Pentagon uses 50 year old COBOL code to figure out who to pay

A recent story by Reuters details how the Pentagon’s payment system is heavily reliant on COBOL computer code, much of which is about 50 years old – seven million lines of Cobol code basically decides who gets paid.

And the code hasn’t been updated in the last 10 years or more….

While this is, of course, worrying for a lot of service personnel, many of whom have been on the receiving end of the mistakes made by the system, it’s probably good news for people worried about whether or not the system can be hacked.

As the Defense Joint Military Pay System, the office responsible for overseeing the system told Reuters:

“As time passes, the pool of Cobol expertise dwindles.”

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