AND FRICTION (56.46)
War is complicated and has always
been so. From Clausewitz, to Jomini to the think-tank of
the twentieth century, the military thinker has struggled with the
concepts of Fog and Friction. Today friendly-fire incidents, collateral
damage, and plans that fall apart under the stress of combat seem unavoidable.
Marines from 3rd Battalion 7 Marine Regiment prepare to
cross into Iraq during the race for Baghdad, unsure of the enemy’s
strength amidst a number of confusing signals. Later, Marines and soldiers
from 1st Battalion of the 187th Combat Brigade find themselves on the
outskirts of Baghdad, facing a determined enemy conducting operations
from a complex urban landscape. In another part of the world, the pilots
and gunners of Bravo Company Apaches take heavy fire requiring them
to improvise new tactics ad hoc during Operation Anaconda in eastern
Afghanistan. So too, the war reporter in both Afghanistan and Iraq
also struggles to make sense of his experience, to convey the story
of war, often without the operational knowledge that soldiers receive.
Fog and Friction seeks to add clarity to confusion by examining war
today as it is fought and reported.
Running Time: 56 Minutes (27 minute version also on disc)
Technical Specifications: Letterbox