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Pentagon Computer Failure #269324

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 12, 1980
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(Studio) Pentagon computer system, designed to warn of attack, reported failing; details given
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [MAN - explains computer room's purpose.] Recent reports of nation's defense warning system being vulnerable and subject to failure detailed; newspaper headlines, political cartoon shown. System, called WWMCCS (World Wide Military Command and Control System) explained; diagrams shown. [Deft Department spokesperson Dr. Gerald DINEEN - comments.] Criticism of computer system by former Pentagon electronics engineer John Bradley outlined [1978, BRADLEY - comments.] Bradley's firing in 1977 and effect on him physically&emotionally examined. [Today, BRADLEY - comments on WWMCCS.] GAO's recent report on WWMCCS network quoted in part on screen. [DINEEN - comments on Bradley.] General Accounting Office criticism noted agreeing with Bradley's. [BRADLEY - comments.] Bradley's present lifestyle noted. [BRADLEY - comments.]
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike
Duration:
00:04:30

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