US Nuclear Force moving on from floppy disks — finally

❝ In 2014, “60 Minutes” made famous the 8-inch floppy disks used by one antiquated Air Force computer system that, in a crisis, could receive an order from the president to launch nuclear missiles from silos across the United States.

But no more. At long last, that system, the Strategic Automated Command and Control System or SACCS, has dumped the floppy disk, moving to a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution” this past June, said Lt. Col. Jason Rossi, commander of the Air Force’s 595th Strategic Communications Squadron…

❝ In 2016, the Government Accountability Office wrote that SACCS runs on an IBM Series/1 computer dating from the 1970s and that the Defense Department planned “to update its data storage solutions, port expansion processors, portable terminals, and desktop terminals by the end of fiscal year 2017,” but it’s unclear whether those upgrades have occurred.

You could ask the clown in the Oval Office and he not only wouldn’t know the answer – he wouldn’t know who to call.

One thought on “US Nuclear Force moving on from floppy disks — finally

  1. nicknielsensc says:

    One of my customer used 3.5″ floppies (you needed three good ones!) until 2016, when they finally upgraded their equipment and software to support thumbdrives.

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