The Big Picture is an American documentary television program which aired from 1951 to 1964. The series consisted of documentary films produced by the United States Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Service.
Modernization of Army shown on TV series — “The Sharper Sword and Stronger Shield” (TV-449) is an informational film which emphasizes the importance for the continual modernization of the Army for effective national defense. The film portrays the Army’s efforts to forge “A Sharper Sword and Stronger Shield” to preserve the peace or win a future war. The presentation describes the pentagonal organization and structural flexibility of the modern Army, new tactical concepts, and technological advancements in weapons and equipment. The presentation then goes on to show the new type of Army weapons, both nuclear and conventional, and the latest developments in air and ground equipment. It describes their use in carrying out the major elements of the modern tactical concept — dispersion, firepower, mobility, communications and surveillance, and support. A simulated task force then demonstrates the employment of new combat techniques, weapons, and equipment.
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