Skip to content


Mallard Project

Included in the CECOM Historical Office’s archive is a smaller collection (about 0.3 linear foot of material) of materials related to the Mallard Project. The Mallard Project (“Mallard”) did not originate at CECOM predecessor ECOM, but rather was a project assigned to the ECOM location. “Mallard” which operated in the late 1960s and early 1970s, was an outgrowth of the ABCA (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia Armies) Agreement. As such the project was conducted with the involvement of all four of these countries. The location was in a freshly constructed building located on Hance Avenue, in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, a short distance from Fort Monmouth.

Dedication Booklet - 1967

Dedication Booklet – 1967

As an outgrowth of the ABCA, there were four flag poles in front of the building. At the onset, the project appears to have only involved three countries (The United States, Australia, and Canada). Note the flag poles on the image of the dedication brochure. Eventually the United Kingdom would also become a participant. The project was a major cooperative effort between these three countries, with the purpose being the development of a comprehensive secure tactical communication system for the field armies of the cooperating countries.

“Mallard” was divided into three stages, to include 1) definition of operational and technical requirements (“Mallard I”), 2) detailed study of the systems and equipments (“Mallard II”), and 3) advanced development, engineering development and production (“Mallard III”).

“Mallard I” ended with the completion of its major objectives by defining initial user requirements. The Mallard I study identified quantitative and qualitative requirements of the ABCA nations. The qualitative parameters were broad, to include mobility, flexibility, responsiveness, reliability, and more definitive requirements of security for nodes, mobile access (Single-channel radio access), and ability to accommodate voice, teletypewriter, and facsimile users.

“Mallard I” was the only stage of the project that was carried out to completion with the involvement of all of the agreeing countries; at the end of “Mallard I”, the United States withdrew from the project to seek other alternatives. At that time, Mallard was dissolved and the “Mallard II and III” stages were reexamined and redefined as four phases to include: 1) system studies and techniques investigation in support of the system studies, 2) development functional models and/or stimulations, 3) engineering development, and 4) production of the system to satisfy requirements of the four governments.

This is a really high-level overview of what was a unique cooperative effort that actually discusses the implementation of a project that traces its inception back to WWII.

The CECOM Historical Office Mallard Project collection includes a joint history of the Mallard Project, news articles and press releases, biographical materials on participants, and Annual Historical Summaries. Interested readers should contact the Historical office on the contact page located at http://cecom.army.mil/historian/contactus.php for additional information.

This blog was written by Floyd Hertweck.

Press Release - 1970

Press Release – 1970

 

 

Posted in From the Archives.

Tagged with , , , , , , .

Read Comments


Checking In

Bravo Company guards at check points. 20 Dec 2001

Image #0466

Image #0466

For bibliography purposes, these images can be cited:

Image #—, “US Army Photo collection, C-E Museum Acquisition” from the CECOM Historical Office archive, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

Make sure to double-check your style guide for the appropriate method of citation for your work. Need a higher resolution version of this same photo? Leave us a comment below or click on our contact page above, and reference the image number. Each of the scanned originals is approximately 2-11 MB.

Posted in Photo Series.

Tagged with , , , , , , , .

Read Comments


Radar at Pearl Harbor – December 1941

The radar equipment developed in secret by the Camp Evans Signal Laboratory was in use on the morning on 7 December 1941 in Hawaii.

CE Museum Photo #2559

CE Museum Photo #2559

The photograph shows the Antenna Array of the SCR 270B Radar Installation installed at Opana, Oahu, Hawaii. This is the same radar that was used to detect and track the Japanese attack against targets on the Island of Oahu on 7 December 1941. Unfortunately, the warnings were ignored. The photograph was taken late in December of 1941.

Posted in This Day In History, This Week in CECOM History.

Tagged with , , , .

Read Comments


Signal School

Students in Signal Officers Basic Course, Section 764 in Comcenter class, first ever being held in Squier Hall, Fort Monmouth, NJ. Capt. Willaim Tripp, Instr., O.D.T.S.S, F.M.N.J., using training aid to instruct students Lt. Arthur Withington, Lt Charles Fowler, and Lt. John Paul Jones. 11 July 1955

Image # 0608

Image # 0608

For bibliography purposes, these images can be cited:

Image #—, “US Army Photo collection, C-E Museum Acquisition” from the CECOM Historical Office archive, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

Make sure to double-check your style guide for the appropriate method of citation for your work. Need a higher resolution version of this same photo? Leave us a comment below or click on our contact page above, and reference the image number. Each of the scanned originals is approximately 2-11 MB.

