US Department of Defense still uses archaic 3.5 inch Floppy disks

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When now the world is going digital and everyday new technology, inventions and gadgets keep arriving in the market, Pentagon – United States Department of Defense still uses archaic ‘3.5 inch Floppy disks’ which currently coordinate intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft.

‘But what kind of computer system still supports these floppy disks?’ you’d ask. Well, my friend, to accommodate, Pentagon uses 1970’s IBM Series-1 computer.

When asked about the usage of floppy disks, which government plans to replace by end of fiscal year 2017 (and hopefully not to 5-inch/8-inch floppy disks), Pentagon Spokeswoman Lt. Col Valerie Henderson said “This system remains in use because, in short, it still works.”

This floppy disk can normally held upto 1.4 Mb data. So it would require millions of these disks to save data upto 32 GB, which single modern flash drives normally stores.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says that U.S. government departments spend upwards of $60 billion a year on operating and maintaining out-of-date technologies – That’s three times the investment on modern IT systems.

On a positive front, this obsolete system also serves the purpose of maintaining high security as it would be very difficult for hackers to hack into such ‘out-dated’ system.

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