Amazon, IBM, other tech giants urge US military to embrace blockchain

American think tank Value Technology Foundation today released a report created to educate the United States Department of Defense (DoD) about the myriad benefits of blockchain technology in its cybersecurity efforts. What’s most surprising about the report is not the target, but its many high-profile co-authors.

Among the many credited contributors to the report are companies including IBM, Amazon Web Services, Accenture, Deloitte, and CGI Federal, along with blockchain firms ConsenSys, SIMBA Chain, and Colvin Run Networks. (ConsenSys, in case you didn’t know, funds an editorially independent Decrypt.)

The report, simply titled “Potential Uses of Blockchain By The U.S. Department of Defense,” runs through an array of ways that distributed ledger technology could benefit future cybersecurity efforts. It highlights the potential benefits of blockchain technology and current uses elsewhere, and then proposes specific use cases of interest to the DoD.

For example, the report highlights the benefits of multi-factor authentication, how smart contracts could aid with secure communications for the US Space Force, and how blockchain-authenticated fighter jet parts could be 3D-printed on US Navy carriers to cut down on costs and repair times.

Value Technology founder Jason Brett, a former US regulator at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and former policy ambassador for ConsenSys, told Decrypt about the impact of having so many large companies involved in the publication of the report.

“It was truly incredible to see companies that are normally competitors all work seamlessly with the notion of how to better improve the Armed Forces and keeping them on the front lines of cutting-edge technological development,” said Brett.

US congressman Darren Soto, a Democratic representative from Florida, provided the foreword to the report. In it, he points out the strides that China and Russia have made thus far with blockchain technology and the need for…

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