Posted in Photo Series.

Tagged with , , , , , , .

Read Comments


Radio Free Europe – 1 December 1918

First radio station established by American Army in Germany, sending and receiving word about occupation of German territory by American troops. Station established by 2nd Field Signal Battalion at Kalender Muhl, December 1, 1918. Germany.

CE Museum Photo #380

CE Museum Photo #380

Posted in From the Archives, This Day In History.

Tagged with , , , , .

Read Comments


It’s Tech Manual Day!

Have you checked out our collection of technical manuals on our website? There’s thousands of them on the list!

MX-155/GT

MX-155/GT

We can scan them in and email them as PDFs.

For all your old equipment needs

For all your old equipment needs

Most of the manuals are in the TM 11 series.

For all your Connecting and Switching Kit needs!

For all your Connecting and Switching Kit needs!

Approximately 25% of our research inquiries are about manuals.

Posted in From the Archives.

Tagged with , , , , , , , , .

Read Comments


Special, like a snowflake

Ice crystals from the Signal Corps Engineering Labs, c1950s

Image # 0888

Image # 0888

For bibliography purposes, these images can be cited:

Image #—, “US Army Photo collection, C-E Museum Acquisition” from the CECOM Historical Office archive, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

Make sure to double-check your style guide for the appropriate method of citation for your work. Need a higher resolution version of this same photo? Leave us a comment below or click on our contact page above, and reference the image number. Each of the scanned originals is approximately 2-11 MB.

Posted in Photo Series.

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , .

Read Comments


Rough Terrain

Photo from Korea

Image # 0887

Image # 0887

For bibliography purposes, these images can be cited:

Image #—, “US Army Photo collection, C-E Museum Acquisition” from the CECOM Historical Office archive, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

Make sure to double-check your style guide for the appropriate method of citation for your work. Need a higher resolution version of this same photo? Leave us a comment below or click on our contact page above, and reference the image number. Each of the scanned originals is approximately 2-11 MB.

Posted in Photo Series.

Tagged with , , , , , .

Read Comments


Young General Squire

George Owen Squire (Stevenson, Leavenworth)

Image # 0671

Image # 0671

For bibliography purposes, these images can be cited:

Image #—, “US Army Photo collection, C-E Museum Acquisition” from the CECOM Historical Office archive, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

Make sure to double-check your style guide for the appropriate method of citation for your work. Need a higher resolution version of this same photo? Leave us a comment below or click on our contact page above, and reference the image number. Each of the scanned originals is approximately 2-11 MB.

Posted in Photo Series.

Tagged with , , , , , , .

Read Comments


Anniversary of the First Solo Military Flight

Celebrating the 50th anniversay of the first solo flight by a military man in an Army Airplane, a commemorative ceremony was held at Fort Belvoir this morning (26 October), at which MG Gerald E. Gallowy, Post Commanding General, presented a symbolic bronze plaque to BG John H. Dudley, Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School, for inclusion in the School’s archives. US Army Engineer Engineer Officer, BG Frederic E. Humphreys, (then a second lieutenant and now deceased), made the historic flight at 8 am, 26 October 1909. Here, his widow, left, who was present at the ceremony, shows her husabnd’s original Engineer Castle, pinned on her lapel, to General Galloway, center, and General Dudley, right, who is holding the plaque.

Image # 0925

Image # 0925

Mrs. Humphreys shows deceased husband’s original Engineer Castle pin during 50th anniversary of military flight celebration.

Image # 0927

Image # 0927

For bibliography purposes, these images can be cited:

Image #—, “US Army Photo collection, C-E Museum Acquisition” from the CECOM Historical Office archive, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

Make sure to double-check your style guide for the appropriate method of citation for your work. Need a higher resolution version of this same photo? Leave us a comment below or click on our contact page above, and reference the image number. Each of the scanned originals is approximately 2-11 MB.

Posted in Photo Series, This Day In History.

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

Read Comments