When Computers Went to Sea: The Digitization of the United States Navy

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 16, 2003 - Computers - 492 pages
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When Computers Went to Sea explores the history of the UnitedStates Navy's secret development of code-breaking computers andtheir adaptation to solve a critical fleet radar data handlingproblem in the Navy's first seaborne digital computer system - thatwent to sea in 1962. This is the only book written on the UnitedStates Navy's initial application of shipboard digital computers tonaval warfare.

Considered one of the most successful projects ever undertaken bythe US Navy, the Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) was the subjectof numerous studies attempting to pinpoint the reason for thesystems inordinate success in the face of seemingly impossibletechnical challenges and stiff resistance from some in themilitary. The system's success precipitated a digital revolution innaval warfare systems.

Dave Boslaugh details the innovations developed by the NTDS projectmanagers including: project management techniques, modular digitalhardware for ship systems, top-down modular computer programmingtechniques, innovative computer program documentation, and othernovel real-time computer system concepts.

Automated military systems users and developers, real-time processcontrol systems designers, automated system project managers, anddigital technology history students will find this account of aUnited States military organization's initial foray intocomputerization interesting and thought provoking.
  

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Page 18 states that Watson-Watt designed a communication net with buried phone lines.
NOT TRUE. Watson-Watt was one of the team of scientists under the direction of Sir Henry Tizard. It was Air
Chief Marshal (spelt with one L) Sir Hugh Dowding, the first Commander-in-Chief of the new RAF Fighter Command in 1936 who devised & built up the Home Defence system combining the early low frequency RDF (radar) Home Chain, Royal Observer Corps, AA guns, barrage balloons, early warning sirens etc. as well as his commanders directing minute-to-minute directions to his minimal fighter squadrons. This unique & revolutionary structure known as the Dowding System (still used today around the world) was based at his HQ, RAF Bentley Priory, Stanmore to the north of London.
To get the correct facts read the new biography: DOWDING & CHURCHILL by Dr Vincent Orange.
 

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Contents

Chapter
1
RadarNew Eyes for the Fleet
5
Chapter
7
A Lingering Problem
53
The Codebreaking ComputersA Digital Solution
71
Conception of a New System
117
Building a New System
131
Navy Electronics Laboratory Role
155
No Damned Computer Is Going To Tell Me What To Do
211
In the Air on Land and Sea
267
New Horizons for Tactical Computers
297
Twilight of the Analogs
347
Give Us More Memory
356
A Line of Standards
367
Shield of the Fleet
378
A Joint Electronics Equipment Designation System
401

Fuzzy Scopes and Elliptical Circles
168
Computers on the Airwaves
177
Developing the Operational Computer Program
183
Univac NTDS Organization December 11959
415
Index
441
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