Network Working Group Postel
Request for Comments: 945
A DoD Statement on the NRC Report
STATUS OF THIS MEMO
This RFC reproduces a letter from the Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (ASDC3I) to
the Director of the Defense Communications Agency (DCA). This letter
is distributed for information only. Distribution of this memo is
In December 1978, the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for
Research and Engineering, Gerald P. Dinneen, USDR&E, issued a
memorandum mandating the use of TCP/IP for all packet-oriented data
networks where there is potential for host-to-host connectivity
across network or subnetwork boundaries, and designating the Defense
Communications Agency as the DoD Executive Agent for computer
communications protocols (see IEN-152).
In April 1980, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Communications,
Command, Control, and Intelligence, Gerald P. Dinneen, ASDC3I, issued
a memorandum reaffirming the requirement of TCP/IP, confirming the
role of DCA as the Executive Agent, and approving a plan for the
organization and activities of the Executive Agent (see IEN-152).
In March 1982, Richard D. DeLauer, ASDC3I, issued a memorandum
reaffirming the requirement for the use of TCP/IP, and reaffirming
the role of DCA as Executive Agent (see IEN-207).
However, there is also a DoD policy of long standing to use non-DoD
standards when such standards are available and meet the military
requirements. This policy is cited in DeLauer's memorandum.
Because questions were raised about the DoD use of TCP/IP as a
protocol standard, while the ISO is developing an differing set of
standards, and the NBS is working toward establishing the ISO
standards as FIPS, in May 1983 the National Research Council (NRC)
was asked jointly by DoD and NBS to study the issues and recommend a
course of action. The final report of the NRC committee was
published in February 1985 (see RFC-942
The enclosed letter is from Donald C. Latham (ASDC3I) to DCA
transmitting the NRC report and requesting specific actions relative
to the recommendations of the report.