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[afisnews_sender@DTIC.MIL: New Internet Protocol Version Slated ForDebut]
- From: Alan B. Clegg
- Date: Fri Jun 13 16:01:49 2003
Since the use of IPv6 has been discussed....
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Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2003 15:39:01 -0400
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Subject: New Internet Protocol Version Slated For Debut
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2003 – An improved version of the Internet, featuring
enhancements that improve system security and data delivery, will be part of
DoD's integrated information-communications network, a senior U.S. defense
official said here today.
Users will realize improved service when Internet Protocol Version 6 is
incorporated across DoD systems, John Stenbit, assistant secretary of defense
for networks and information integration, remarked to reporters during a
Pentagon press conference.
DoD currently uses Version 4 of the Internet, Stenbit explained. That system,
he noted, has some flaws.
"There are lots of issues that have come up with Internet Version 4," Stenbit
pointed out, noting many commercial "fixes" have been made to address some of
One Version 4 fix, Stenbit said, concerns the number of Internet addresses that
can be accessed. Yet, this issue, he pointed out, isn't of particular import to
However, DoD is concerned about the lack of information security safeguards
that are inherent in Internet Version 4, Stenbit noted.
And the department is aware of the current Internet system's lack of
dependability in delivering electronic "packages" of information, which,
Stenbit points out, has a negative impact on quality of service.
Today, "if you send a 'packet' on the Internet, nobody is guaranteeing you that
it is going to get to the other end," Stenbit observed.
For example, he noted, sometimes Internet provider-generated video or audio
conferences may lose sight or sound during transmission. This, he explained, is
caused by Version 4 limitations.
Improvements addressing such quality of service issues are part of Internet
Version 6, Stenbit explained.
And Version 6 development "has gotten far enough along so that people now
deliver hardware and software that are compatible with both standards," Stenbit
Version 6 "is what we're going to be using" as the standard for DoD, Stenbit
declared, noting, "We're anticipating moving the department to the use of IP 6
in about 2008."
Consequently, DoD acquisition officials must begin purchasing Version 6-
compatible equipment now, Stenbit concluded.
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