Ballistics Research Labs

There are slides devoted to this topic: Lecture 7c, pp. 2-8.


Check out the U.S. Army’s resource page on ARL (Army Research Laboratory) Computing History – formerly, the Ballistics Research Laboratory. Many of the links on the page are primary resources – written by Goldstine, von Neumann, and others – or historical overviews. The documents cover BRL’s history and function, the role of human computers and, later, the ENIAC in computing firing tables, and more.

Read “The History of BRL,” a lecture given in 1992 by late computer scientist and historian Mike Muuss. The transcript covers the computer inventions and breakthroughs made by the army’s research labs, from ENIAC and EDVAC to Arpanet and CAD software.