A Return To Pigeons

Image Courtesy of the   United States Army ,  Department of the Army  ,   Department of Defense

Image Courtesy of the United States Army, Department of the Army, Department of Defense

via a well-crafted commentary piece by Frank Blazich, PhD (Frank Blazich, PhD is the Modern Military History Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History), writing at War On The Rocks, comes his view on returning to Military Homing Pigeons as the method to deliver crucial messaging in time of war (used extensively in the United States and theatres of combat in both WWI and WWII). Undeniably, todays Must Read. Interestingly, there is an IETF RFC for that… H/T

“Avian carriers can provide high delay, low throughput, and low
altitude service. The connection topology is limited to a single
point-to-point path for each carrier, used with standard carriers,
but many carriers can be used without significant interference with
each other, outside of early spring. This is because of the 3D ether space available to the carriers, in contrast to the 1D ether used by IEEE802.3. The carriers have an intrinsic collision avoidance system, which increases availability. Unlike some network technologies, such as packet radio, communication is not limited to line-of-sight distance. Connection oriented service is available in some cities, usually based upon a central hub topology.” – via the IETF Network Working Group, D. Waitzman, Request for Comments: 1149, BBN STC,1 April 1990.



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