IS THE US MILITARY FINALLY MOVING AWAY FROM FLOPPY DISKS WITH OUR NUCLEAR MISSILES?
So much for being in the know. As skeptical as I am, this never crossed my mind as needing to be a concern, still. We heard hack in 2014 that the US military had been using those old floppy disks to potentially facilitate a launch command of our nuclear missiles. Floppy disks, you ask? Yeah, their 8-inch disks and we’ve been using them since the 1970’s. But even worse? We’ve been using them with computers for this duty that are also from the 1970’s. And we’ heard about this half a decade ago. But we’re only now hearing that the made a change to the modern world. Sound scary? It should, because it’s real.
WE’VE BEEN USING FLOPPY DISKS AND OLD IBM COMPUTERS SINCE THE 1970’S
So we’ve at last received confirmation that we no longer use these old floppy disks and computers anymore. Now, our nuclear missile launch commands will be processed by a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution.” Ok. That’s the word from Lt. Col. Jason Rossi to media this week. We will use new digital storage in our ancient system, the Strategic Automated Command and Control System, aka SACCS. Our military forces use SACCS to manage action messages from command centers (like the mountain in War Games) to field forces (like we have all over the world).
BUT WE MAY STILL BE USING FLOPPY DISKS AND OLD IBM COMPUTERS FROM THE 1970’S
You can’t hack SACCS because we created the damn thing waaaay before the internet was around. Rossi explained, “You can’t hack something that doesn’t have an IP address. It’s a very unique system — it is old and it is very good.” Ok. But we still don’t know if this modernization is finished yet. And the Air Force isn’t saying. But they are saying that things are better now. And sure, I get it, the stakes are high. But seriously, how long does this take? Because it sure sounds like we’re still using old IBM Series/1 computers. You know, from before Star Wars came out? The first, first one?
So much for the Cold War. It’s now the Old War.