Posts Tagged ‘US Navy’

Updated ‘Complete’ List of DOD Films

Published November 23rd 2016

Sometimes the Freedom of Information Act is a strange beast and you receive something you didn’t ask for, but are still happy to get. That happened to me recently when in response to a request about the Pentagon’s Hollywood database I received an updated list of DOD Films – movies that were assisted by the DOD. The list is larger than the version released to me in 2014, though it is also missing a number of entries from the 2014 version.

‘Bin Laden Burial’ Took Place on Top Gun Ship

Published June 1st 2016

Following the raid in Abbottabad in May 2011 the body of ‘Osama Bin Laden’ was flown to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, where Admiral William McRaven did not initially recognise him. From there the body was flown to the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier, where an autopsy was performed before a burial at sea. This is the same aircraft carrier that 25 years earlier featured in the film Top Gun.

Blazing Saddles, Dick Jokes and Racism in the US Navy

Published May 22nd 2016

Blazing Saddles is one of the greatest American spoofs of all time, satirising not just Westerns and the whole cowboy archetype but also the racism prevalent in much of Western society. It remains one of my favourite comedies, and possibly Mel Brooks’ best film. While the film itself was not sponsored by the state (at least as far as I know) it did turn up in a recent Navy investigation into misconduct by a senior officer. The exact nature of the complaint involving Blazing Saddles has to be seen to be believed.

ClandesTime 075 – The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part II: The Government Connections

Published April 4th 2016

Tom Clancy’s books are known for their technical accuracy, their political realism and their curious ability to foreshadow future events. In this episode we explore his government connections – to the FBI, CIA, Pentagon and the White House. We examine whether these connections are what enabled Clancy to write such prophetic fiction, and the impact of that on his readers. We also look at the influence of Clancy’s work on the government, from an elaborate inside joke within the CIA to the reading habits of Ronald Reagan. We round off looking at two possible Clancy copycats, both American men who flew planes into buildings (one before 9/11 and one after).

The Pentagon, NASA and Comic-Con

Published January 9th 2016

Comic-Con has been a useful (and fun) hunting ground for the Pentagon’s entertainment liaison offices for years, but NASA have recently jumped on the bandwagon. The combination of nerds and sci-fi fanatics has proven too alluring to ignore and so one of the world’s biggest scientific institutions has joined the world’s largest military organisation in exploiting this opportunity.

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