Ammunition Management Network
- While looking at the records of the Defense Communications Agency at the
National Archives, I found a declassified report (originally Confidential)
from the mid-1960s, titled "Army Dedicated Network Study". It's a survey of
the Army's telecom networks, to help determine if their functions could be
integrated into AUTOVON/AUTODIN.
One network description is especially intriguing:
Ammunition Management Network *
1. Description of Network
The Special Ammunition Network is presently utilized by the Office of the
Project Manager for Selected Ammunition in everyday control of those items
assigned for management. Items of Selected Ammunition are currently in use
in Vietnam. Message traffic over the network includes Top Secret/Special
Category teletype traffic pertaining to the Selected Ammunition Program,
which requires use of off-line encryption equipment. This network requirs
immediate communications to exercise coordination, direction and control.
One multipoint, half-duplex 60 wpm teletype circuit (GT 11318) with call
directing code exists between four stations serving the Project Manager for
Selected Ammunition. These stations include Munitions Command, Dover, New
Jersey; Army Ammunition Plant, Joliet, Illinois; Army Materiel Command,
Washington, D.C. and Jefferson Proving Ground, Madison, Indiana. A diagram
of the network is attached.
2. Requirements for Expansion of Common-User Facilities
There are no requirements for expansion of comon-user facilities if this
network becomes a part of the switched system.
* U.S. Army dedicated network -- non-DCS