In a country like the United States where movie CGI is so advanced that everything seems real, you would at least expect that its nuclear programs would be run by some sort of super computer. Nope! According to a report from the US GAO (Government Accountability Office), the US nuclear program is so technically outdated at the back end that requires an 8″ floppy disk to launch a missile. Yes, an 8″ floppy disk that was made obsolete in the late 1970s by the 3.5″ floppy disk, which nobody even remembers now.
These floppy disks operate some ground breaking technologies such as ICBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles), tanker support aircrafts and nuclear bombers. The outdated system costs 60 billion USD to be maintained a year while the latest IT infrastructure would cost only 20 billion. The report also mentions that the US Treasury still uses the Assembly programming language which went out of fashion after the 1950s. Government’s plan? To move the control of nuclear programs to latest computers by end of 2017 but only if it can move the slow moving behemoth called “Government” fast enough.