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William Lord: Govt Could Seek Small Businesses to Update Legacy Software

William Lord
William Lord

Unsupported legacy software, known vulnerabilities and new applications for old platforms all pose threats to government systems if left unaddressed, according a former Air Force chief information officer.

Most of the government’s legacy systems are between 20 and 30 years old and not up to speed with current technologies, retired Lt. Gen. William Lord told GCN in an interview.

Lord also said some elements of the country’s nuclear command and control are also old, but reliable and not connected to other systems, William Jackson writes.

He also told GCN non-traditional service providers, including small contractors, could help bring legacy systems on par with current technology and the small businesses could partner with larger firms to compete for contracts.

Under current accounting policies, Lord said contracting officers are not sufficiently rewarded for working with small businesses through a larger contractor.

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