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Report of Defense Science Board Task Force on AUTODIN II.
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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In September 1981, the Defense Science Board was required to evaluate the AUTODIN II data communications system in relation to presently available alternatives and to make recommendations concerning the continuation or termination of that partially operational system. The Task Force reviewed the Defense Communications Agencys evaluation of a revised AUTODIN II system and an alternative based upon ARPA Network technology. It further reviewed the proposed new systems themselves on the basis of technology, survivability, security, and cost. The Task Forces final preference for the evolutionary ARPA Network approach was in agreement with DCAs conclusion that it was the better of the two, and was reached without regard to AUTODIN II programmatic deficiencies. The findings and recommendations of the Task Force follow 1 OSD should reaffirm the need for a common-user network 2 Make a choice between AUTODIN II and the ARPA Network approach promptly our review favors the selection of ARPA Network. Author
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