Wednesday, April 30, 2014

America's Nuclear Program Runs off 8 Inch Floppies

You couldn't make this stuff up.

Nobody would believe it.


Russell said...

"There are again forces calling for partial unilateral nuclear disarmament, if only because we no longer live in an era defined by the reach of nuclear bombs."

*Face palm*

I'm not so worried about the tech, although it should be on solid state drives, no exterior data access, wrapped snuggly in Faraday cages.

This is worrying: "simply maintaining the existing nuclear arsenal costs hundreds of billions per year."

Because as soon as the USA can no longer pay for anything, what's going to happen to those silos? Is the upkeep cost really needed? Is it mostly waste and pork barrel spending? What happens to the nukes when Uncle Sam can't write funny money checks anymore to pay for them?

olebob said...

lol I heard half the battle is preventing the missiles from launching themselves.

samhuih said...

In the 80's I worked on an Air Force navigation system that had ferrite core memory. Little tiny ferrite rings that girls threaded wires through for read and write lines. Amazing what they did with this stuff though. Like this.

Zero to Mach 10 in 5 Seconds!

That being said I bet all of those missiles have been constantly upgraded. I know this happens with airplanes.