Computers and the
Overview From the dawn of time, war
has driven technology to new boundaries. The Romans created new roads
throughout Europe to facilitate the movement of troops; two thousand years
later the United States created the interstate highway system in part to
allow the military to move quickly from one area of the country to
another. Today's modern military relies on smart bombs, global positioning
devices, and secure networks to coordinate military activities that
achieve its goals with a minimum of bloodshed. Follow the links below to
learn more about computers and the military.
General Information ARPANET was the
predecessor of today's Internet. Read a definition of ARPANET here
and a history of ARPANET here.
Visit DefenseLINK, the official Web site of the US Department of Defense
link. Read an article about the military's role in computer research here.
Information about technology relating to air defense can be found here.
- Apache helicopters are
some of the most technologically advanced helicopters in use today.
Read about these "flying tanks" at this
- Learn more about the
Force 21 Battle Command Brigade and Below technology here.
- GPS technology is an
integral part of modern military strategy. Find out how GPS works at this
link. Read United States Global Positioning System Policy here.
- The US Army and
Raytheon are working on the Land Warrior project--arms and high-tech
equipment designed for use by individual soldiers. Read about it at this
- The Department of
Defense Modeling and Simulation office manages and coordinates
modeling and simulation efforts from various organizations. Check out
its Web site here.
- Read an article about
what it's like to use an F-16 fighter simulator at this
- The US Military's
classified Project PX created the first general use computer ever
invented, the ENIAC. See pictures and read about the ENIAC at this
- The Army's first
digitized division, the 4th Infantry Division, is described in detail at
- Read about how one
hacker managed to crack the security protecting SIPRNET, the
Department of Defense's secure network, in this
Common Ground System (DCGS) is an
information-intensive computer-based system that is helping the military
share enormous amounts of information "live". Read about
it at www.defense-update.com/products/d/dcgs.htm.
is working with the military on one such project. The article "What
is "DCGS-A?" discusses a specific DCGS used by the Army.
Additional Links Interested in
playing flight simulator games similar to those the US Air Force uses to
train its pilots? Check out two of the latest and greatest flight
simulators at this
link and at this link. The US Military employs thousands of technology workers. Read job