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Outdated Technology Costs U.S. Government Billions Due to Lack of Efficiency

According to a recent federal study, the U.S. spends three-quarters of its annual $80 billion IT budget keeping aging technology running. The Department of Defense, for example, still uses floppy disks. And the technology used in air traffic control towers was developed about the same time as World War II.

Technology impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, whether using a smartphone, driving a car, or reaching out to friends and family across the globe. Everyone seems to want the latest and greatest technology to make their lives easier – except for Uncle Sam, who doesn’t seem to put much priority on modernizing.

More than 50 countries have, though, and that’s why the U.S. lags far behind in how we route flights – passenger, commercial and private.

The government has spent many years and many billions of dollars trying to maintain antiquated air traffic control equipment instead of investing in the implementation of technology updates. And when upgrades are pushed through, we’re essentially replacing World War II-era technology with systems from the 1990s.

We can’t risk continued inaction and inadequate investment in modernization. Comprehensive air traffic control reform must be adopted that ensures sufficient resources exist to bring the air navigation infrastructure into the 21st century without allowing it to become just another federal government program that lacks funding for latest technology.

Our government has proven it can’t keep pace with technology. This report should serve as a wakeup call for anyone who believes that continuing to wait on the government to get the job done will work.