It has been reported that the Advanced Manufacturing Olympics, held virtually this year on October 20–23, sought to recruit traditional DoD contractors, technology developers, and academics to mobilize new technologies, particularly 3D printing, for the manufacture and delivery of critical parts in the military supply chain.
However, SIMBA Chain, a smart contract-as-a-service platform developed by the University of Notre Dame and ITAMCO, was awarded first place and a prize of $100,000 for its entry in one of the technical challenges set during the DoD’s Olympics.
The report said that the DoD devised a war game scenario in which a fictional island was under siege for the challenge.
Participants were tasked with deploying additive manufacturing (the 3D printing of metals, plastic, and composite parts on demand) and creating secure communication and delivery network for forward-deployed military units and front-line medical staff.
Joel Neidig, the CEO of SIMBA Chain, said:
“We […] had six days to put together an entire war games solution to deliver critical parts to a battlefront, keep field hospitals operational and infrastructure like runways intact. What was different about our approach was how we met both the physical challenges of war fighters as well as the cyber threats that are playing a growing role in modern warfare.”
Likewise, SIMBA beat other participants such as Boeing, which won third place, and Stratasys, second place, due to its use of blockchain to provide a secure network that established cyber-resilient communications between additive manufacturing labs across the supply chain.
As per the report, the DoD’s Olympics is not an idle war games challenge that stops with the creation of a fictional island.
The Air Force seeks to turn successful solutions into commercial realities, and SIMBA Chain is already working with several arms of the DoD, including the Air Force and Navy.
Thus, the company stated that it has “high hopes that blockchain, and specifically SIMBA Chain, will soon be an integral part of the US military’s strategic weaponry.”