US military may incorporate blockchain in 2020

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is expected to submit a report to Congress sometime this year, which demonstrates the way the US military can incorporate blockchain into their work.

Blockchain is finding its purpose in many different industries, including the old school ones such as military operations. Last year, two Asian countries vouched for blockchain’s potential in transforming their defense sectors.

In November, China found a unique way to motivate and reward its military personnel by using blockchain to assess their performances. Whereas, South Korea took to blockchain in April to safeguard confidential military documents and prevent them from getting stolen or manipulated.

US military to consider ways to incorporate blockchain

At CES 2020, conducted earlier this month in Las Vegas, the Washington DC-headquartered Value Technology Association (VTA), in putting together a presentation that prompted the DoD consider the benefits of blockchain and ways in which it can strengthen the US military operations, Jason Brett, VTA President, confirmed it in an interview with Coindesk recently.

What VTA did was put together a hearing that demonstrated the benefits of applying blockchain in the defense sector, Brett confirmed. We know blockchain has the potential to be the “next big technology,” such as the internet, so, our aim is to prompt DoD to consider investing in it and, ultimately, incorporating it thoughtfully, he said.

Brett furthered that the report, which is going to be submitted to Congress for review and decision later this year, will involve some straightforward yet highly effective use cases of blockchain in the private sector and ways in which they can similarly help the US military.  

The conference report on the blockchain is derived from the language specified in Section 255 of Senate Bill 1790, passed on 20th December 2019. It was carefully formulated by closely liaising with the office of Rep. Darren Soto.

Risks are plenty but rewards are much more

Commenting on the organization’s remarkable efforts in putting blockchain on the map as a potentially disruptive technology for the defense sector, knowing that the efforts may be in vain if the proposal is rejected, Brett said that it’s a risk worth taking. We know that there is always a probability of dismissal.

However, we are going to work with eight different companies to conduct extensive research on the topic, address every possible issue that we can think of and draft a final whitepaper, and that’s the best we can do, Brett affirmed.

When asked about the contents of the whitepaper, Brett mentioned that it is going to include the ways blockchain can help. Take, for instance, the US military is seeking ways to use additive printers to circulate parts instead of getting them shipped. Blockchain can ensure top-level security and transparency in the distribution process, Brett concluded.

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