TECHNOLOGY : COMPUTER : UNITED STATES: GOVERNMENT : MILITARY : OUTDATED: US Nuclear Emergency Messaging System Still Uses Floppy Disks

David P. Dillard
 

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TECHNOLOGY : COMPUTER :

UNITED STATES: GOVERNMENT :

MILITARY :

OUTDATED:

US Nuclear Emergency Messaging System Still Uses Floppy Disks

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US Nuclear Emergency Messaging System Still Uses Floppy Disks

By Mario Trujillo

05/25/16 10:19 AM EDT

The Hill

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/ 281191-us-nuclear-emergency-messaging-system-still-uses-floppy-disks
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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/zbn4y37


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The Defense Departments system for sending emergency messages to nuclear forces is made up of aging technology that runs on a 1970s-era computer system and uses 8-inch floppy disks.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) made the finding in a broad report highlighting the billions of dollars the government spends every year to maintain largely outdated information technology (IT).

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Replacement parts for the system are difficult to find because they are now obsolete, the report concluded.

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The Defense Departments Strategic Automated Command and Control System was one of the most egregious examples highlighted in the GAO report. In a footnote, the GAO had to define floppy disk, noting that modern flash drives hold the equivalent storage of 3.2 million floppy disks.

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The GAO report concluded that agencies across the government are spending far too much on operation and maintenance of aging IT instead of modernization and enhancements.

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In 2015, $80 billion was spent on government IT. The large majority of it, $61 billion, was spent on operation and maintenance. That share has increased since 2010.

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The report also found that nearly $1 billion in IT operation and maintenance investment has been labeled as high or moderate risk.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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