Posted 2 years ago | by Ben Armstrong
US Air Force Steps Up Blockchain Use
Smart contract startup Simba Chain and blockchain data management firm Constellation recently announced that they had been awarded contracts with the United States Air Force.
Simba Chain reportedly has been 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 this particular military branch.
The U.S. Airforce is Working With Blockchain
These developments indicate that the U.S. Air Force is investigating new technology to reinforce their supply chains and rearrage data.
However, the Air Force is not the only government entity considering blockchain technologies. Any military branch involved in data processing vast backlogs of contracts and expediting diverse supply chains demands vital security precautions. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Defense also has been researching blockchain.
The DoD announced a four-year plan, in which the prospect of a “Block Chain Cybersecurity Shield” was proposed. However, this plan did not mention the extent of supply chain applications, even though cybersecurity was emphasised.
Part of a Bigger Blockchain Push
In March 2019, the White House 2020 budget included a request for $9.6 billion to fund DoD cybersecurity initiatives. A 2017 report on blockchain tech insisted on the need to preserve the “National Security Industrial Base,” illustrating the emergence of national security challenges.
The most famous incident of 2019 is the National Defense Authorization Act and its ban on Huawei’s electronics. This is a startling example of the need for certainty of a supply chain, since the case invoked the threat of a foreign power planting hardware to hack U.S. defense agencies.
Although cybersecurity is essential, some of the military’s supply chain needs are simply cost. In June 2019, Booz Allen Hamilton reviewed prospects for incorporating blockchain into federal agencies.
Among Booz Allen’s recommendations for the DoD was the distribution of 3D printers to deployed units and the placement of plans for the 3D hardware and parts onto the blockchain. This action would save the expense of manufacturing those parts in the U.S. and then shipping them abroad.
It is conceivable that blockchain in the military, namely in the form of Simba’s recently launched smart “contract-as-a-service” platform, may have the greatest results in the least exciting environment — the office rather than the battlefield.