U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is Looking to Use Blockchain Tech for Cybersecurity Purposes
- The US Military has been experimenting with blockchain tech. for more than a year now.
- Earlier this year, a spokesperson for DARPA revealed that the government body was in the process of exploring blockchain in relation to data storage and privacy.
As per a four-year development roadmap released by The United States Department of Defense (DoD) on July 12, the government agency is actively trying to devise a blockchain-based cybersecurity solution so as to digitize its digital framework completely.
The plan is called “DoD Digital Modernization Strategy: DoD Information Resource Management Strategic Plan FY19–23” and it contains a number of reports and recommendations from key branches of the military such as DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.)
DARPA And Blockchain
As per recent reports, DARPA is apparently making use of decentralized ledgers so as to devise a new “communication and transaction platform” that will allow it to seamlessly send/receive classified information to/from intelligence officers as well as officials working for the Pentagon.
Not only that, according to the above-linked report, the military body is also in the process of creating an “unhackable code” (using the blockchain) that will reportedly allow the US government to gain intel on bad actors who are trying to interfere with its digital databases.
At the beginning of the year (February to be exact), DARPA conducted a two-day blockchain workshop so as to study in detail the potential of permissionless consensus protocols.
As per a spokesperson for the organization, he claimed that the government agency is also exploring the technology in relation to data storage. DARPA has admitted that blockchain’s use is not only confined to crypto since it can also be used for a number of security, data storage, and computational purposes.
In closing out this piece, it bears mentioning that a number of military organizations around the world are currently seeking to deploy blockchain-based operational platforms within their existing digital systems so as to bolster their security protocols.