A major in the Pentagon has asked the Department of Defense to use Bitcoin as an “offset” tactic. Underscoring the fact that “integration of this technology could revolutionize national defence strategies in cyberspace,” he went on to say: ”

Addressing this could be vital for the U.S. to maintain its position as a global superpower and leader among nations.”

‘BTC Represents a Pentagon Shift in Cybersecurity, Not Just a Financial Innovation.’

On December 2, Major Jason Lowery submitted an open letter to the Defense Innovation Board about “the national strategic importance of Bitcoin,” as he expressed on LinkedIn. Lowery is an astronautical engineer in the United States Space Force, the country’s newest branch of the armed forces.

The Defense Innovation Board makes impartial recommendations to Department of Defense (DOD) leaders on emerging technologies and innovative techniques that the DOD should pursue to maintain US technical and military dominance.

 

Lowery wrote in a letter to the editor. “I contend that reusable proof-of-work [PoW] networks like Bitcoin represent an offset strategy for the 21st century.”

He said it’s an error to think that Bitcoin’s application is “limited to protecting financial information rather than practically all forms of data, messages, or command signals,” adding,

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Bitcoin is not just a financial innovation but also a paradigm shift in cybersecurity, perfectly fitting with the concept of a strategic offset.

Lowery stated that “proof-of-work technologies, as exemplified by Bitcoin, have the potential to significantly reshape our understanding of warfare in the cyber domain.”

At the end of his speech, Lowery said, “I strongly recommend that the Defense Innovation Board advise the Office of the Secretary of Defense to prioritize the investigation of the national strategic importance of proof-of-work protocols like Bitcoin.

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