mike Cowen <weldedrail@...> wrote:
                              >
                              > That brings up memories... The first time I heard the female voice
                              > in DEN say "tonight" so passionately, I was ready for a cold shower.
                              > :-) It was just that one word that sounded SO real. Sadly, here in
                              > PHX, we have the male voice which suffers no such realism...
                              >
                              > Mike
                              >
                              >
                              > At 08:19 AM 7/19/2013, you wrote:
                              > >
                              > >Each NWS office has a computer-based speech generator which converts alerts
                              > >and forecasts into speech... [snip]
                              > >
                              > >John
                              >
                              > ---------------------------------------------------------------
                              > Mike Cowen Practice random acts of kindness
                              > and selfless acts of beauty.
                              > mcowen@... -Anonymous
                              >
                            • OZOB99
                              Here is a NAWAS BSP overview; I think others in this series have some CO configurations but I have nt found them online yet:
                              Message 14 of 16 , Jul 20, 2013
                                Here is a NAWAS BSP overview; I think others in this series have some CO configurations but I have'nt found them online yet:

                                http://www.telephonecollectors.info/index.php/browse/bsps/by-division-number/doc_view/10114-310-539-001-i1

                                The NAWAS operation manuals previously posted have gone "404", so here is a 1966 version:

                                http://www.scribd.com/doc/80541944/National-Warning-System-1966






                                --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "OZOB99" <ozob99@...> wrote:
                                >
                                > As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private line circuits (GP4285-nn et al) within regions, and had interconnecting capability nationwide with all regions; the only PSN connection may have been dialup back up between certain locations.
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@> wrote:
                                > >
                                > > How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This is non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized phones at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on this.
                                > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
                                > > http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf
                                > >
                                > > Kevin Anderson
                                > >
                                > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, Tim Moriarty <tjmva001@> wrote:
                                > > >
                                > > > Which, as we all know (I hope, given all the posts I've done over the years ;-) ), evolved into the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) and its wireless counterpart, the Wireless Priority Service (WPS).  For those who may not know, the National Communications System (NCS) which was one of the original components of DHS when it was created, merged into the Office of Emergency Communications, which was established by Congress after Katrina to focus on LMR-related issues; applicable websites are:
                                > > >
                                > > > http://www.dhs.gov/about-national-protection-and-programs-directorate
                                > > > http://www.dhs.gov/office-cybersecurity-and-communications
                                > > > http://www.dhs.gov/about-office-emergency-communications
                                > > > https://www.dhs.gov/government-emergency-telecommunications-service-gets
                                > > > https://www.dhs.gov/wireless-priority-service-wps
                                > > >
                                > > > And, for two other NCS legacy programs:
                                > > >
                                > > > http://www.dhs.gov/telecommunications-service-priority-tsp
                                > > > http://www.dhs.gov/shares
                                > > >
                                > > > I've been a support contractor for GETS & WPS from '97-'10 and back again from last May until I go off the program in early September.  One of the documents I have in my archive file is a Xerox copy of a NETS brochure.  The easiest way to differentiate between the two is that NETS was intended to be a hardened, Federal-only, parallel network carried along by the PSTN, while GETS is an integrated element within the PSTN provided on a voluntary basis by the carriers, administered by the government and open to membership and use by Federal, state, tribal and local governments as well as the private sector and non-governmental organzation community, as long as the individual who use GETS & WPS perform national security / emergency preparedness functions.
                                > > >
                                > > >
                                > > > ________________________________
                                > > > From: OZOB99 <ozob99@>
                                > > > To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                                > > > Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:21 AM
                                > > > Subject: [coldwarcomms] Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service(NETS)
                                > > >
                                > > >
                                > > >
                                > > >  
                                > > > Part of which was the little known "survivable common channel signaling within the AT&T 4ESS network" from the mid 1980's, AKA "AT&T survivable signaling network (SSN)";along with "commercial satellite communications interconnectivity(CSI)", and "commercial network survivability(CNS)".
                                > > >
                                > > > More in the book "Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service for National Security Telecommunications: Interim Report", online here:
                                > > >
                                > > > http://books.google.com/books?lpg=PP1&pg=PP1&id=5mYrAAAAYAAJ#v=onepage&q&f=false
                                > > >
                                > > > Also mentioned in this audit:
                                > > >
                                > > > http://www.dodig.mil/Audit/Audit2/92-059.pdf
                                > > >
                                > > >
                                > > >
                                > > >
                                > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                                > > >
                                > >
                                >
                              • unrecognizedresponse
                                NAWAS Manual, 2001: http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf 2005:
                                Message 15 of 16 , Jul 20, 2013
                                  NAWAS Manual, 2001:
                                  http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf

                                  2005:
                                  http://www.fema.gov/library/file?type=publishedFile&file=national_warning_system_operations.pdf&fileid=cc5905b0-6a36-11e1-a5e0-001cc456982e

                                  Most info. points to EAS Primary Entry Points using the AT&T NAWAS network and Comlabs equip. It seems like the radio station ENDEC's are merely treated like NAWAS drops, except the terminal is not a desk set. NWR is still supposed to have an attack warning function (IIRC). NWS Forecast Offices (control points for the NWR xmitters) can receive the attack warning code via the NOAA wire and NAWAS. They have an attack warning script to read (we would hope Not automated) over NWR. Interoperability with EAS Presidential messages over NWR has never been well defined. I don't think they have a signal path. They'd have to transmit an EAN over NWR and advise people to tune elsewhere.

