Accession Number:

AD1107534

Title:

The Emerging Impacts of Blockchain Technology on DOD Asset Cyber Security

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2019-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

This research investigates how the application of blockchain technology into the DOD supply chain could affects the cyber security of DOD assets. The explanatory case study framework is used for this research to analyze existing use-cases of blockchain being implemented into the pharmaceutical industry supply chain to deter counterfeit products, then explore what the implications may be for understanding what the introduction of blockchain technology into the DOD supply chain may mean for the cyber security of DOD assets. Areas of success in the pharmaceutical context were analyzed to determine the feasibility of DOD applying similar approaches within its own supply chain to deter counterfeit parts, resulting in the increased cyber security of assets. However, this paper finds that it is not economically feasible to implement current blockchain technology into the DOD supply chain, primarily due to energy efficiency concerns, data privacy issues, and the lack of standardized blockchain interfaces among all participants. Therefore, blockchain technology cannot currently impact cyber security of DOD assets. The paper recommends further development of second generation blockchain technology such as Proof of Stake PoS within the Ethereum or Hyperledger blockchain networks that address energy issues. The research also recommends development of a governance centered blockchain that will allow DOD to act as a regulator, ensuring all actions within the blockchain are monitored and secured. This will address data privacy issues as DOD will determine who can participate, and standardize all interfaces among participants.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE