Stenbit: IPv6 will kick in around 2008

Stenbit: IPv6 will kick in around 2008

The Defense CIO today endorsed the next version of the Internet Protocol, known as IPv6, to integrate sensors, weapons and systems on the Defense Department's Global Information Grid.

The successor to IPv4 improves system security and service quality, said CIO John Stenbit, also DOD's assistant secretary for networks and information integration. He spoke at a Pentagon briefing.

The move to IPv6 won't take place until around 2008, Stenbit said.

The globally connected grid will be a single information system with an enterprise architecture. DOD expects to complete all the GIG layers, including communications and applications, late in this decade. Tightly integrated IP communications will be a key component.

IPv4 has been in use for about 25 years. The most commonly cited reason for the protocol shift has been worldwide depletion of 32-bit IPv4 address space. IPv6 has much more capacious address space.

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