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The European Union has put out a call for proposals targeting innovative defence products, solutions and technologies to the community of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s). They are offering up to 10 million euro to support several consortium defence proposals and considering multiple contributions of up to 2.5 million euro to kick off individual proposals.

“The development of innovative and future-oriented defence products and technologies relies on the innovation capacity of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).”

More specifically they are looking for innovative defence products, solutions, materials and technologies, including those that can create a disruptive effect and improve readiness, deployability, reliability, safety and sustainability of EU forces in all spectrum of tasks and missions. For example, in operations, equipment, infrastructure, basing, energy solutions, new surveillance systems.

“Several actions, addressing different defence products, solutions, materials and technologies, may be funded under this call.”

The obvious blockchain solution is to address defence supply chains. Think about tracking and tracing weapons, troops, vaccines, masks or gloves. Or more likely, tracking people with or without Covid-19. Microsoft just put out a patent titled “Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data” which outlines a new cryptocurrency that uses body activity data for mining and will allow users to mine a new token using brain waves or body heat. 

Blockchain technology already augments the supply chain of retailers like Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Shopper’s Drug Mart (with the cannabis traceability in Canada) and others to improve how they store information about their suppliers, reinforce product authenticity to prevent counterfeiting of goods. 

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