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Hi-Tech War
Looking back at the successes and failures of the modern weapons and communications systems used in the recent war with Iraq, this episode of INNOVATION follows the soldiers who actually used the technologies, and the engineers back home who developed them. "Hi-Tech War" investigates how a new generation of weapons is forever altering the political and technical reality of combat. Find out more about this episode or get the video.
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The Technology That Changed War

JDAM technology allows the U.S. military to guide a weapon to within three meters of a chosen target anywhere in the world, at any time of the day or night and in any weather conditions. The weapon itself can be dropped from 50,000 feet or flown in from hundreds of miles, at minimal or no risk to U.S. personnel. It is hard to imagine a technological change that has had a similar impact on international affairs. The development of the tank? The first flight of a military aircraft? The invention of gunpowder? It is somewhere at that level.
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Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Cerillo discusses his personal experiences using advanced weapons systems in the Iraq war with series producer Jared Lipworth.

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New technology pervaded the Iraq war.

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The story of the JDAM is a story of the relationship technology, politics, and war.
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