The U.S. President Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, which includes $770 billion for military spending, including a 2.7% pay raise for service members, for the fiscal year.
The bill also mentions blockchain-related efforts and key points like distributed ledger technologies:
“Secretary of Defense shall develop a digital health strategy of the Department of Defense to incorporate new and emerging technologies and methods (including three-dimensional printing, virtual reality, wearable devices, big data and predictive analytics, distributed ledger technologies, and other innovative methods that leverage new or emerging technologies) in the provision of clinical care within the military health system.”
The bill directs the Secretary of Defense to create a chief digital recruiting officer, and give that person the authority to hire people with “software development, engineering, and product management; data science; artificial intelligence; distributed ledger technologies; autonomy; data management; product and user experience design; and cybersecurity” skills.
The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act covers the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, and marks an increase in spending across the United States military.