Defense picks consultant for IPv6 transition

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 for the department to move to the new protocol by 2008.

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

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.

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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