US Navy to Integrate Blockchain to Manufacturing

Announcements, Blockchain, Innovation, News | June 27, 2017 By:

The Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC), the innovation arm of the United States Navy, will be exploring blockchain potential to bring added security to its manufacturing systems.

NIAC plans to add blockchain technology to their Additive Manufacturing (AM), commonly known as “3-D printing,” in order to help securely transfer data through the manufacturing process.

Cryptologic Warfare Officer & Lieutenant Jonathan McCarter, a member of the FY17 SECNAV NIAC, said blockchain could revolutionize Naval Additive Manufacturing, finance, and logistics writ large, among other sectors.

“When looking for a test bed for this technology, it quickly became clear that Naval Additive Manufacturing was a perfect match,” said McCarter. “The ability to secure and securely share data throughout the manufacturing process (from design, prototyping, testing, production, and ultimately disposal) is critical to Additive Manufacturing and will form the foundation for future advanced manufacturing initiatives.”

NIAC will spearhead the testing of the blockchain technology integration into their system. The council will be doing pilot tests and experiments on proof of concepts, data sharing, and securing digital designs throughout the Navy’s network of information. NIAC also plan on creating a data sharing layer among the 3D printing sites using blockchain.

“This summer the [Naval Innovation Advisory Council] will conduct a series of experiments (including a proof of concept) using blockchain technology to both securely share data between Additive Manufacturing sites, as well as help secure the digital thread of design and production,” said McCarter.