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The Digital Hand, Vol 3How Computers Changed the Work of American Public Sector Industries$
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James W. Cortada

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165869

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165869.001.0001

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Digital Applications in Defense of the Nation

Digital Applications in Defense of the Nation

(p.49) 3 Digital Applications in Defense of the Nation
The Digital Hand, Vol 3

James W. Cortada

Oxford University Press

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is one of the largest users of computers and telecommunications in the world and the largest within the federal government. The story of how the DoD promoted the development of new computing technologies from the 1940s through the 1990s has been studied by historians. This chapter focuses on the use of computers and telecommunications in order to demonstrate the extent to which this department relied on computing to do its work, and the degree to which its uses of the technology changed how the DoD evolved over time. The organization of the DoD, patterns of research and development, inventory control and logistics, weapons systems and ordnance, training, combat and non-combat applications, information age warfare, and IT deployment are discussed.

Keywords:   Department of Defense, computers, telecommunications, research and development, inventory control, logistics, training, combat

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