US nuclear arsenal runs on computers from 1970s and floppy disks

The arsenal of US nuclear weapons runs on antiquated floppy disks and over 40-year-old computer systems, according to a report from the United States Government Accountability Office.

The Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS) "runs on an IBM Series/1 Computer — a 1970s computing system — and uses 8-inch floppy disks," the report, which was released Wednesday in Washington, says.

SACCS manages the deployment of US nuclear weapons such as inter-continental ballistic missiles and airplanes equipped with atomic bombs.

The US government plans to spend 89 billion dollars on IT in 2017, about three-fourths of which will be used to maintain systems. The report criticizes the costs of maintaining old IT infrastructures as too high and called for updates.

The Department of Defence is planning to update several IT systems by the end of 2017.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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