The U.S. Military Still Uses 8-Inch Floppy Disks On Outdated IBM Computers

A new report reveals that the U.S. Defense Department is still using 8-inch floppy disks on a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation’s nuclear forces. The 1970s-era IBM computers handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers, and tanker support aircraft. In fact, outdated IT systems are being used to handle important functions related to the nation’s taxpayers, federal prisoners, and military veterans, as well as to America’s nuclear umbrella. Federal IT systems are becoming increasingly obsolete, as many use outdated software languages and hardware parts that are unsupported. Agencies reported using several systems that have components that are at least 50 years old. The report also mentioned that the departments of Treasury, Commerce, Health and Human Services, and the Veterans Administration are using 1980s and 1990s Microsoft operating systems that stopped being supported by the vendor more than a decade ago.