The impact of the Defense Data Network on Naval communications during the 1980s
Stuckey, Victor Bernard
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The Defense Data Network (DDN) is a packet-switching network that provides data transport services to the Department of Defense. The primary focus of this thesis is to assess the DDN's impact upon Naval communications. The Navy's implementation plan for the transition to the DDN is described. Benefits for Navy subscribers and problem areas associated with the DDN program implementation are discussed. Recommendations are presented that can improve the transition process for future DDN subscribers and alleviate many present-day problems. This study concludes that the DDN has had minimal impact on Naval communications until now. In order to improve the DDN's acceptability among Navy subscribers and to avoid unnecessary problems in the future, more command-level attention must be focused on the Navy's DDN program. Continuous interaction and dialogue must be maintained between established Navy DDN subscribers and potential subscribers. (fr)
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