U.S. Space Force Major Jason Lowery has highlighted the potential strategic importance of Bitcoin beyond finance, emphasizing its relevance in national defense and cybersecurity.
In a detailed letter to the Defense of Defense’s (DoD) Innovation Board, Lowery argued for a deeper exploration of Bitcoin and similar proof-of-work (PoW) protocols and their potential applications.
Lowery contextualized Bitcoin within the military strategy of an offset approach, suggesting that it could be a contemporary tool in reshaping cyber warfare and defense.
He described Bitcoin as a pioneering “macrochip” that transforms the global electric power grid into a resource-intensive computer, introducing physical costs into the digital domain and potentially revolutionizing cybersecurity paradigms.
Lowery also addressed ongoing challenges in cybersecurity, proposing that the proof-of-work protocol, as exemplified by Bitcoin, represents a significant innovation in the field.
Recommendations to DoD
Lowery emphasized the need for the United States to recognize and adapt to Bitcoin’s potential as a strategic offset in cybersecurity to maintain its position as a global superpower in an evolving digital landscape.
He recommended that the Defense Innovation Board prioritize the investigation of Bitcoin and similar technologies to effectively utilize them for national defense and cybersecurity.