In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.
In 2009, The Bob Edwards Show visited the Army’s billion-dollar National Training Center. Covering more than a thousand square miles of California’s Mojave Desert, Ft. Irwin and the NTC includes realistic mock villages populated by role playing Iraqi nationals and military wives who aim to give the soldiers a taste of what’s to come overseas. From the introduction:
We’re spending this Veterans Day at the Army’s National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California – where US troops are subjected to the most realistic war simulations possible — before deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan. We’ll witness one of those exercises — complete with lED blasts and sniper fire – and get a blow-by-blow account. Next, I talk with Brigadier General Dana Pittard – former commander of the NTC. You’ll meet some of the Iraqi and American role-players who make the training as authentic as possible. Then I talk with Bertran Schultz and Matthew Brown about their experiences “in the box” at the National Training Center.
The Mirage of War: A Day in the Life of the Army’s National Training Center is a fascinating look at the preparations for war. Produced by Chad Campbell, script/roadmap included below.