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FOX SPECIAL REPORT WITH BRIT HUME November 29, 2002

New High-Tech Weapons

TONY SNOW: U.N. weapons inspectors are taking advantage of the latest technology to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. And so is the U.S. military. Should a war with Saddam become unavoidable, America's soldiers could be using everything from computerized battlefield to a microwave bomb. Fox News Pentagon correspondent Bret Baier takes a look.

BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In the first Gulf War, the US Unleashed new fighter jets to bombard Iraq. Now, if there is a Gulf War II, the US Military will be using some new high-tech weapons to crush the Iraqi regime.

JOHN PIKE, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: Part of this, I think, is going to be Buck Rogers, high-tech, satellite imagery. A lot of it is going to be just traditional soldiering directly on the ground.

BAIER: While military planners still expect to use a massive air campaign and a powerful ground force, experts believe an urban battle in Baghdad is going to be a combination of basic soldiering and a high-tech satellite computerized battlefield.

PIKE: Urban operations always extraordinarily challenging. But I think that the combination of improved satellite navigation, digital communications, night-vision capabilities, computerized fire support is going to give American soldiers an advantage in the battle of Baghdad.

BAIER: Shutting down the Iraqi's computer systems is a high priority that could call for a new high-tech weapon, still in development, called the E-bomb or microwave bomb. The attack could come from US computers as well.

PETER BROOKES, HERITAGE FOUNDATION: We would initiate a computer network attack through our own computers, send it all the way to the country of origin, and try to shut down those computers so we may make them deaf, dumb and blind.

BAIER: Military planners say pilot less drones will be pivotal, helping US commandos strike with surgical precision, providing electronic eyes in the sky to see the enemy and plan US Ground troop's next moves. High-tech sensors will likely help locate chemical and biological weapons facilities to protect our forces.

PIKE: One of the most important new sensors that the United States can use is so-called hyper spectral imagery that can be flown on satellites or on reconnaissance aircraft and this is basically able to detect very minute trace chemical that might be leaking out of a chemical or biological storage facility.

BAIER: The air attack will include the Smart Bomb, which has been getting smarter in recent years, producing maximum destruction while keeping the possibility of collateral damage to a minimum.

BROOKES: It's able to put targets right on the spot, right down smokestacks to an even greater extent than they were the last time around.

BAIER: Weapons in the pipeline range from rifles that lob laser- guided grenades to a squadron of unmanned MAV's or Micro Air Vehicles, deployed like a flock of birds to peek over hilltops or sniff for biochemical agents. The bottom line is that the US is much more high-tech than it was in Gulf War I.

At the Pentagon, Bret Baier, Fox News.


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