Posted 5 months ago | by @devadmin
Blockchain firm Constellation has announced a partnership with the U.S. Air Force to help automate the military branch’s big data management. According to a statement from Constellation, utilizing drones, planes, and satellites data present unique use-cases for DLT.
Constellation will be tasked with connecting various databases for the U.S. Air Force to improve interoperability and security of the branch’s Multi-Domain Command and Control. The firm will also provide the military force with audit trails and real-time summaries of data sources to maintain the utmost security.
“Currently, the data lifecycle is very broken with data storage being siloed while data creation, management, and hygiene is a semi-manual process,” Constellations Mathias Goldman told CoinDesk. “The USAF is looking to automate much of their big data initiatives in a secure manner.”
Constellation is being contracted to build systems, for storage, and management for future decision-making. The platform allows its users to manage their data flows with secure encryption, according to the statement.
Constellation stated the partnership had commenced six months ago with the U.S. Air Force asking if the firm was interested in participating in its program.
The type of metadata Constellation will work with on its platform is yet to be decided and announced at the time of this report.
Smart contract startup Simba Chain and blockchain data management firm Constellation previously announced that they had been awarded contracts with the United States Air Force.
Simba Chain reportedly was hired to create a prototype blockchain approach for the registration and the tracking of the life span of 3D printing components. Originally established in 2017 with a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Simba initially focused on creating unhackable communication platforms.
Constellation “will help securely unlock traditionally siloed and non-accessible data and data sources” to facilitate the various fleets associated with the military branch.
Biden’s administration is continuing where the Trump admin left off when it comes to implementing DLT technology throughout the armed forces.
Last year, DLT was signaled out and said to be one of twenty areas on the National Security Council’s (NSC) “critical and emerging technologies” shortlist.” The NSC’s strategy called for investing in, developing, adopting, and promoting the priority technologies. The NSC also recommended investing and promoting: AI, data science, quantum computing and “space technologies,” weapons of mass destruction mitigation technologies, and a host of other technologies to stay ahead of both Russia and China, as Bitboy Crypto reported.
Several agencies within the U.S. government are already investing in blockchain infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security for example through its Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate, recently awarded $817,712 in total to five blockchain startups that seek to change anti-forgery and counterfeit prevention operations. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency also announced as far back as 2016 that it would begin investing in building blockchain systems for its own military uses.
DARPA is not the only military organization that seeks to use blockchain technology with its initiative going back as far as 2016. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an intergovernmental military alliance between 28 countries also intends to apply blockchain-based solutions to its armed forces, Bitcoin Magazine reported.
In April 2018, NATO announced that it was a year of innovative solutions that “aimed at accelerating transformational, modern technology solutions to meet NATO C4ISR and cyber requirements,” they are looking for startups that can help develop military applications based on the blockchain.
One year later in 2019, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory hosted a symposium on Blockchain for Distributed System Security at its laboratory’s headquarters in Adelphi, Maryland.
The U.S. military is also examining DLT for combat operations, as the technology can do a lot more than revolutionizing industries and enable cryptocurrency peer to peer payments. ConsenSys previously published a blog post entitled: “Why Military Blockchain is Critical in the Age of Cyber Warfare” discussing four different ways that DLT could be used for military use.
Those four uses cases are:
- Defending critical weapons systems
- Managing automated, swarm systems
- Validating orders and battlefield information
- Managing logistics and supply chains
The group stated that they believe DLT can be used to manage U.S. defense weapon systems through decentralized data and automated smart contracts.
:We believe that blockchain can play a key role in remedying these weaknesses. Specifically, through its able to provide secure, decentralized data environment and automated smart contracts, blockchain could provide a new paradigm for management of U.S. defense weapons systems.”
So it’s no surprise that the U.S. Air Force is also eyeing embracing blockchain technology for military use as well.
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