Season 19, Episode 4 The Future of War

First Aired: October 25, 2000

“The Future of War” examines efforts by Gen. Eric Shinseki, the Army chief of staff, to streamline his service to enable it to strike faster. As Shinseki, who's interviewed throughout the report, put it at his induction ceremony: “Our heavy forces are too heavy and our light forces lack the staying power that we need.” The hour explores problems (potential and actual) with “lethality and survivability” in the Persian Gulf, Somalia and the Balkans, and weighs differences of opinion over armored vehicles and military-readiness policy. Interviewees include vice presidential candidates Dick Cheney (R) and Joseph Lieberman (D).

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