The Defense Special Weapons Agency responsible for managing the US?s nuclear weapons is to test its computers after Pentagon inspectors found that no-one had verified whether the essential technology was Year 2000 compliant.
Only 25 per cent of the mission critical computer systems had been independently tested for Year 2000 safety, confirmed the Pentagon?s Inspector General?s Office.
The Defense Department is systematically checking through systems to make sure they are ready for the Year 2000 date changeover. Over the past year it has carried out more than 200 audits to make sure that computers are millennium compliant. The Pentagon is responsible for around 40 per cent of the US government?s mission critical systems.
?We view it as we do any kind of war fighting situation,? commented a spokesperson for the Pentagon, who confirmed that Year 2000 testing is now part of a routine operation. Failure of the systems, however, would not result in a problem for the nation?s defence, he claimed.
The Defense Special Weapons Agency was absorbed into a new Defense Threat Reduction Agency on 1 October. It has managed and tested the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile since 1947.
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