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U.S. military looking to blockchain for secure, unhackable communications


The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is examining blockchain technology for use in creating secure communication lines that are unhackable.

The research into the possible benefits of harnessing blockchain is being conducted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – the research arm of the DoD.

Keeping ahead of the digital curve

The DoD recently released a publication titled DoD Digital Modernization Strategy that examines ways for the United States to work on “advancing our digital environment to afford the Joint Force a competitive advantage in the modern battlespace.”

One of the technologies discussed in the publication is blockchain, which DARPA says could be used to create a “more efficient, robust, and secure platform” to allow the transmission of secure messages.

DARPA is exploring multiple applications of this blockchain-based communication platform, such as communication between the Pentagon and intelligence officers as well as between units in the field and headquarters.

The U.S. Department of Defense is enthusiastic about this innovative technology as it is trustless and is transparently secure.

The fact that blockchain reduces the probability of data being compromised while also forcing enemy agents to expend significantly greater resources in trying to affect such compromise is another reason why the Department of Defense is exploring the technology further.

DARPA is also looking to use blockchain to develop an unhackable code because “the technology offers intelligence on hackers who try to break into secure databases.”

The U.S. Department of Defense is looking at a wide variety of technologies to keep the country on the technological forefront, such as AI, the Internet of Things, quantum computing, hyper-converged networking, and big data analytics.

Gaining traction

While a lot of industries have downplayed the impact of cryptocurrencies, they were quite enthusiastic about the possibilities offered by blockchain technology.

One of the more recent uses of blockchain includes the launch of the “know-your-vehicle” platform from, one of the world’s largest auto sales websites, that will trace the history of a used car.

The Opportunities Party, a political party in New Zealand, is using the innovative technology to allow 4,500 members to elect party leaders.

Blockchain technology is also being used to facilitate political elections in the United States, such as West Virginia using it to allow military personnel to vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election and the city of Denver, Colorado using it for military members to vote in the last municipal election.

Australian beef producers are using blockchain to fight the prevalence of fake beef being sold in China, a problem that costs the industry AUS$2 billion in lost sales every year.

Blockchain jobs are hot in the marketplace right now, as can be seen by the number of job openings increasing by 300% in the United States with an average salary for experienced experts hitting 61% higher than the median salary.

Jeff Francis

Jeff has taken a roundabout way to becoming a cryptocurrency writer. He has always had a huge interest in history, which led to him receiving a degree in medieval history. He once thought of becoming a teacher but eventually joined some friends in opening a hobby shop. Jeff eventually took over sole proprietorship of the business and ran it for over 10 years. He then moved on to online selling and then into gaming journalism. He has spent the last 10 years writing professionally for various websites as well as creating content for many businesses. A few years back, he began hearing about Bitcoin and the rise of other cryptocurrencies. A proponent of allowing people to take economic power into their own hands, Jeff has enthusiastically supported cryptocurrencies, not to mention the many benefits of blockchain technology. This interest propelled him to becoming a writer for, and later editor of, several cryptocurrency-focused websites. Jeff is a lifelong geek and gamer. He tries to keep up with the slew of TV shows and movies that fall into the fantasy/sci-fi/superhero genres, and he still plays pen-and-paper role-playing games on the weekends. He lives in Florida, USA, as he cannot stand cold weather.

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