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Missile Wars
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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As the United States prepares to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, FRONTLINE examines the reason why: the Bush administration's determination to deploy an antimissile system. Supporters say national missile defense is essential to protecting America from a missile attack by rogue states. Critics argue that terrorist attacks like September 11 are a far greater threat than that posed by ballistic missiles. In this program, FRONTLINE examines both sides of the missile defense debate. Through interviews with staunch proponents, skeptical scientists, and military and intelligence experts, the documentary investigates this multi-billion dollar -- yet still unproven -- weapons system, and explores how national missile defense fits into the nation's military strategy after 9/11.



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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Missile Wars,” 10/10/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EA71E863600B4005A79FA795C137A288.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Missile Wars.” 10/10/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EA71E863600B4005A79FA795C137A288>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Missile Wars. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EA71E863600B4005A79FA795C137A288
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