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VII. RESPONSIVENESS OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS PROCESS TO CHANGE The international standards process has proven its ability to respond quickly to new requirements and protocol problems uncovered during stan- dardization. The United States, through organizations such as the NBS, the ANST, and IEEE has a leadership role in this process. The committee concludes that the process can be responsive to DOD's needs. The DOD will benefit from active participation in the international protocol standardization efforts. This will ensure that the DOD's eYol- ving computer communications needs will be met in future commercial pro- ducts. Also the DOD will have access to a broad spectrum of protocol experts and have access to those developing future commercial products. These benefits will far outweigh the costs of participation. There will probably be very few high-priority instances where DOD will require immediate changes to its operational commercial software. These may relate to security or survivability. In order to accommodate these changes i n the short run, the DOD wi ~ ~ need agreements wi th i tS commerc i al suppl i ers for qu ick f i xes to be made wh i ~ e the standard i s being changed. -43-

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