RFCs & MIL-STDs


POSTEL@B.ISI.EDU
12 Oct 1986 15:50:45 PDT


Hi.

It is the intention that the RFC specifications and the MIL-STD
specifications describe exactly the same protocols. In principle, an
implementation based solely on the RFCs should interoperate with an
implementation based solely on the MIL-STDs. In practice, every
implementer should make use of both the RFC documents and the MIL-STD
documents. The notion that the RFCs apply to ARPANET, and the
MIL-STDs to MILNET is wrong. If an implementer thinks there is a
difference in what is required between the RFCs and the MIL-STDs that
difference should be reported to DCA and the IAB and be resolved.

--jon.
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