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Communications Support Processor (CSP)

The Communications Support Processor (CSP) is an Automated Message Processing Exchange (AMPE) which provides communications services for the receipt and transmission of General Service (GENSER) and Defense Special Security Communications System (DSSCS) messages to/from AUTODIN. It is accredited as an automated system for a Telecommunications Center (TCC). CSP serves every aspect of TCC operations ranging from AUTODIN communications to the production of hardcopy messages, complete with full classification and handling instructions. It can function as either a stand-alone system or a front-end processor for an analyst support system.

The new CSP system can process over 40,000 messages a day - a 500 percent increase over the earlier CSP PDP computer based system. The upgraded CSP is now operational at nine sites: CINCPACFLT, USSTRATCOM, Air Mobility Command (AMC), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Yokota Air Base, Ramstein AFB, Beale AFB, Molesworth, and Cheyenne Mountain. Other site CSP replacements were implemented at a rate of 10-15 per year over the FY93-97 timeframe.

The Rome Laboratory delivered a five fold increase in AUTODIN message processing by re-developing the assembly language coded Communications Support Processor (CSP) in Ada. This effort not only increased the performance of the hardware and software baseline of the CSP but also provided increased system security, eliminated existing and potential system bottlenecks, improved software transportability, reduced cost of software enhancements and maintenance, and increased reliability and maintainability.

The Rome Laboratory supports the CSP contract which is currently operational at 64 worldwide sites. The CSP can operate as a stand alone AUTODIN tributary for consolidated base level secure communication centers or as a front-end processor providing AUTODIN access for intelligence analyst support systems. CSP is the DIA/Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) approved standard front-end message handler for various backside intelligence systems such as the Modular Architecture for the eXchange of Intelligence (MAXI) and the Computer Aided Tactical Information System (CATIS).

The Rome Laboratory developed the initial CSP technology during the early 1970's. They first fielded the CSP at HQ Strategic Air Command (SAC) in 1978. In February of 1980 the Department of Defense (DoD) adopted the CSP as a DoD standard. Rome Lab developed the CSP to run on the PDP 11/84 computer with MACRO-11 Assembly language. Under the CSP Performance Upgrade Program (PUP) Rome Lab developed a partial Ada version of CSP to prove the concept of using Ada and provide early relief for message saturated sites. They installed this version and reached Initial Operational Capability at HQ SAC in March 1991. The full Ada version resides on Digital Equipment Corporation VMS computer processors. This version went through extensive testing and was security accredited on 29 January 1993 at HQ AMC.

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