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I’m trying to get a better sense of the institutional competence with which we govern information technologies. This is a well-known one but still worth staring at.
Government Accountability Office on “Legacy Systems” in Pentagon
“The report said that the Department of Defence systems that co-ordinated intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft “runs on an IBM Series-1 Computer – a 1970s computing system – and uses eight-inch floppy disks“.Source: BBC
The Pentagon later promised to phase out floppy disks from command-and-control facilities.