Provides information previously unavailable: the role of the US Air Force inadvancing information and electronics technology. The Air Force established a far-reaching research effort upon becoming a separate service in 1947 and Rome laboratory, est. 1951, the Force's primary ground electronics lab. Details Air Force involvement in development of radio, radar, satellites, computers, etc. Foreword; As a former commander of Rome Laboratory, I am particularly proud of the rich legacy of Air Force science and technology developed in Rome chronicled in this great book. I am equally proud of the dedicated citizens who have served at Rome - men and women, civilians and military, government workers and contractors - and the speed at which they have transitioned their work into military systems that have revolutionized our military. Rome, New York, is an all-American town with its own unique place in American history. On August 3, 1777, the Stars and Stripes were first flown over Fort Stanwix on the colonial frontier at the present site of Rome.
The bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War was fought a stone's throw from here at Oriskany, New York, where the British attempted to divide the rebellious colonies - and failed. On July 4, 1817, construction of the Erie Canal began in Rome near an historic Native American portage site between the eastward flowing Mohawk River and others that flow to the west. The Erie Canal accelerated development of the American western frontier and firmly established New York City as the nation's commercial center. Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance here in 1892 for school children to recite on the quadricentennial of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the legendary Mohawk Valley, Rome is also the home to a major research unit of the Air Force Research Laboratory - the Rome Research Site. This site is home to the Headquarters of AFRL's Information Directorate and a portion of AFRL's Sensors Directorate. At an earlier time, this was known as the Rome Air Development Center, and, more recently, as Rome Laboratory.