The US Department of Defense (DoD) has convened a two-day seminar to investigate the role of Blockchain technology in its US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The DLA is an organization that is responsible for managing the supply chain of some federal agencies, the military, and even some foreign US allies in NATO and beyond. The military includes the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, and Air Force units that hold the key to the US Military supremacy.
The exploration of Blockchain is aiming to ascertain the impact of Distributed Ledger Technology in upgrading the functionality of this high-security agency so as to coordinate various efforts.
The US Military Has Already Used Blockchain Technology In Humanitarian Efforts
The two-day meeting delved on the collating the results of a real-life scenario where the US Military used Blockchain in coordinating relief efforts. This came following the Hurricane Maria Devastation that brought the US overseas region of Puerto Rico to its knees in the fall of 2017 and widespread sentiments on the impact of environmental changes.
In this case study, the US Military, according to an official statement, used Blockchain platform to manage the provision of 1,264 generators to restore the destroyed electricity supply to homes, 88.1 million meals to households without means to get food, and 41,000 power poles for the restoration of power lines. This project was deemed a success by the Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) group that was in helping Puerto Ricans.
Although some reports from the Liberal Media later released a statement blaming the US President Donald Trump for abandoning the Island in its hour of need leading to 3,000+ deaths, the disaster response unit of the military and President Trump are convinced that the relief efforts bore “tremendous success” that all Americans should be proud of.
Submissions On Blockchain Hint At Possible Adoption
In the Hurricane Maria case study, the DLA drew notes the massive potential of Blockchain technology adoption in the supply chain processes. These functions include the provision of trustless peer-to-peer validation on on-platform processes such as delivery tracking and ordering, and securing sensitive transactions from espionage by enemy powers such as Iran, Russia, and China. In this regard, DLT would remarkably improve auditability of DLA transactions as well as transparency and reliability.
The Present Network Is Inefficient
Blockchain technology exploration is being undertaken before the replacement of the old system that is centralized. It has inefficiencies such as data visibility and workarounds imperfections. According to Marko Graham, the construction and equipment deputy director of DLA, the old system uses internal spreadsheets in tracking the supply of items and this is a major challenge that has to be dealt with in one way or another.
Therefore, from the huge success of DLT applications, one CPI analyst, Elijah Londo, is convinced that Blockchain would revolutionize sharing and transform the DLA supply chain operations.
This Is The New Normal
The UAE is planning to shift at least half of its operations to DLT by 2021. Further, the US Transport Command, MAERSK, and the DLA are in talks about Blockchain benefits. All these points out to the fact that DLT will become the new normal and the DLA is reorganizing itself to be on the right side of technology.