Posts Tagged ‘US Navy’

ClandesTime 094 – How Many Films has the Pentagon Supported?

The Department of Defense is the government agency with the largest and most influential operations in Hollywood. But to how many films have they provided production assistance? How many movies have they supported? In this episode we explore the answer to this question, why it is so difficult to answer ...
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Updated ‘Complete’ List of DOD Films

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 ...
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‘Bin Laden Burial’ Took Place on Top Gun Ship

Following the raid in Abbottabad in May 2011 the body of 'Osama Bin Laden' was flown to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, where Commander of US Special Forces Admiral William McRaven did not initially recognise him.  From there the body was flown to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, ...
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Blazing Saddles, Dick Jokes and Racism in the US Navy

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

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 ...
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The Pentagon, NASA and Comic-Con

Comic-Con has been a useful (and fun) hunting ground for the Pentagon's entertainment liaison offices for several 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 ...
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Tom Clancy’s FBI File (Part II)

Tom Clancy was one of the best selling spy authors of all time, known not only for his technical accuracy - gleaned through extensive government contacts - but also for an uncanny ability to predict the future.  Part of his FBI file was released in 2014 but in recent weeks ...
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The CIA’s Nest of Vipers at Sony Pictures

Last autumn's hack of Sony Pictures achieved several things - promoting their comedy film The Interview, creating a minor political storm that increased tensions with North Korea, and helping to cement the increasingly solid relationship between the White House, Hollywood and the intelligence services.  Recently, wikileaks published the entire fruits ...
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DOD Production Agreement for Godzilla (2014)

This production agreement between the Department of Defense and Nautilus Productions LLC is relatively typical, from the handful I have seen, and so provides a useful benchmark for how the DOD-Hollywood relationship works.  It is very similar, for example, to the equivalent agreement for Battleship. The first US attempt at ...
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DOD instructions on support for entertainment and media

DOD instructions on support for entertainment and media

As with everything the DOD do their long standing relationship with entertainment and media is governed by a strict code of military discipline.  These people can't do anything without first writing down a series of orders and instructions on how to do it (neither of these sentences is true, of ...
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