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Ammunition Management Network

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  • Albert LaFrance
    While looking at the records of the Defense Communications Agency at the National Archives, I found a declassified report (originally Confidential) from the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 20, 2004
      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:

      BEGIN QUOTE

      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

      END QUOTE

      Albert
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