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DoD statement on Open Systems Interconnection protocols (RFC1039) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001844D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 6K

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D. Latham: AUTHOR


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Network Working Group D. Latham

Request for Comments: 1039 DoD

Obsoletes RFC-945 January 1988

A DoD Statement on Open Systems Interconnection Protocols

Status of this Memo

This RFC reproduces a memorandum issued on 2-JUL-87 from the

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications,

and Intelligence (ASDC31) to the Director of the Defense

Communications Agency (DCA). This memo is distributed for

information only. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.


There has been recent rapid progress in the specification and

implementation of computer protocols based on the International

Organization for Standardization model for Open Systems

Interconnection (OSI). The Government OSI Profile (GOSIP), dated 22

April 1987, contains sufficient information to specify adequately and

acquire interoperable vendor implementations of OSI message handling

and file transfer capabilities. Therefore, the policy on

standardization of host-to-host protocols for data communications,

promulgated by USDR&E memo of 23 March 1982, is modified as follows.

The OSI message handling and file transfer protocols, together with

their underlying protocols as defined in GOSIP, are adopted as

experimental co-standards to the DoD protocols which provide similar

services (MIL-STDs 1777, 1778, 1780, and 1781). These OSI protocols

may be specified in addition to, in lieu of, or as an optional

alternative to DoD protocols, in cases where the current DoD protocol

applicability statements apply. They are designated as experimental

because of the limited operational experience currently available

with the OSI protocols and the limited operational, testing, and

security environment currently defined in GOSIP. Services and

agencies choosing to implement OSI protocols at this time should

carefully evaluate these factors and be prepared to deal with the

complications which may accompany the introduction of new technology.

It is intended to adopt the OSI protocols as a full co-standard with

the DoD protocols when GOSIP is formally approved as a Federal

Information Processing Standard. Two years thereafter, the OSI

protocols would become the sole mandatory interoperable protocol

suite; however, a capability for interoperation with DoD protocols

would be provided for the expected life of systems supporting the DoD


In order to extend the OSI protocol capabilities and provide

interoperability between the DoD and OSI protocols as rapidly as