Blockchain often exists at the same time as security and supply chains. This week, the Pentagon’s competition winner put both sides in a new light.
To keep pace with the increasingly advanced fight against modern warfare, the Department of Defense continues to explore ways to modernize the manufacturing process and supply chain for weapons and infrastructure used by the US Air Force and the US Navy.
The Advanced Production Olympiad, held this year from 20 to 23 October, aims to engage traditional DoD entrepreneurs, technology developers and researchers to mobilize new technology such as 3D printing to produce and deliver critical parts of military use of the supply chain.
The SIMBA series, a smart contract-as-a-service platform developed by the University of Notre Dame and ITAMCO, won first place and a $ 100,000 prize for participating in a technical challenge posed during the US Department of Defense Olympics.
To solve this problem, the Ministry of Defense developed a war game scenario in which a fictitious island was besieged. The participants were given the task of publishing additive production (3D printing of metals, plastics and composite parts to order) and creating a secure communication and connection network for advanced military units and advanced medical personnel. Joel Nadej, CEO of Simba Chain, explained:
“We had […] six days to put in place a complete solution to the war games, to get the critical parts in front and keep field hospitals and infrastructure in operation, such as runways. The crucial feature of our approach was the way we tackled both the militants’ physical challenges and threats. Electronics are playing an increasingly important role in modern warfare. ”
SIMBA surpassed other participants such as Boeing in third and Stratasys in second place by using blockchain to provide a secure network that has established flexible online communication between AM laboratories throughout the supply chain.
The MOD Olympics are definitely not a free war game that ends with a fictional island. The Air Force wants to make successful solutions a commercial reality, and the SIMBA chain is already working with many departments in the US Department of Defense, including the Air Force and Navy. The company says it “has high hopes that the blockchain, especially the Simba Series, will soon become an integral part of the US strategic weapon.”