On Distributed Communications Series

XI. Summary Overview


This Memorandum is one in a series of eleven RAND Memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, a proposed digital data communications system based on a distributed network concept, as presented in Vol. 1 in the series.[1] Various other items in the series deal with specific features of the concept, results of experimental modelings, engineering design considerations, and background and future implications.

The series, entitled On Distributed Communications, is a part of The RAND Corporation's continuing program of research under U.S. Air Force Project RAND, and is related to research in the field of command and control and in governmental and military planning and policy making.

The present Memorandum, the eleventh and final volume in the series, summarizes the development of the system proposal. The more salient features of the system, presented in much greater detail in the other Memoranda in the series, are gisted, allowing the casual reader to obtain a general overview of the network. A reading of the introductory Memorandum in the series and the present Memorandum should suffice for a general understanding of the proposed Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network.

Additionally, the advantages and disadvantages of the system are given, which will greatly facilitate critical evaluation of the system's feasibility.

[1] A list of all items in the series is found on p. 21.