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

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When Computers Went to Sea explores the history of the United States Navy's secret development of code-breaking computers and their adaptation to solve a critical fleet radar data handling problem in the Navy's first seaborne digital computer system - that went to sea in 1962. This is the only book written on the United States Navy's initial application of shipboard digital computers to naval warfare.

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When Computers Went to Sea explores the history of the United States Navy's secret development of code-breaking computers and their adaptation to solve a critical fleet radar data handling problem in the Navy's first seaborne digital computer system - that went to sea in 1962. This is the only book written on the United States Navy's initial application of shipboard digital computers to naval warfare.

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

Dave Boslaugh details the innovations developed by the NTDS project managers including: project management techniques, modular digital hardware for ship systems, top-down modular computer programming techniques, innovative computer program documentation, and other novel real-time computer system concepts.

Automated military systems users and developers, real-time process control systems designers, automated system project managers, and digital technology history students will find this account of a United States military organization's initial foray into computerization interesting and thought provoking.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780769500249
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/11/1999
  • Series: Perspectives Series , #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Radar - New Eyes for the Fleet 5
2 A Lingering Problem 53
3 The Codebreaking Computers - A Digital Solution 71
4 Conception of a New System 117
5 Building a New System 131
6 No Damned Computer Is Going To Tell Me What To Do 211
7 In the Air, on Land, and Sea 267
8 New Horizons for Tactical Computers 297
9 Twilight of the Analogs 347
A Joint Electronics Equipment Designation System 401
B: Table of Acronyms and Abbreviations 405
C Univac NTDS Organization, December 1, 1959 415
Bibliography 421
Index 441
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2001

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    When Computers Went To Sea is an outstanding book because it takes us back almost 60 years (October, 1944) to define the problem to be solved and traces how this definition evolved to the threats our nation and our world face today. There¿s an important story here for all of us as we think about current questions like the 7/11/01, Page 1, Wall Street Journal article on Risk Assessment ¿ Plans for a Small Ship Pose Big Questions for the U.S. Navy. NTDS was a successful early (starting in the 1950s) large-scale digital computer hardware and software development project. How could NTDS be so successful in a hostile environment when so many comparable military and commercial development projects experienced major problems? This book also tells that story very well, with important lessons for all who manage large software and hardware developments. Some readers unfamiliar with NTDS and the Navy ships and people involved may find the book a bit difficult to read because it is filled with well researched and documented names and facts. However, the important stories and lessons are written in a way we can all understand and appreciate as we learn more about the roles Alan Turing and Seymour Cray, and many other well-recognized people, played in this important part of our history. I bought this book because I thought it might help our grown children understand what I did in the Navy. Now I will have to buy another copy for them because I¿m sure not going to give them mine!

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