Feb 1.0 - Blockchain (FEB 3)


Focussed on leveraging blockchain to deliver battlefield advantage; this covers creating a digital thread across supply chains and assets, validation of defence suppliers, and the securing of supply chains and assets themselves.

Creating a digital thread across defence supply and logistics allows assets to be monitored throughout their life cycle. This can also be used by military customers to ensure they have received the correct part from a supplier without risk of tampering.

Validation of suppliers. As an example, the certification of cyber security compliance can be managed in a way that places a lower administrative burden on Tier 1 supplier (vouching for their supply chains) and on governments and procurement agencies (conducting audits).

Finally, securing supply chains and defence assets themselves using blockchain can prevent adversaries gaining control of the intellectual property that soldiers rely on. Once compromised advantage provided by those assets can be countered and utilised by the adversary. Blockchain can help prevent that.

Discussion will cover:

  • Blockchain for defence supply chain visibilityand through-life asset transparency
  • Current projects, and potential for enhancing or re-platforming legacy systems with blockchain
  • How to start small and scale the technology
  • Understanding and overcoming anxiety around adoption

Kurt Fields

Director, Emerging Technology Advisory


Chad Gray

Cybersecurity and Privacy Principal


Miguel Smart

Strategy&, part of the PwC network (formerly Booz & Company)


Jean-Paul Buu-Sao

Lately Senior Architect at Exostar


James (Rusty) Rentsch

Vice President, Technical Operations and Standards
Aerospace Industry Association