Computer Crash Wipes Out Years of Air Force Investigation Records

Marcus Weisgerber reports:

The U.S. Air Force has lost records concerning 100,000 investigations into everything from workplace disputes to fraud.

A database that hosts files from the Air Force’s inspector general and legislative liaison divisions became corrupted last month, destroying data created between 2004 and now, service officials said. Neither the Air Force nor Lockheed Martin, the defense firm that runs the database, could say why it became corrupted or whether they’ll be able to recover the information.

Read more on DefenseOne.

So you’re probably wondering, as I was, “Wait. Isn’t there a backup somewhere?” The answer seems to be that there is no one complete backup. Why, I have no damned idea, but they report:

It’s possible that some data is backed up at local bases where investigations originated.

Update: Data recovered.

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  1. Anonymous - June 16, 2016

    HAHAHAHAHA Its probably a low ball bidding contractor that apparently does not know much on how to have good backups, cluster servers and other services. OMG, its a freaking disaster, thats for sure. It’s par for the course, thats for sure. Same with the company that botched up the tricare issue in Texas.

    I hate to say this but they got what they paid for.

    Hopefully this cluster opens the eyes to other military organizations, that just because a company low balls a contract, it does not mean they will get great and credible service.

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