Facsimile communication in the Fleet Marine Force a "third dimension" in tactical communications
Johnson, Kenneth Donald
Cooper, Paul A.
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This paper introduces the reader to facsimile communication by defining in simple terms the general modus operandi of facsimile communication and then comparing the capabilities of record (teletypewriter) communication with facsimile communication. The present Department of Defense (DOD) communication system is predominantly a "two dimensional" system consisting of voice and alpha-numeric/special character record communications. The thesis discusses the inherent advantages of facsimile communication along with the limitations of analog facsimile technology. The requirement for facsimile communication in the Marine Corps is discussed, noting that there is a requirement for this "third dimension" in tactical communications. A detailed discussion of recent digital facsimile technology is provided delineating the advantages of digital facsimile technology over existing analog facsimile equipment. Alternative facsimile applications in the Fleet Marine Force are outlined and a broad concept of digital facsimile employment is proposed. Conclusions based on the overall discussion are drawn, and recommendations in the form of steps that the Marine Corps should take toward implementation of a tactical digital facsimile system are provided.
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