India’s Defense Minister: Blockchain, AI Revolutionize Warfare

India’s defense minister trusts blockchain technology is the next step in advanced warfare. 

Talking at an 80-country plus envoy roundtable on November 4 before the nation’s DefExpo 2020 meeting this coming February, defense minister Rajnath Singh said blockchain, artificial intelligence, and big data are required for next iteration of combat, The Times of India reported.

As indicated by Singh :

“The role of AI, big data and blockchain technologies has already revolutionized the existing paradigm of warfighting. The defence industry is undergoing a churning to cope and employ these technologies, in order to safeguard the safety and security of critical infrastructure.”

As warfare shifts from air, land, and ocean engagement to the internet and space, Singh stated nations need to build up these advancements.

The test now, he stated, is “not just to prepare for contingencies but also to repel threats from multiple sources, and at the same time possess the ability to respond proactively if needed.”

India has communicated excitement for blockchain in different areas as well. The countries central bank showed as far back as 2017 that it was investigating the advancement of a digital rupee. Later it was said to have established a dedicated blockchain unit, a rumor it repudiated at the time.

Different countries are looking at blockchain as a device to help defense frameworks, including the U.S. Department of Defense, which stated this July it hoping to build a blockchain-based cybersecurity shield.