Seoul Examines Military Implications of Blockchain

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The South Korean government has announced it is to launch a pilot which will examine the possibility of integrating blockchain solutions into the country’s defense industry.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is planning a USD 530,000 spend for each of the proposed projects aimed at encouraging both small and large defense companies to tender plans.

British news outlet Jane’s Information Group, a British publishing company specializing in military, aerospace and transportation topics, has commented that the project proposals are in line with South Korea’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) plans. This includes the Defense Industry Development Plan which has targeted emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems and big data analytics.

South Korea’s latest move follows those by other nations, notably the US and Russia, to develop their defense strategies by including blockchain solutions in a number of areas, primarily in communications.

Recently the US agency responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), sent out a request for information (RFI) on aspects of permissionless distributed consensus protocols.

DARPA is clearly keen to utilize blockchain in a defense strategy; this renewed interest in blockchain technology marks a return to new communications tech, as two years ago DARPA was reported as working on a blockchain based communications platform resilient to cyber-attacks, with self-destruct messaging.

Earlier this year, the US overseas military personnel announced a voting system via a blockchain mobile app so that servicemen could vote in midterm elections. In total, 144 military personnel stationed overseas from 24 counties cast their ballots on a mobile, blockchain-based platform called Voatz.


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