by Darius Kazemi, Jan 24 2019
RFC-24 is a revision of RFCs 10 and 16, which build on RFC-3. All of these documents attempt to define the scope of an RFC. This one was authored by Steve Crocker on Nov 21, 1969, about a month after the first message was sent over the ARPANET.
The technical content
Here we finally lose the “seems to consist” language that amused me so much in previous RFCs. This is because they finally drop the idea of listing people affiliated with the Network Working Group. It now “consists of interested people from existing or potential ARPA network sites.”
The only other change is that Kim Fry of MITRE.
Mitre was and continues to be a kind of think tank of think tanks. It's similar in a lot of ways to RAND. It is closely aligned with the funding apparatus of the US Department of Defense and was a key player in the US Air Force's SAGE project, which is the closest thing to a spiritual predecessor of ARPANET I could name and is the source of the “computer-filled war room leads to nuclear holocaust” image that's been prevalent in popular culture since the Cold War. Remember SDC? They originated as RAND's internal unit that worked on SAGE. That unit was spun out into SDC, which then did some of the earliest non-packet-switched network computing implementations.
I happened across this article about MITRE's attempt to weaponize Chomskyan linguistics circa 1963!