MSC Software
Military Standard Communications (MSC) software suite, also known as MARS Standard Communications software suite.  
(Member developed software, such as the MS-DMT software modem is provided below, scroll to the end of this page)

Background
There is no readily available Amateur Radio or MARS member developed software that is suitable for MARS members to perform the tasks under the current conditions required of the MARS program.  AMARS defines it's scope and purpose in terms that extend significantly beyond simple radio communications.  Workflow is in many ways defined by software, and desirable and undesirable behaviors can be managed in the software environment.  Previous software products, such as Station Manager, were simple tools to perform basic communications tasks but lacked the sophistication and flexibility to rapidly evolve into performing new missions or manage operating behavior.  

Interoperability is incorrectly defined by focusing on a technical layer, such as radio communications.  Interoperability must encompass the entire workflow.  Software applications that collect and manage data must also be interoperable with the software that manages the communications link.  In 2015 and 2016 the primary MARS member software developers cooperated to create the "V3" Applications Interface so that modular applications could be developed separately and communication inside the same workflow seamlessly.  MSC software utilizes this standardized application interface.

The MSC software listed here is provided by HQ Army MARS for use by MARS members, and it is required to perform the tasks required of AMARS members using surplus military data modems, commercially available MIL-STD data modems, and the MIL-STD Data Modem Terminal (MS-DMT) which utilizes a sound card interface.  The MSC suite supports the entire end-to-end workflow of MARS of which radio communications is only a subset.  Therefore this software is modular in design, includes modules which are capable of performing data collection and consolidation functions, and may appear to be more complex if all modules are loaded at once by a new user.   

Source code for an example terminal application and radio modem interface is included the folders below .

Disclaimer
This software is intended for privately owned Information Systems, or stand alone Information Systems.  A Certificate of Net-worthiness (CON) and certification through the DoD Risk Management Framework, (RMF) is not required for this application.  This is licensed software and is not available to the public.  The software packages are encrypted to control access to the licensed parties.  Most software intended for MARS members requires DoD Encryption Wizard and the appropriate passphrase.  

No warranty or suitability for any purpose is intended or implied.  Use at your own risk.

Current Status and Version
The current version of the MSC Suite and status of the individual applications is listed below.  For most members, the main MSC suite installer is sufficient to perform the required tasks associated with MARS membership and updates are-not necessary.  
  • Beta Software and Application Updates are no longer available at this site and is not provided directly to the general MARS membership.  

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MARS Member Developed Software
The folders below are owned by the named software developer and links are provided here as a single distribution point for the convenience of MARS members and  Amateur Radio operators.  This software is developed by individual citizen volunteers from within the MARS community, is the property of the respective, named developer, and is offered to the MARS and/or Amateur Radio community under license granted by the individual developer.  This software may be modified, removed from this archive, or the license may be revoked at any time without notice, at the discretion of the owner.  Conditions of each license may vary.  All questions or feedback concerning the below software should be directed to the named software developer.  

The software below is a product of a private individual, it DOES NOT have a Certificate of Net-worthiness (CON) and is not certified through the DoD Risk Management Framework, (RMF).  The software packages may be encrypted to control access to the licensed parties.  Most software intended for MARS members requires DoD Encryption Wizard and the appropriate passphrase.  

No warranty or suitability for any purpose is intended or implied.  Use at your own risk.