January 21, 2010

January 21, 2010 | News Releases on Nuclear Forces and Strategy

Bay Area Group to Screen Film on U.S. Missile Vulnerability

Washington, Jan. 21, 2010--In 33 minutes or less, American life as we know it could be forever altered. That's the time it would take a ballistic missile from North Korea or another foreign foe to strike San Francisco, New York and other U.S. cities.

And that's the gripping subject of 33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age," a one-hour documentary from The Heritage Foundation.The high-definition film, the leading Washington think tank's first documentary, will be screened Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park.

At 8 p.m., two top Heritage officials who appear in the film - Californian and former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and Kim R. Holmes, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies - will answer questions as part of a panel discussion. The event will begin with a reception at 6.

"33 Minutes," featuring previously unseen military footage, powerful graphics and interviews with defense experts and veteran public servants, examines how vulnerable America is to missile attack - and what needs to be done to achieve a comprehensive defense against the unthinkable.

Heritage analysts have warned that despite the growing danger from North Korea, Iran and other rogue states - and contrary to popular misconception - the U.S. government does not have systems in place capable of defending against all missile attacks on American cities.

The film will be presented by the SanFrancisco Bay Committee for Heritage, a community group made up of business and civic leaders who support the conservative public policy research of The Heritage Foundation. Paul Wick is chairman of the committee; Jerry Hume, Nersi Nazari and Howard Leach are honorary chairmen.

Nonrefundable registration is $30, or $20 for students. For details, e-mail special events@heritage.org.

The Heritage Foundation is the nation's most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 585,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Heritage, founded in February 1973, has a staff of 244 and an annual expense budget of more than $60 million.

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