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'AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Command And Control'
(DVD / NR / 2017 / PBS)

Overview: 'Command and Control' presents the true story of what happens when weapons built to protect threaten to become the very source of our own destruction. Based on bestseller by Eric Schlosser, the film tells the story of a 1980 accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas, and explores the great dilemma or our time: How do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

DVD Verdict: In truth, I went into this documentary blind, as I didn't know what the title meant until I started watching this two hour long film. Well, 'Command And Control' out now from PBS is a well-established in the facts documentary that says that the US has over 70,000 nuclear weapons - wow! And now all at the fingertips of President Trump (Wow! Again!).

That coupled with the asserted huge number of hidden, associated accidents and mishaps over the years as well as the abject failure of command and control in this Arkansas disaster should serve as a warning to us all that greater care must be taken in managing, reducing and ultimately eliminating these weapons. Because otherwise our luck is going to run out one of these days.

Note how reprehensible the behavior of the Air Force brass was in handling this incident before, during and after -- as contrasted with that of the heroic personnel on site. Ergo, 'Command and Control' presents the terrifying, true story of what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to become the very source of our own destruction.

Based on The New York Times bestseller by Eric Schlosser the film tells the story of a 1980 accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in minute-by-minute detail through the accounts of Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders who were there, revealing the incredible chain of events that brought America to the brink of nuclear disaster. Now that Donald Trump is in power, well, watching this might well worry you, sorry!! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and features both the Theatrical Release and the Extended American Experience Version also.

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