The Defense Department has begun to consider using the blockchain technology as a method to protect U.S. military platforms, communications and procurements from potential cyber attacks, The Washington Times reported Thursday.
Blockchain works to support digital transactions that involve the online currency bitcoin.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has released a request for proposals on a program that seeks to develop a blockchain-based messaging service for deployed U.S. troops.
If “significant portions of the [Defense Department] back-office infrastructure can be decentralized, smart documents and contracts can be instantly and securely sent and received, thereby reducing exposure to hackers and reducing needless delays in DoD back-office correspondence,” DARPA wrote.
The report also noted that DARPA also has begun development work on a blockchain-based code that cannot be breached by potential hackers.