Indian defense minister Rajnath Singh believes that blockchain will play a significant role in modern warfare. In an address to envoys of more than 80 countries before the country’s DefExpo 2020 conference next February, Singh said that Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data will be required for the next generation of warfare.
Rajnath Singh said:
“The role of AI, big data and blockchain technologies has already revolutionized the existing paradigm of warfighting. The defence industry is undergoing a churning to cope and employ these technologies, in order to safeguard the safety and security of critical infrastructure.“
Considering the shift in the pattern of warfare techniques from land, sea and air to cyberspace and outer space, digital means of combat could potentially play a huge role. The defense minister emphasized the dual goal of preparing for contingencies and the threat from various sources, and at the same time have the ability to respond proactively if necessary.
As reported earlier, the concept of using blockchain in the defense sector is not the first, with the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) examining the scope of blockchain in the defense strategy. Last year, the US overseas military personnel announced a voting system via a blockchain mobile app so that servicemen could vote in midterm elections. 144 military personnel stationed overseas from 24 counties cast their ballots on a mobile, blockchain-based platform called Voatz.
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DAPA says the platform will be used by different government agencies to share information regarding military acquisition projects in a more secure way, while eliminating the potential for data forgery or unauthorized data interception. The blockchain platform is also touted by DAPA to reduce the paperwork required in new acquisition projects and unify the existing documentation.
Several examples of the government agencies that will be using the platform are cited in the announcement’s accompanying press release; these agencies include the Agency for Defense Development and the Defense Agency for Technology and Quality.
In January this year, DAPA began a pilot program to research potential applications for blockchain in the country’s defense industry. Each successful project will reportedly to receive USD 530,000 (the equivalent of KRW 600 million) from the state. The official notice encourages all defense companies to seek funding via the Korea Internet & Security Agency to participate in the pilot (KISA), regardless of the size of the company.