The US Dept. of Defense (DoD), in a recent press release statement on Friday, December 21, 2018, mentioned its notion to leverage the blockchain technology into disaster relief operations.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) hosted a presentation event at the Troop Support’s Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) office in Philadelphia, on Dec. 3rd – 4th, where the CPI officials reviewed how blockchain could be brought into use to help emergency responses. By the direction of the Commander, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Simerly, Hurricane Maria and recovery operations in Puerto Rico were used as a case study, during this presentation event.
The DLA Troop Support supplied 88.1 million meals; 41,000 power poles; and 1,264 generators in association with the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the hurricanes in 2017. Although, the DLA responded to 3 major hurricanes successfully, but still could the blockchain, further enhance their efforts, was the prime discussion on the event.
The technological improvements by targeting the core aspects of the current system especially logistics, that take in input from multiple resources in the field, and depend on multiple centralized entities. Data sharing and communication in such scenarios always has a scope for improvement and thus is always welcoming for innovative and reliable approaches, to help with better logistics in remote areas. Also under review are transactions and in-transit visibility of shipments.