Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories

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The Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories were laboratories that were part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, active from 1945 to 2011, following consolidation to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Kirtland Air Force Base under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.[1]


Originally founded as the Air Force Cambridge Research Center (AFCRC), the lab was a Cold War systems development organization which developed telephone modem communications for a Digital Radar Relay in 1949.[2] Created by General Arnold in 1945,[3] AFCRC participated in Project Space Track and Semi-Automatic Ground Environment development.


  1. Altshuler, Edward E. (2 January 2013). The Rise and Fall of Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories. Hanscom Air Force Base: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1481832514.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Edwards, Paul N (1996). "Chapter 3: SAGE" (PDF). The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. p. 19. Retrieved 2013-04-23. the Air Force Cambridge Research Center (AFCRC) [had] recently developed methods for digital transmission of data over telephone lines [with] Digital Radar Relay (DRR)55 The DRR research, begun just after World War II, had taken four years to complete. Its availability solved one of the many analog-to-digital conversion problems faced by the eventual SAGE.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Edwards footnote 55 cites Harrington p. 370)


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