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This Note examines the role of the Air Force Communications Command (AFCC) in providing base-level communications, including transmission and reception of voice, message, and data traffic and support of automatic data processing (ADP). It identifies some of the problems faced by AFCC in planning for systems that will meet future intrabase and base/off-base communications requirements within the current structure of Command-level controls. It recommends that the AFCC do the following: (1) create a forum for adjudicating competing user needs and generating a comprehensive statement of user requirements; (2) create a computer-based, online user requirements database that will be continually updated and refined; (3) examine, with support from the Electronic Systems Division (ESD), the possibility of collecting traffic characteristics and traffic-flow data for representative bases of each major command; (4) acquire the support of ESD for certain communications-related R&D tasks; (5) arrange with other commands to jointly assess the usefulness of contemporary communications equipment; and (6) revise its mission statement to reflect the broader, more responsible mission it must have for the Air Force. That broader mission is summarized in N-2162.

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