- Making News: The Unmanned Future of the US Military
In Iraq, the so-called -fog of war- was lifted as never before by information technology that allowed commanders far from the scene to make decisions about the battlefield. High technology applied massive power and kept casualties low. Matthew Brezezinski, whose -The Unmanned Army,- appeared in the April 20 New York Times Magazine, considers robot warfare as part of America-s future. (This segment was originally broadcast on April 21, 2003.)
- Reporter's Notebook: The House of Saud
Saudi Arabia controls 25% of the world-s oil and the surplus capacity that assures stability. A disruption of Saudi oil would be disastrous for the global economy and particularly for the United States. Robert Baer, a 21-year veteran of the CIA-s Middle East operations, says America has chosen to ignore the -signs of impending disaster.- (This segment was originally broadcast on April 4, 2003.)
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