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  • Air Force Command and Control at the Start of the New Millennium

    The new millennium began with advances brought about by the technological boom of the 1990s, and the Air Force now faced the challenge of how to maximize operations using these new technologies.
  • Computing Technology and Advancements of the 1990s

    Each decade brings its own innovations, but through the wealth of advancements in computing and networking technologies, the 1990s were truly a revolutionary time in the history of the Air Force. Associated organizational changes also foundationally re-shaped the way the Air Force managed communications and further transformed the military’s approach to traditional warfare.
  • Modernization: USAF Analog to digital efforts in the late 1970s and 1980s

    As the Air Force Network Integration Center (AFNIC) continues to celebrate its 75th anniversary year, this article highlights contributions made during the late 1970s and throughout most of the 1980s.
  • Flight Inspection: The mission and my time with the Air Force Communications Service

    As the Air Force Network Integration Center (AFNIC) celebrates 75 years of history, it is easy to trace many of the organization’s current missions back to those early days.
  • AUTODIN: The Air Force’s first high speed data communications network

    In the mid ‘50s, the Department of the Air Force had a manual data communications system for punched card traffic and a separate system for teletype communications. These manual data systems had inherent limitations in speed and capacity as well as being susceptible to human error.
  • AFNIC celebrates diverse mobile communications history

    The Air Force Network Integration Center is celebrating 75 years in military communications. Looking back through its rich history, the 1950s showed exponential growth in the mobile communication sector.
  • Momentous Beginnings: Communications Encircle the Globe

    The Air Force Network Integration Center is celebrating 75 years being the leader in military communications. They have a long history starting with the Army Airways Communications System and leading up to today.The AACS began as just a system of Airmen and technology performing a combination of communications and air traffic control functions. In
  • How We Got Here: AFNIC at 75 Years and Counting

    When the United States Air Force celebrated its birth as an independent service September 18, 1947, what would eventually be designated the Air Force Network Integration Center was already four years old. On April 26, 1943, the Army Airways Communications System Wing was activated in the midst of a globe engulfing conflict we recognize as World War II.
  • The Birth of Powered Flight and Air-to-Ground Communications

    1903 was a monumental year for heavier-than-air flight and communications expansion. Just as a fledgling Signals Corps Lieutenant, William “Billy” Mitchell, was finishing his assignment to place 500 miles of telegraph wire in the Alaskan territory, Orville and Wilber Wright were preparing to launch the first airplane into flight. The Wright brothers’ ambitious achievement December 17, 1903, heralded the beginning of capabilities that would eventually lead to an independent United States Air Force. The following 40 years would prove to be the pioneering era for both powered flight and electronic communications.
  • Electronic Communications’ Humble Beginnings

    When people think about the Air Force Network Integration Center, they immediately relate to their government email being migrated to the cloud or being the number one premier organization on cyber integration and standardization across the Air Force. The year 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of AFNIC. However, communications started much earlier. While communications dates back thousands of years, the effort towards electronic communications began in the mid-1800s.