Accession Number : ADA112792

Title :   Military Message Experiment. Volume II.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. May 77-Sep 79,


Personal Author(s) : Wilson,S H ; Goodwin,N C ; Bersoff,E H

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Report Date : 01 Apr 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : The Military Message Experiment (MME) was designed to evaluate the utility of user-oriented message processing systems in a military environment and to aid in determining the features useful in such a system. The experiment was a cooperative effort between the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, the Navy, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. To conduct the experiment, a PDP-10-based system was installed at CINCPAC Headquarters for use by a portion of the Operations directorate. The message processing functionally was provided by SIGMA, a program written by the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California. It was supported by the TENEX operating system, and the user terminals were modified HP-2649A CRTs. The MME system was designed to give the user the capability to handle his message traffic (both incoming and outgoing, formal and informal) on the system. The system enforced multilevel security rules based on a modification of the security kernel model developed at Mitre. The rule enforcement was not rigorous enough for certification, but it was sufficiently rigorous to determine the effects on the user's interactions with the system. Most of the functions needed for a user's message-related tasks were provided by the system: message filing, message replies, message commenting and 'chopping;' and message release.

Descriptors :   *Message processing , Automation , Handling , Communications networks , Communication terminals , Security , Global , Military requirements , Telecommunications , Tactical communications , User needs

Subject Categories : Radio Communications
      Non-radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE