Computerized Defense Industries was founded in 1087 by three Darrians (two native Darrians and one naturalized Darrian from Terra) named Viktor Scott, a professor of Electrical Engineering at the Darrian University on Mire, Kris Lords, a Terran Military Historian from the same university, and Corwin Michaels, a computer engineer and ex- fighter pilot for the Darrian Confederation.
The corporation's early years were plagued by insufficient funds due to the lack of influential buyers (ie: Third Imperium) of their new defense programs.
In 1091, the Imperium bought (in quantity) the CDI Gravity Control Program and the CDI missile guidance system for long-range missiles. The GCP and the missile guidance system quickly established CDI as a major Darrian and Imperial defense contractor.
CDI facilities were soon being built on several planets in the Spinward Marches (Collace/District 268, Regina/Regina, Lunion/Lunion, Glisten/Glisten, Rhylanor, Rhylanor, Mora/Mora, and Trin/Trin's Veil). Six Program Research & Development (PR&D) stations were also built outside the Darrian Confederation: Penelope/Five Sisters, Choleosti/Vilis, Yori/Regina, Cogri/Lanth, Aster/Glisten, and also on Heguz/Aramis. Inside the territories of the Darrian Confederation installations were built on the worlds of Zamine, Roget, Mire, Darrian, and on Terant 340 (which is also the site of a PR&D station). All of these bases (with the exception of the PR&D facilities) were built within 20 years and were all made fully operational by 147-1112. The PR&D stations were made operational by 270-1105.
The six Program Research and Development (PR&D) stations which were built began research in 001-1106 in several fields. Artificial intelligence is being researched on Terant 340, and significant developments have been made. Advanced robotics are being studied at Penelope, and with very impressive developments. Black hole research is being conducted with some Imperial assistance at Yori. A probe has been built which will aide in the conduct of further research. On the world on Cogri, psionics research is also under study. Advanced defensive weaponry research is under-way on the facility at Choleosti. Heguz sponsors the CDI PR&D facility which directs the advanced computer technology studies, and on Aster, matter transport vessels are under design.
All facilities were placed on these worlds under either the authority of the Imperium or Darrian Confederation, so they are no likely to be known by the general populous. Several basic requirements were set forth by CDI when the decision was made to begin building the PR&D facilities. These requirements are:
The organization of Computerized Defense Industries is unlike most other corporations. Each of the three founders has an equal share of the total stock of the corporation (30%). Each founder also holds the title of "President" for his/her section.
Each section contains three divisions as follows: Robotics, Gravatics, and Transportation in the first section, which is headed by Viktor Scott. The second section, headed by Kris Lords, contains the Research, Communications, and Advertising divisions. And the last division, headed by Cowin Michaels, is the host to the Computer, Weaponry, and Security divisions.
Frontier Managers, or FMs, perform duties which complement the function of the installation which is under their direction. Each frontier manager will generally have ten assistants, called Consul Advisors. Every division has its own Frontier Manager, except for the Security Division; all CDI security personnel are under the direct control of Corwin Michaels, the section head.
Each division of CDI complements all of the others, as if one division could not work without the others. All of the following are CDI divisions: