The US Air Force (USAF) has been planning to test blockchain-based communication platforms, therefore in collaboration with the Department of Defense awarded a contract to a blockchain firm Fluree. The firm has been working with AFWERX, a technology innovation program of the Air Force to introduce distributed ledger technology’s (DLT) proof of concept.
Regarding the contract, the co-CEO of Fluree, Brian Platz has said,
“Fluree is uniquely suited to provide a distributed communication network that supports the interoperability and scalability requirements of both legacy and evolving government systems.”
Fluree, which was founded in the year 2016 by Platz and Flip Filipowski. In the year 2018, the firm released its blockchain database and by June 2019, during the seed funding, it received USD $4.7 million.
According to the reports, Fluree’s partnership with the US Air Force was considered to be its most notable and impressive achievement. The report further stated that as Fluree wanted to grow, therefore, it has been working with a consulting firm, Deloitte, so that it could open doors for many more partnerships.
Presently, Fluree was planning to conduct an event, Voice of the Customer (VOC), where it could hold discussions with the customers to identify their needs and develop a plan for prototype deployment of its data management.
The reports suggested that apart from the USAF, there were many other government agencies that were supporting blockchain. Avivah Litan, a vice president of research at Gartner, has stated that the USAF’s partner DoD was earlier testing the blockchain for logistics management and supply chain. Litan also mentioned that another government agency, Federal Reserve was also considering to use blockchain for real-time payment services.
Litan said that more than any other sector in the US, its government was very much interested in testing blockchain. She said, “I’ve seen a few use cases. “They’re not the slowest sector.”