Governments have long been accused of not planning for the future and thus wasting money on projects which really should have been modernized. Well, this is no exception as its been announced that the US Navy will be transferring approximately $9 million dollars to Microsoft. What for! You may ask, is it for the latest back door into the software’s giants system? No, the money is for a polite but expensive tech person to offer support for Microsoft XP which is installed on the US Navy’s systems.
In response the US Navy has stated that it plans to upgrade their systems, did god I hope it’s not Vista, by July 12 2016. This sounds promising until the small print also states that the US Navy has the option to extend the support for XP until at least June 2017 which will then raise the amount, paid into Microsoft to nearly $31 million dollars.
The next statements discussing tech are even scarier, not by what is said but from who says it and the position which they represent. These come from Steven Davis who is the spokesman for Space and Naval Warfare Systems, who announced that because certain programs which the Navy uses rely on a legacy windows product, until these programs are replaced, it’s XP all the way.
Microsoft are also making a killing by offering Support for Windows XP, according to Net Market Share, a huge 44% of corporations still have Windows XP installed on at least one PC Worldwide, this is nearly 15% of PCs which are still running XP. So the next time you wonder why your government cannot fund a certain project, just think of that dam Paperclip.
The US Navy will soon be operating a cyberwarfare unit, targeting enemies of the United States with online attacks when directed to by the White House. Though US intelligence services have already engaged in limited cyberwarfare, such as the attacks on North Korea following the Sony hack, but this is the first time that the role is to be adopted by a military force.
A high-ranking Navy commander – presumably named Admiral Stating The Bloody Obvious – hinted at the move at a recent defense conference, saying, “you don’t win a knife fight without swinging a knife.”
The Navy is breaking its new cyberwarfare role down into objectives, aiming to “reduce the attack surface” (increase defences), upgrade IT systems, and increase “cyber situational awareness”, recruiting US IT industries to help shore up its facilities. The project is expected to culminate in the establishment of 40 cyberwarfare teams within the Navy.
Another successful test by NASA this week, their Orion capsule that’s designed to get astronauts back into space after landing on another planet has been recovered by the US Navy after it was placed in a situation mimicking a splashdown in the pacific ocean. The retrieval was practice for NASAs mission to send Orion 3600 miles above the earth. This is due to go ahead in December this year but other aspects of the Orion capsule are being looked at. Orion will perform a real splashdown after returning to earth which is why a practice run is needed as NASA will use the capsule again for future missions.
The test recovery went well, the US Navy dive teams based aboard the USS Anchorage recovery vessel managed to recover the Orion capsule from the ocean using a cradle and winch system. The same team will be used to recover the vessel after it returns from its actual mission. This will be the first time NASA has recovered a capsule from the sea in a real mission since 1975 with the Apollo Soyuz mission.
Thanks to Tweaktown for supplying us with this information.