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IPv6 Transition Crucial to Military
Posted by: Jordi on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - 10:59 AM
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The terrorist attack on the Pentagon two years ago convinced the military to accelerate its transition to IPv6, the new version of the Internet Protocol (IP) currently being reviewed by standards bodies.

John L. Osterholz, the Pentagon's director of architecture and interoperability, told several hundred attendees at the U.S. IPv6 Summit 2003 that the current version of the Internet's operating system, IPv4, has been in use by the military for almost 30 years and is outdated.

"We are a nation at war and urgency is needed," he said. "Part of our urgency is a bow wave of new technology out there. We could hot-rod IPv4 to look like IPv6 but patches don't really work, not on an integrated package. We'd be just setting ourselves up for failure. The vulnerabilities of IPv4 are known worldwide."

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