America's Secret Weapons: Desert Storm and Beyond (2004)

Genres - History  |   Run Time - 109 min.  |  
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Many will recall the precipitating events of Operation Desert Storm with absolute clarity, but less commonly known is the long-term impact wrought by that conflict on military technology. When Lockheed F-117 Stealth Fighters hit the Middle Eastern skies on January 17, 1991, history turned a dark corner, slipping into a military age characterized by the most sophisticated weapons known to man. And although the war officially ended on February 28, 1991, it led to percussive effects in the years to follow - years that witnessed an explosion in weapons advancement. Divided into three chapters ('Winds of the Storm,' 'General Merrill McPeak' and 'Super Weapons,') this feature-length documentary begins with the details of the air strikes on Iraq during Desert Storm; then moves into a conversation with McPeak, retired Air Force Chief Of Staff; and finally examines the new generation of 'Super Weapons' that emerged in the decades immediately following the Gulf War.