What would you say if I told you that the US Defense Department still utilizes 8-inch floppy disks inside of a computer system to coordinate all of the functions of the United States nuclear forces? I will wait a minute while you Google what a floppy disk is. Okay now that you’ve got that information on hand. This is absolutely shocking news to hear. A new report has revealed that the US Defense Department utilizes outdated floppy discs and a 1970s era IBM series one computer to handle functions that are related to nuclear bombers, tanker aircraft support, and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
In fact, this departments strategic automated command and control system was named one of the 10 most outdated Information Technology systems that is known to be in existence according to a recent Governmental Accountability Office report. That’s right despite all of the advancements in technology over the past four decades one of the most crucial systems to our nation’s safety is running on 40 plus year old floppy disks and computer systems.
Well, folks if you didn’t already have enough reasons not to trust the United States government the shocking truth is they will always be there to give you yet another reason not to trust them with your life.