FUBAR & SNAFU are words for NSA's Utah Data Center's bad habit of frequent Arc Flash events

WSJ has an article that covers the electrical problems that the NSA data center is having.

What comes to mind are the military acronyms - FUBAR and SNAFU.  

SNAFU is a military slang acronym meaning "Situation Normal: All Fucked Up".

FUBAR stands for fucked up beyond all recognition/repair/reason, like SNAFU and SUSFU, dates from World War II. The Oxford English Dictionary lists Yank, the Army Weekly magazine (1944, 7 Jan. p. 8) as its earliest citation: "The FUBAR squadron. ‥ FUBAR? It means 'Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition."[7] NFG is equipment that is not functional, but may or may not be repairable, FUBAR is beyond repair.

Here is the WSJ article below points made.  Can you imagine the size of the analysis documents of these outages.  It would probably take weeks to read and make your brain hurt.

Meltdowns Hobble NSA Data Center

Investigators Stumped by What's Causing Power Surges That Destroy Equipment


Chronic electrical surges at the massive new data-storage facility central to the National Security Agency's spying operation have destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of machinery and delayed the center's opening for a year, according to project documents and current and former officials.


There have been 10 meltdowns in the past 13 months that have prevented the NSA from using computers at its new Utah data-storage center, slated to be the spy agency's largest, according to project documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.






Sounds like there is a lot of covering of asses, and pointing of fingers of blame.

But another government assessment concluded the contractor's proposed solutions fall short and the causes of eight of the failures haven't been conclusively determined. "We did not find any indication that the proposed equipment modification measures will be effective in preventing future incidents," said a report last week by special investigators from the Army Corps of Engineers known as a Tiger Team.

The architectural firm KlingStubbins designed the electrical system. The firm is a subcontractor to a joint venture of three companies: Balfour Beatty Construction, DPR Construction and Big-D Construction Corp. A KlingStubbins official referred questions to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The joint venture said in a statement it expected to submit a report on the problems within 10 days: "Problems were discovered with certain parts of the unique and highly complex electrical system. The causes of those problems have been determined and a permanent fix is being implemented."

There have been 10 arc flash events since Aug 2012.

The first arc fault failure at the Utah plant was on Aug. 9, 2012, according to project documents. Since then, the center has had nine more failures, most recently on Sept. 25. Each incident caused as much as $100,000 in damage, according to a project official.

It took six months for investigators to determine the causes of two of the failures. In the months that followed, the contractors employed more than 30 independent experts that conducted 160 tests over 50,000 man-hours, according to project documents.