In July of 2001, at U.S. Navy SPAWAR IPv6 Seminar in Charleston, SC, and then again in December 2001, at a U.S. Army Seminar at FT. Monmouth, NJ, the initial creation of the North American IPv6 Task Force (NAv6TF) was solidified. The NAv6TF is a Task Force under the auspices of the IPv6 Forum www.ipv6forum.com and an all volunteer Task Force. NAv6TF roles include promotion, consultation, a center of technical expertise, white papers, business and marketing support, educational support, and guidance on for the adoption and deployment for IPv6. Additional information can be found at the side bar regarding the Steering Committee, Objectives, Target Industries, and Workgroups.
The NAv6TF supports and drives the IPv6 US Summits in North America, promotes IPv6 with industry and government, provides a technical and business center of expertise for the deployment of IPv6, provides white papers, briefings, guides, and presentations for public consumption, and works with the IT sector to understand the effects of IPv6 transition within the market.
The NAv6TF with others developed the idea for Moonv6 www.moonv6.org during its work to support the U.S. Government Cybersecurity Office and Department of Defense as two entities the NAv6TF has worked with in the IT sector to promote, consult, and define IPv6 technology deployment issues and objectives as a Task Force. The NAv6TF drives the Moonv6 project.
The actual definition of Moonv6 was defined at the previous mentioned NAv6TF meeting with the Cyberspace Security Office and Department of Defense participants during discussions to determine how serious should the U.S. take IPv6 as a mission. The question posed to the participants was should we treat IPv6 as we did going to the Moon in 1969? Later when it was decided to investigate how to deploy a U.S. wide IPv6 Network Pilot at a meeting at the University of New Hampshire in March of 2003, including NAv6TF, University of New Hampshire, and Department of Defense principals, the term Moonv6 was selected to name this Network Pilot. Moonv6 in now an inclusive project with many participants, and world wide.
The NAv6TF is also working with other IPv6 Forum Task Forces around the world to support the adoption and deployment of IPv6, and develops Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) agreements with other geographies and industry forums when it will foster the advancement and deployment of IPv6.