China’s National Defense could be exposed to blockchain technology through the BEHM test application built on aelf blockchain showcased by Team Haizhitian last week. This has come at an opportune time as the National Defense have shown clear innovative ambition and development with the release of a new whitepaper titled ‘China’s National Defense in a New Era.’
China’s National Defense Releases New Whitepaper
On July 24th, 2019, The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China released an official whitepaper, ‘China’s National Defense in the New Era’. The whitepaper is broken down into six sections:
- International Security Situation
- China’s Defensive National Defense Policy in the New Era
- Fulfilling the Missions and Tasks of China’s Armed Forces in the New Era
- Reform in China’s National Defense and Armed Forces
- Reasonable and Appropriate Defense Expenditure
- Actively Contributing to Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind
A number of diagrams and tables on topics such as the breakdown of China’s defense expenditure and international cooperation activities were added as appendices, adding to the complexity and detail.
Liberation Army Daily Suggests Blockchain
Earlier this week, the “Liberation Army Daily” issued a publication, explaining that in order to further strengthen the information grid network, its anti-destructive capacity should be highlighted, and a decentralized blockchain database architecture should be used to design network security protection. The “decentralization” capability ensures that should any node be adversely affected or even destroyed, the overall network operation will remain unaffected.
As a distributed, public, and transparent trusted ledger, a blockchain permanently records changes to the network or database, and there are many potential applications in the defense and military field. Blockchain technology is being used in research with military human resource management, weapon and equipment life tracking, and military material procurement in a more efficient and secure manner. It is believed that blockchain technology can help drive the military into the next era of technological development and aid in more efficient, secure and timely data management improvements.
Test Blockchain App Paves the way
Recently, the third China Blockchain Application Competition hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China and the China Blockchain Technology Industry Development Forum was held in Hangzhou. Team Haizhitian from China Shipbuilding Systems Engineering Research Institute developed their project “BEHM: An Open Equipment Collaboration Support Platform for Resource Convergence” based on the aelf Enterprise 0.7.0 beta platform and won the third prize.
Optimize Data Collaboration Strategy
BEHM implements different management and control aspects of sensitive data with a ‘shared ledger’ strategy, guaranteeing the release and circulation of specific data through distributed transactions, while ensuring data protection protocols are constantly adhered to. BEHM also designs data collaboration strategies to achieve other organisational needs such as material management, distribute and request management, and health status aggregation.
Optimize Weaponry Management
Based on the research on equipment health status management, BEHM solved the cumbersome process of equipment health management, lack of independence in the implementation of spare parts guarantee process, low management grid cohesion and high coupling degree problems. BEHM has characteristics such as “shared ledgers” and “cross-domain consensus”, providing a better solution for weapon and equipment management plans.
Military Logistics Intelligentization
BEHM can form a decentralized peer-to-peer network by connecting people and objects in the system through autonomous networking. Nodes in the network can communicate directly or indirectly to facilitate free-flowing communication. The data information in the logistics chain is stored in each block, which are supervised by the whole network. Should a node be found to have performed an illegal operation, it will be rejected by all other nodes, ensuring efficient system operations continue.
Open a New Door
The award-winning BEHM (an open equipment cooperation guarantee platform for resource integration) marks another step towards integration of blockchain technology and national defense development, and further advances reformation in the national defense science and technology industry.
As pointed out in the whitepaper, ‘China’s National Defense in the New Era’, “the world today is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century. As economic globalization, the information society, and cultural diversification develop in an increasingly multi-polar world, peace, development and win-win cooperation remain the irreversible trends of the times. Nonetheless, there are prominent destabilizing factors and uncertainties in international security. The world is not yet a tranquil place.”
With continuous development of digital technology, the competition between major powers will inevitably develop heavily in the digital field. Traditional trust-based network defense strategies have been unable to solve the challenges brought by the current growing network threats, and as such using blockchain architecture to design network security protection is imperative.
It is exciting to see a closer relationship between blockchain technology and use cases within national defense and government fields. This collaboration is something many projects seek to encourage working within the regulations and structure set by policy makers. Often it only takes one strong use case to open the door for future collaboration, research and eventually, adoption. BEHM may have ignited the fire at the perfect opportunity.
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