> Although PCs have reduced workloads for sailors aboard the Aegis missile
>cruiser USS Yorktown, software glitches
> resulted in system failures and crippled ship operations, according to
> Navy brass have called the Yorktown Smart Ship pilot a success in
>reducing manpower, maintenance and costs. The
> Navy began running shipboard applications under Microsoft Windows NT so
>that fewer sailors would be needed to
> control key ship functions.
> But the Navy last fall learned a difficult lesson about automation: The
>very information technology on which the ships
> depend also makes them vulnerable. The Yorktown last September suffered a
>systems failure when bad data was fed into
> its computers during maneuvers off the coast of Cape Charles, Va.
> "Because of politics, some things are being forced on us that without
>political pressure we might not do, like Windows
> NT," Redman said. "If it were up to me I probably would not have used
>Windows NT in this particular application. If
> we used Unix, we would have a system that has less of a tendency to go down."
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