Date of Award

8-3-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Advisor

Werner Lippert, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Gary Bailey, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Dighton McGlachlan Fiddner, Ph.D.

Abstract

The argument that has been outlined within this thesis is established by examining the underlying connections within the evolution of computer technology. I argue that the initial steps in computer technology evolution were sparked by the perception of military need. From the first development of the modern computer in World War II; to the scientific revolution due to Sputnik that resulted in the establishment of ARPA; to the efforts of the Jasons and McNamara in the Vietnam War to implement computers into the military at last; to the emergence of the ARPAnet that would revolutionize communications and information sharing; all were steps that would result in the implementation of computers into the military and bring computer technology to the forefront of military research and as a result the public's as well.

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