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MILITARY TELECOMMUNICATIONS will have to change significantly in order to support future command and control concepts. Highly automated communications systems will be required which must be able to manage themselves at the network level, as well as the internetwork level, if the survivable architectures required by users are going to be developed. Emerging technology in packet switching, internetwork protocols, automated network management, and artificial intelligence will provide the foundations for building such systems. With these technologies, a military telecommunications and processing environment can be evolved that will readily support distributed and hence survivable command and control in the battlefield of the future.