US Defense Department to Employ Blockchain for Communications and Monitoring

Department of Defense Wants Blockchain

The research arm of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) revealed on Monday that it is currently exploring blockchain technology for some security measures. The research is aimed at creating a more efficient and secure network for the U.S. military.

In a document titled “DoD Digital Modernization Strategy,” the Defense department exalted blockchain technology, suggesting it has a ton of potential locked into it and that it could be the next big development in the military security measures.

According to the research arm of the DoD, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), blockchain technology can help military personnel anywhere in the world to communicate safely through secure messaging. The military can also employ blockchain technology in tracking transactions through several channels of a decentralized ledger. Even more, the technology can be used to set traps for criminals who intend to break into secure databases. Blockchain technology may actually be the answer to the ongoing search for an unhackable code.

It, therefore, certainly appears that the Defense Department is planning on leveraging the high level of transparency and security of lockchain technology to further boost security measures.

The document describes blockchain technology as trustworthy, since it is trustless of everyone, and transparently secure.

The document reads:

“First, Blockchain networks are trustless: they assume compromise of the network by both insiders and outsiders. Second, Blockchains are transparently secure: they do not rely on failure-prone secrets, but rather on a cryptographic data structure that makes tampering both exceptionally difficult and immediately obvious.”

US Defense Department’s Prior Experience with Blockchain

This is not the first time the U.S. DoD attempted to employ the blockchain space though. You would recall that last year they organized a blockchain workshop and advocated that blockchain should be used in disaster relief fundraising. This was important to keep the authorities concerned in check as they are of the habit of misappropriating the proceeds of fundraising.

Well, the Department’s argument has not held much water since then. However, they are making the headlines again after suggesting that blockchain technology could be applied to solve to some security problems. Sure, they are doing just fine already but it wouldn’t be out of place to have a more “more efficient, robust and secure” network.

Earlier in the month, DARPA took the bold steps and filed a document to explore new innovations such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain technology and quantum computing technology.

This is such an interesting development and we have our fingers crossed, watching carefully how everything turns out. Stay glued!

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