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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Air Force begins migrating email to cloud-based system in 2017

    The dreaded “your mailbox is full” message is soon to be a thing of the past under a recent directive by the Air Force Space Command to realign resources to more critical priorities and outsourcing services like email.   The Air Force Lifecycle Management Center and Air Force Network Integration Center partnered with industry under the
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