Season 21, Episode 4 Missile Wars

First Aired: October 10, 2002

A report that traces the recent history of antimissile defense, assesses its technological prospects and explores what producer Sherry Jones calls the “politics of the threat” of an ICBM attack against the U.S. An Alaska-based system is currently under construction, but the U.S. Missile Defense Agency concedes it's not yet foolproof, says Jones. The hour also features interviews with missile-defense supporters (former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz among them), and looks at the role of missile defense in the Bush Administration's security strategy. “It's as much an offense as a defense,” says Jones.