America’s Nuclear Arsenal Is Still Controlled By Antique Computers With Floppy Disks

It’s a wonder as to why many people think the United States is still untouchable or a superpower when the US nuclear arsenal is plugged into decades-old computer systems still using floppy discs. They’re still living in the 80’s, when the last piece of new technology was introduced to the arsenal. Meanwhile, the Russians and Chinese both continue technology advances in their nuclear arsenal as well as modernize their militaries across the board.

 

 

In a report to air on Sunday, CBS Correspondent Lesley Stahl traveled to a missile field near an Air Force base in Cheyenne, Wyo., revealing a nondescript site — the silo is below ground — that looks like a fenced-in lot surrounded by farms.

But inside, she found technology still being used that was built in the 1960s, to include analog telephone systems that missileers complain makes communication difficult, and decades-old computer systems using floppy disks, which an Air Force general regards as good for security, as it is not connected to the internet.

Full article: America’s Nuclear Arsenal Is Still Controlled By Antique Computers With Floppy Disks (Business Insider)

One response to “America’s Nuclear Arsenal Is Still Controlled By Antique Computers With Floppy Disks

  1. It is not bad. The system is not on the internet. In fact, as EMP threat could eventually lead to reality, a back up system, should be considered in, analog.
    The USS Missouri has analog turret aiming systems and with training are very accurate plus, will operate without a hitch in the event of an EMP attack. The computer controlled electronic stuff, would be destined to the recycling yard.
    The slide rules of decades ago, continue to be useful in skilled hands.
    Training, and Mindset.
    Think about it.