US Military Retires 8-Inch Floppies from Nuclear Launch Control System

In the event of a crisis, the US Military will no longer receive nuclear launch orders from the president and coordinate attacks using 8-inch floppy disks. The Air Force says it has finally upgraded its Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS) to a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution.”

Floppies were preferable because military experts deemed the ancient, pre-internet storage medium to be unhackable. In fact, many of the younger enlistees had never even seen one. The SACCS, an ’70s IBM Series/1 computer, will remain for its reliability.

“I joke with people and say it’s the Air Force’s oldest IT system. But it’s the age that provides that security,” [Lt. Col. Jason] Rossi said in an October interview. “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.”


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