Army Historical Series
CMH Pub 30-17, Cloth; CMH Pub 30-17-1, Paper
1996, 2006; 464 pages, ﬁgures, maps, tables, illustrations, appendixes, bibliographical note, glossary, and index
GPO S/N: 008-029-00488-7
Getting the Message Through, the companion volume to Rebecca Robbins Raines' Signal Corps, traces the evolution of the corps from the appointment of the first signal officer on the eve of the Civil War, through its stages of growth and change, to its service in Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. Raines highlights not only the increasingly specialized nature of warfare and the rise of sophisticated communications technology, but also such diverse missions as weather reporting and military aviation. Information dominance in the form of superior communications is considered to be sine qua non to modern warfare. As Raines ably shows, the Signal Corps—once considered by some Army officers to be of little or no military value—and the communications it provides have become integral to all aspects of military operations on modern digitized battlefields. The volume is an invaluable reference source for anyone interested in the institutional history of the branch.
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