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NOVA; Battle Alert in The Gulf


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Battle Alert in The Gulf
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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At the height of tensions in the Middle East, the United States placed a huge armada at ground zero in the Persian Gulf. This strategic move was without precedent during peace time operations -- a big stick waved at a defiant Saddam Hussein. In an ironic twist of timing, at the center of this massive military force was the Navy's oldest and most celebrated aircraft carrier, the USS "Independence," on her final voyage, and the newest, the highly sophisticated nuclear-powered submarine, the USS "John C. Stennis," on her maiden voyage. NOVA moves with exclusive access throughout the fleet, from carriers and cruisers to submarines and jet fighters, following the strategy makers, fighter pilots, Aegis cruiser captains and fast-attack submarine crews as they contend with a hostile Iraq and a new battlefield. NOVA examines up-close a new and powerful technology, tasked with a new assignment, a Blue Water force designed for global confrontation in a post- Cold War scenario. Has U.S. war capability and technology kept pace with a changing battlefield?

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Chicago: “NOVA; Battle Alert in The Gulf,” 02/09/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AD3818A1B9D644B0A5FF3545B3AF867F.
MLA: “NOVA; Battle Alert in The Gulf.” 02/09/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AD3818A1B9D644B0A5FF3545B3AF867F>.
APA: NOVA; Battle Alert in The Gulf. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AD3818A1B9D644B0A5FF3545B3AF867F
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