The US Defense Defense Agency (DLA), part of the Department of Defense (DoD), is beginning to evaluate how the blockchain could facilitate assistance in disaster-stricken areas.
The Continuous Improvement (CPI) office of support for DLA troops hosted discussions on how the blockchain could affect relief efforts. The responses to recent disasters like Hurricane Mary were examined, with the army brigade. Gen. Mark Simerly in a presentation on how blockchain could benefit from the operations.
He said the research that is being collected on the agency's responses to hurricanes and the like will make the use cases that the DLA can use to justify the use of technology in future efforts.
CPI management analyst Elijah Londo said in a press release that "The potential [of blockchain] It is absolutely enormous. Speaking of blockchain, you will hear experts who compare it to transform trust or transactions in the same way that the Internet has changed communication. "
He said, however, that the technology was still under study, which means that the implementation of a blockchain-based database for inter-agency coordination could take some time.
"[We’re] getting the best we can on what it is, what the industry is saying about it, how it could be the future, how it applies to supply chains and how other industries are using it. We are doing our due diligence, "he said.
Londo also expressed willingness to work with the private sector. "There's really no shortage of players out there … At the very least, it's a sharing of sharing and knowledge, and at its best, it's a real partnership and pilot opportunity."
A possible blockchain scenario was presented by Deputy Director of Construction and Equipment Marko Graham, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Army Corps of Engineers, DLA troops support and industrial partners would be peer users of a database operated by blockchain, where each transaction is tracked and made known to each agency in real time. This is in contrast to the centrally managed systems of each agency that require reconciliation or synchronization with each other at a later time, creating auditing difficulties.
The Department of Homeland Security also expressed interest in the blockchain, seeking the help of experts to better monitor payment transfers for illegal activities.