“Softwar” is a new Amazon bestseller written by Jason P. Lowery, a U.S. Space Force major, which explores the potential impact of decentralized digital currencies, such as bitcoin, on national security.
Lowery’s thesis analyzes the unique qualities of bitcoin, including its decentralized nature, anonymous transactions, and limited supply, and how they could potentially disrupt traditional financial systems and challenge governments’ ability to regulate and maintain stability.
Lowery’s book draws insights from various disciplines, such as anthropology and computer science, to develop his “Power Projection Theory.” He suggests that the proof-of-work mechanism, which is essential to bitcoin transaction validation, can be utilized by military forces to impose non-violent constraints on malicious actors through significant physical effort required for computational processing.
The book argues that bitcoin has the potential to be used as a “softwar” or an electro cyber-defense strategy, rather than just a peer-to-peer digital cash system. It emphasizes the need for governments and regulators to understand the implications of cryptocurrency on national security and develop appropriate policies to mitigate potential risks.
The book’s success on Amazon’s bestseller list highlights the growing interest in the subject and the urgency of addressing the potential threats that can be exposed by blockchain and digital currencies.
Lowery expresses gratitude to bitcoin’s leading supporters, such as MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor and Peter McCormack, in the acknowledgments section. The book also discusses the potential risk to national security if the U.S. government holds inadequate bitcoin reserves, particularly if the network is utilized as a cybersecurity tool.