Navy plans IPv6 tests

Navy plans IPv6 tests

BY SUSAN M. MENKE

GCN Staff


OCT. 23'The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, S.C., in the coming year plans to test an IPv6 version of the Non-Classified IP Router Network.

Government organizations are conducting 'lots of IPv6 impact studies' in view of the rapidly declining availability of 32-bit Internet Protocol Version 4 addresses, said Michael P. Brig, SPAWAR-Charleston's Next Generation Internet program manager. He spoke last week at the IPv6 2000 conference in Washington.

Dual IPv4-IPv6 stacks will soon be in place on the Defense Information Systems Network Leading Edge Services network under test for the Commander in Chief for the 21st Century Advanced Concept and Technology Demonstration, Brig said. The demonstration, at three or four military bases, will test IPv6 security and the cost-effectiveness of migration from IPv4 addressing.

The rapidly growing use of peer-to-peer, mobile and always-on Internet applications is also driving adoption of IPv6, Brig said. A 128-bit IPv6 address is sufficient to connect to a peer without intermediate routing delays for address lookup.

The Defense Department will use 13 of the 128 bits in each IPv6 address for security information, which Brig said is important to ensure military chain-of-command integrity and secrecy.

Brig said SPAWAR has contracted with Opnet Technologies Inc. of Washington to develop by next October an IPv6 model library for use in military modeling and simulation.

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