                                  This is probably the best resource I've found on the topic, although how much remains valid, I don't know. National Telecommunications Management Structure, SHARES NCS, FNARS and NECN have been the last resort (HF) links when wireline, IP and satellite fail. Supposedly, they had Harris Corp HF receivers at EAS PEP stations as an entry point from federal and military HF. The broadcast quality would be awful (like WWII overseas shortwave links, only worse with SSB). They were supposed to be providing triple redundancy to PEP's via HF, LL and Sirius XM.
                                  http://web.archive.org/web/20080625023050/http://www.cdc.gov/phin/conference/04conference/05-27-04/Session_12D_Ross_Merlin.pdf

                                  http://www.defcon.org/images/defcon-16/dc16-presentations/defcon-16-flux.pdf

                                  However, the ref. to "Spectel Operators Guide for EAS and Blast Conferences" in 2005 NAWAS makes me think they might be using Spectel bridges for EAS. I am almost positive they've said AT&T does and always has provided for NAWAS, EAS, and EBS.

                                  I came across something saying the primary reason for the 2011 EAS test failure was the use of a PSTN conference instead of the normal PEP conference. They fed radio station "on hold" music (Lady Gaga) into the network.

                                  --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "OZOB99" <ozob99@...> wrote:
                                  >
                                  > Here is a NAWAS BSP overview; I think others in this series have some CO configurations but I have'nt found them online yet:
                                  >
                                  > http://www.telephonecollectors.info/index.php/browse/bsps/by-division-number/doc_view/10114-310-539-001-i1
                                  >
                                  > The NAWAS operation manuals previously posted have gone "404", so here is a 1966 version:
                                  >
                                  > http://www.scribd.com/doc/80541944/National-Warning-System-1966
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "OZOB99" <ozob99@> wrote:
                                  > >
                                  > > As you know, NAWAS was a warning system connecting state/local CD locations with federal entities; it used dedicated multipoint 4W private line circuits (GP4285-nn et al) within regions, and had interconnecting capability nationwide with all regions; the only PSN connection may have been dialup back up between certain locations.
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Anderson, K9IUA" <k9iua@> wrote:
                                  > > >
                                  > > > How does NAWAS (National Warning System) fit into any of this? This is non-switched hierarchial "party-line" system, which uses specialized phones at each site. Some 2200+ nodes exist. It predates NETS, but has been apparently carried to the present. While GETS is switched through the phone system, I'd love to know whether NAWAS actually goes through the PSN network as dedicated lines using "old" switches (like NETS with the 4ESS) or if it is in fact dependent on a functioning PSTN/IXP network like the rest of the phone system today after the Bell breakup. The NAWAS manual is not clear on this.
                                  > > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAS
                                  > > > http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/1550_2.pdf
                                  > > >
                                  > > > Kevin Anderson
                                  > > >
                                  > > > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, Tim Moriarty <tjmva001@> wrote:
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > Which, as we all know (I hope, given all the posts I've done over the years ;-) ), evolved into the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) and its wireless counterpart, the Wireless Priority Service (WPS).  For those who may not know, the National Communications System (NCS) which was one of the original components of DHS when it was created, merged into the Office of Emergency Communications, which was established by Congress after Katrina to focus on LMR-related issues; applicable websites are:
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > http://www.dhs.gov/about-national-protection-and-programs-directorate
                                  > > > > http://www.dhs.gov/office-cybersecurity-and-communications
                                  > > > > http://www.dhs.gov/about-office-emergency-communications
                                  > > > > https://www.dhs.gov/government-emergency-telecommunications-service-gets
                                  > > > > https://www.dhs.gov/wireless-priority-service-wps
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > And, for two other NCS legacy programs:
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > http://www.dhs.gov/telecommunications-service-priority-tsp
                                  > > > > http://www.dhs.gov/shares
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > I've been a support contractor for GETS & WPS from '97-'10 and back again from last May until I go off the program in early September.  One of the documents I have in my archive file is a Xerox copy of a NETS brochure.  The easiest way to differentiate between the two is that NETS was intended to be a hardened, Federal-only, parallel network carried along by the PSTN, while GETS is an integrated element within the PSTN provided on a voluntary basis by the carriers, administered by the government and open to membership and use by Federal, state, tribal and local governments as well as the private sector and non-governmental organzation community, as long as the individual who use GETS & WPS perform national security / emergency preparedness functions.
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > ________________________________
                                  > > > > From: OZOB99 <ozob99@>
                                  > > > > To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                                  > > > > Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:21 AM
                                  > > > > Subject: [coldwarcomms] Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service(NETS)
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >  
                                  > > > > Part of which was the little known "survivable common channel signaling within the AT&T 4ESS network" from the mid 1980's, AKA "AT&T survivable signaling network (SSN)";along with "commercial satellite communications interconnectivity(CSI)", and "commercial network survivability(CNS)".
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > More in the book "Nationwide Emergency Telecommunications Service for National Security Telecommunications: Interim Report", online here:
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > http://books.google.com/books?lpg=PP1&pg=PP1&id=5mYrAAAAYAAJ#v=onepage&q&f=false
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > Also mentioned in this audit:
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > http://www.dodig.mil/Audit/Audit2/92-059.pdf
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                                  > > > >
                                  > > >
                                  > >
                                  >
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