Tuesday, 17 March, 2009
Here's Tim Whewell with news of what's coming up in tonight's programme:
It looks like we are approaching an historic turning-point in the relationship that once defined the history of our planet. After years when many feared a new cold war, America is now talking of hitting the reset button in relations with Russia. Today President Medvedev announced a major re-armament programme, and the country has embarked on a massive reform of its million-strong forces - the biggest upheaval, many believe, since the Bolshevik Revolution. In today's Russia it is hard for journalists to get access to military bases, but I recently persuaded the top brass to let me visit two of their most interesting units, where Russia's "top guns" train fellow pilots and test new aircraft. I got a chance to ride in their new airborne combat vehicles and watch their latest fighter-bomber - the Su-34 - in action. But I also heard about the mistakes they made in their most recent war, in Georgia, which are now prompting a drastic rethink of how the armed forces are organised and commanded. My report on what Russia now wants from its military leads the programme tonight. You can read more and watch some clips about Russia's military and the controversial reforms it is undergoing here.
Also tonight: a damning report into the A & E department at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust finds that hundreds may have died needlessly. Matt Prodger examines whether or not health care targets are actually hurting patients.
And David Grossman will look at whether the spotlight on Sir Fred is leaving other guilty parties in the shadows.
Do join us at 10.30pm.