The United States Department of Defense (DoD) examines blockchain solutions for cybersecurity as part of its digital modernization strategy. As announced by the firm in its four-year roadmap, released on July 12.
Entitled as “DoD Digital Modernization Strategy: DoD Information Resource Management Strategic Plan FY19–23,” the article covers DOD plans for blockchain tech. As per the report, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DoD’s research branch has been involved in at least two exploratory blockchain projects focused on cybersecurity.
For one, DARPA is experimenting with blockchain so as to construct a new or improved platform for communication and transaction. The platform aimes at building a platform to communicate between units and headquarters as well as between intelligence officers and the Pentagon.
Another one of DARPA project is an attempt at creating an “unhackable code” with blockchain technology. It employs blockchain’s ability to gather intel on bad actors attempting to hack into databases.
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DARPA previously announced is planning to host a two-day blockchain workshop in February. Particularly keen on examining permissionless consensus protocols, DARPA noted that there were potentially valuable use cases for blockchain in data storage, saying:
“Technologies for distributed consensus protocols have been revolutionized by their prominent role in cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. These technologies have dramatic implications for the security and resilience of critical data storage and computation tasks, including for the Department of Defense.”
DoD officials explored blockchain technology in December 2018, so as to help emergencies responses in disaster situations in a presentation hosted by the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support’s Continuous Process Improvement.
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