The blockchain technology is slated to help the United States of America in a critical area of its everyday affairs: national security. The approach is versatile and powerful enough to make a sizable contribution in that field, solidifying its place as one of the decade’s most important breakthroughs.

As it turns out, the United States DoD (Department of Defense) is looking to develop blockchain-based solutions to enhance its online security, in its constant quest to perfect a strategy to achieve digital modernization.

Private companies in the country have successfully experimented with the distributed ledger, and now it is time for government-related institutions to enjoy its benefits, as well.

A Four Year Roadmap

The information was published by the DoD itself, in the form of a four-year roadmap to apply the blockchain technology. The document is called “DoD Digital Modernization Strategy: DoD Information Resource Management Strategic Plan FY19–23,” and explains the project at length.

Making considerable strides in cybersecurity has become a priority not only for the United States, but also for numerous countries around the world that have understood that all battlefields have migrated to the digital platform. That is where most of the potential threats that may affect a country are now lurking around.

The report also states that the DARPA, which is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (known as the research arm of the Department of Defense) is now investigating the possibility of applying at least two exploratory blockchain projects that focus on digital security.

The Two Projects Being Considered

The first one has to do with the construction, or improvement, of the communication and transaction platform through the use of blockchain technology. The plan for this specific item includes optimizing the communications between units and headquarters, while doing the same between intelligence agents and the Pentagon.

The second blockchain project that the DARPA is said to be working on involves an attempt to come up with an “unhackable” code with the technology, thanks to the model’s ability to collect intel on people that may represent a cybersecurity threat by possible hacking into databases.

DARPA has been considering the idea of hosting a two-day blockchain workshop from the month of February. The branch, allegedly, was focused on going through permissionless consensus protocols.

Enormous Potential for Data Storage

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency emphasized that the data storage field was one in which the blockchain technology had enormous potential. “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.”

People in the Department of Defense have been examining the potential impact of the blockchain technology for quite some time now. Last December, DoD officials assessed how the model could help the department respond in a better way in emergencies and situations of disasters.

By Andres Chavez


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