Pentagon still using ’70s era computers to run nuclear defense

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – If you remember what floppy disks are, you are probably at least 30 years old. And if you’re still using them to keep important data, you must be the U.S. Department of Defense.

A recent government audit found the Pentagon’s nuclear weapons division using horribly outdated, using 70’s-era computer systems. The computers use 8-inch floppy disks, which were already going obsolete by the early 80s. The computer systems in question coordinate nuclear bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and tanker support aircraft.

No big deal, right?

The elderly machines even cost a fortune to maintain, $60 billion a year. A Defense Department spokeswoman says “The system remains in use because, in short, it still works.” But wait, there is good news. The Pentagon plans to replace the floppy disks with “secure digital devices” by the end of next year.

But the Defense Department is not alone. The U.S. Treasury is also in need of an update. That department apparently uses outdated computer code that was first used in the 50s.

Get with the times, feds!  It is no wonder why people have no faith in government.



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