GAO Report on Obsolete Computer Systems at the Pentagon

If this doesn’t keep you awake at night nothing will. This GAO report – Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems – notes that the Pentagon spends up to $60 billion maintaining old computer systems/networks that in some cases still use floppies. In addition, the systems are fifty years old. But it is not just the Pentagon’s IT infrastructure that is deficient – practically every major federal department has similar issues; some of them have systems older than the Pentagon’s. This highlight from the report provides an excellent summary of the findings. Here is analyses from Ars Technica, PC World

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