The government has a tradition of being woefully behind the times when it comes to keeping up with and implementing the latest technology. While it is true that military hardware can be cutting edge and quite advanced, the technology used in federal agencies overall tends to be behind that used in the commercial sector. This became most painfully evident with the launch of healthcare.gov last year when the federal government demonstrated that it couldn’t even launch a website without horrible teething problems that went on far too long. Alexei Beltyukov knows that the military part of the government also has technological blind spots when it comes to things that are not serving as equipment in the latest jet fighter.
It has recently come out that the U.S. Navy is still using Windows XP. Despite this operating system being 14 years old, this may not actually be as bad as it sounds. About 44 percent of corporations in the private sector have at least one computer that is running this dated operating system. The laughable part of the story about the Navy and Windows XP is that they only required all computers in the Navy to be upgraded to XP by the end of April of this year. It would be one thing if their computers had been running XP for many years and they were just slow upgrading to Windows 7 but that they have only just now gotten all computers running an OS that Microsoft dropped support for last year is unbelievable.