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[] Pentagon: IPv6 to Enable Net-Centric Operations,

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

No. 413-03
Jun 13, 2003

Next-Generation Internet Protocol to Enable Net-Centric Operations

Implementation of the next-generation Internet protocol that will bring
Department of Defense closer to its goal of net-centric warfare and
operations was
announced today by John P. Stenbit, assistant secretary of defense for
networks and
information integration and DoD chief information officer.

The new Internet protocol, known as IPv6, will facilitate integration of
essential elements of DoD s Global Information Grid -- its sensors,
platforms, information and people.  Secretary Stenbit is directing the

The current version of the Internet s operating system, IPv4, has been
in use by DoD
for almost 30 years.  Its fundamental limitations, along with the
explosion of Internet use, inhibit net-centric operations.  IPv6 is
designed to
overcome those limitations by expanding available IP address space,
end-to-end security, facilitating mobile communications, enhancing
quality of
service and easing system management burdens.

Enterprise-wide deployment of IPv6 will keep the warfighter secure and
connected in
a fast-moving battlespace,  Secretary Stenbit said.   Achievement of
operations and warfare depends on effectively implementing the

Secretary Stenbit signed a policy memorandum on June 9 that outlines a
strategy to
ensure an integrated, timely and effective transition.  A key element of
transition minimizes future transition costs by requiring that, starting
in October
2003, all network capabilities purchased by DoD be both IPv6-capable and
interoperable with the department s extensive IPv4 installed base.

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