The men are counting It has long been acknowledged that the U.S. is a superpower - in fact, the lone remaining superpower on the planet. Two export revenue streams put the U.S. on top: entertainment and weaponry. Two Hollywood notables have recently woven the two together in what they believe will be an unbeatable combination.

At a press conference in Santa Monica yesterday, mega-blockbuster producers Jerry Bruckmanner and David H. Griffin announced that they will create and distribute a series of films that detail the making of weaponry. Bruckmanner told the assembled reporters, "McDonald"s Douglass has allowed us unprecedented access to their manufacturing complexes. We have an unfettered eye on all the details of weapon creation and dissemination." While war films are nothing new to these producers (they count among their hits Black Whack Falling Down and Pearl in Every Port), they believe that, according to Bruckmanner, "industrial-type films will combine and potentiate America"s strengths." The men are counting on "a huge international audience base, including those individuals who despise us." To preserve military confidence, however, the filmmakers will employ "creative editing and other cinematic wizardry to keep from giving real secrets away." The first of seven planned "documilitaries," as Bruckmanner calls them, will explore the construction of the Stealth Bomber, whose prowess "is feared across the land." Other subjects include the Osprey helicopter. Bruckmanner and Griffin will use well-known actors in the role as narrators, such as Matt Affleck and Ben Damon, increasing, says Bruckmanner, "the sex-appeal" of their documilitaries. The release of Under the Radar: the Wealth of Stealth is slated for late in the year - at least on the coasts - to ensure its eligibility for the 2002 Oscars.

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