The real reason America controls its nukes with ancient floppy disks

May 26, 2016 5:23 PM

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The real reason America controls its nukes with ancient floppy disks

America’s nuclear arsenal depends on a surprising relic of the 1970s that few of us may recall: the humble floppy disk.

It’s hard to believe these magnetic, 8-inch data storage devices are what’s propping up the most fearsome weapons humanity has ever created. But the Department of Defense is still relying on this technology to coordinate key strategic forces such as nuclear bombers and intercontinental ballistic mis...

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