BLOCKCHAIN ACCESS MANAGEMENT WITH GLOBAL COMBAT SUPPORT SYSTEM – MARINE CORPS
Schofield, Brandan R.
Cook, Glenn R.
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The Marine Corps Operating Concept (MOC) outlines critical tasks which will have a significant impact on current Marine Corps logistics Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS), especially as tactical units operate in data-contested environments. Key to achieving these tasks in the MOC is ensuring that the Marine Corps’ logistics MAIS, Global Combat Support System – Marine Corps (GCSS-MC), enables logistics sustainment across the entire spectrum of conflict. GCSS-MC is used to manage, control, identify and distribute ground supplies and track maintenance actions for the Marine Corps. The security protocols utilized to secure web-traffic between client and server for GCSS-MC are central to availability and usability of the system. These security protocols are access and identity management, enabling client authentication. Access and identity management on GCSS-MC is handled by Oracle Access Management (OAM), enabled by standard public key infrastructure security protocols. OAM provides centralized web-enabled access and identity management for users worldwide. Although these protocols enable security of a client’s session on the system, issues with the implementation of these protocols have actually degraded the performance of the system. This research explores blockchain technology as an access management tool for GCSS-MC, proposing an emergent blockchain access management protocol for GCSS-MC.
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