Welcome to the companion Web site to "Russia's Nuclear Warriors,"
originally broadcast on November 6, 2001. The film chronicles the extraordinary lives of Russia's roketchiki, the missileers who stand ready to push the nuclear button at a special command from Moscow. Here's what you'll find online:
The Director's Story
Leslie Woodhead, director of "Russia's Nuclear Warriors," talks about the logistical, linguistic, cultural, and especially political hurdles he had to clear in Russia to make this film.
False Alarms on the Nuclear Front
Since the late 1970s, Russian and American missileers have each come close twice to launching nuclear missiles in response to a perceived attack under way from the other side. Here, MIT's Geoffrey Forden supplies the details of those harrowing events.
Global Guide to Nuclear Missiles
What kinds of nuclear missiles do the U.S., Russia, China, India, and other nuclear nations have at the ready? Peruse our online array.
From First Alert to Missile Launch (Hot Science)
Experience in real time the tense ten minutes of a hypothetical launch-on-warning scenario within Russia. The countdown begins when Russian operators at early-warning centers first detect blips on their radar screens and ends with the imaginary launch of a counterattack.