Defense IPv6 consultant hired

The Defense Information Systems Agency has hired SI International Inc. of Reston, Va., to help define and develop solutions for the Internet Protocol version 6 Transition Office.

Former Defense CIO John Stenbit asked DISA to develop a transition office and outline a plan to assist the department in moving to the new protocol by 2008.

Under the two-year, $2.9 million contract, DISA hired SI to provide Internet consulting services to support the rollout of IPv6.

So far, as its first deliverable to DISA, SI has recommended an Internet addressing strategy to accommodate the considerable increase in IP addresses needed to Web-enable the military.

SI will also assist the DOD IPv6 Transition Office in:

  • Rationalizing the requirements for the new protocol across all the military branches

  • Evaluating candidate network components and architectures

  • Testing and establishing standards

  • Advising and assisting the military branches with practical steps associated with transitioning their systems from the current IPv4 protocol to IPv6.

  • Last June, Stenbit announced plans to switch to IPv6 as the department standard for integrating sensor, weapon and systems data on DOD's Global Information Grid.

    Any military communications system bought or developed today must comply with the new IP standard but be able to support IP Version 4, Version 6's predecessor.

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