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Army taps DMS for wartime comm

The Army recently implemented the Defense Message System (DMS) to provide users here with better-protected and faster communications than e-mail over the Defense Department’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET). DMS messages travel over the Defense Information Systems Network, which distributes voice, video and data messages. The system — a $1.6 billion effort to secure DOD communications worldwide — is designed to provide writer-to-reader service for classified and top-secret information, delivering messages to DOD users at their desktops and to other agencies and contractors, if necessary. Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Arthur Edgeson, senior systems engineer at the Fort Detrick, Md., office of Data Systems Analysts Inc., said DMS became active at Camp Doha at the end of last month and has experienced a noticeable increase in traffic since Operation Iraqi Freedom began March 20. Full Story

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