The Indian Defense Minister believes that blockchain technology is the next step in the contemporary war.

At a roundtable gathering more than 80 countries on Monday before the country's DefExpo 2020 conference, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said blockchain, artificial intelligence and big data were needed for the next battle, according to the Times of India.

According to Singh:

"The role of AI, Big Data and blockchain technologies has already revolutionized the existing paradigm of war. The defense industry is turning to use and use these technologies to ensure the security of critical infrastructure. "

As war moved from air, land and sea to cyberspace and space, Singh said countries need to develop these technologies.

The challenge now, he said, is "not only to prepare for the unexpected, but also to repel threats from multiple sources and, at the same time, to have the ability to respond proactively when needed." ".

India has also expressed enthusiasm for the blockchain in other areas. In 2017, the country's central bank had indicated that it was considering developing a digital rupee. Later, it would have been developed a unit dedicated to the blockchain, a rumor that it denied at the time.

Other countries plan to use the blockchain to help defense systems, including the US Department of Defense, which had announced in July that it wanted to develop a blockchain-based cybersecurity shield .

Tanks in New Delhi image via Shutterstock

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