Defense Message System defined

The Defense Message System-Army service extension into the tactical environment – often referred to as Tactical Defense Message System or the Tactical Message System – encompasses all hardware and software necessary to extend DMS into the deployed tactical environment. DMS doesn’t establish new networks; it’s an application that rides over the existing transmission-control protocol/ Internet protocol networks that exist throughout both the strategic and tactical environments – for example, nonsecure Internet protocol router network, secure Internet protocol router network and tactical-packet network.

DMS is a joint-service program managed by Defense Information Systems Agency and is the single solution for defense messaging, or official record traffic, within the Defense Department. It replaces and expands the capability of the old Automatic Digital Network. Although DISA manages the strategic level of DMS at posts, camps and stations throughout the world, each service is responsible for developing the capability to extend DMS to deployed tactical users.

DMS works very much like the electronic-mail systems you currently use. In fact, if you’re using Lotus Notes or Microsoft Outlook, you’re already using DMS’ basic functions. To meet the DMS messaging protocol requirements (X.500), Microsoft and Lotus added certain extended-capability features to their commercial release of Outlook and Notes.

So you should already be familiar with DMS’ basics, and your transition to DMS will be easy. You’ll find DMS’ advanced capabilities are critical to your operational mission.

Acronym QuickScan
DISA – Defense Information Systems Agency
DMS – Defense Message System

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