The U.S. government has a national security interest in countering criminal groups and malign actors that leverage new monetary technologies for destructive ransomware attacks and illicit finance activities. In an era of increasing geopolitical and macroeconomic volatility, the “geoeconomic” implications of these technologies also requires close scrutiny.
To what extent can the U.S. leverage such open networks to counter the closed systems of our adversaries? What would be the implications to the global economic system if these technologies continued to grow apace? What are the relevant challenges and strategic opportunities that policy makers need to understand?