Spy Culture Blog by Tom Secker

Reviews, articles and media appearances featuring me and my work.

On Her Majesty’s Clandestime Service - Tom Secker on Fortress on a Hill

On Her Majesty’s Clandestime Service – Tom Secker on Fortress on a Hill

Chris and Danny from Fortress on a Hill invited me onto their podcast to discuss militarism in Hollywood, the DOD's role in altering scripts, how recruitment propaganda works in the UK, the military vs intelligence approaches to counterinsurgency and other related topics. Via Fortress on a Hill: Tom Secker visits ...
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Phil Strub Retired 6 Months Ago and No One Reported It

Phil Strub Retired 6 Months Ago and No One Reported It

In July the Pentagon's Hollywood liaison Philip Strub retired after 29 years in the job.  Mysteriously, this was not reported by any media outlet, small or large, mainstream or independent.  Despite having influenced literally thousands of movies, TV shows, documentaries and video games in the last three decades, Strub's retirement ...
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National Security Cinema - Responses to FAQs

National Security Cinema – Responses to FAQs

Since launching National Security Cinema last year, Matt and I have encountered a lot of questions about the field.  These are our answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions and Comments about entertainment liaison offices and the politics of Hollywood films. Summary of Criticism: You have a book ...
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Review - War School: The Battle for Britain's Children

Review – War School: The Battle for Britain’s Children

It isn't often that I see a film that angers and educates me in equal measure.  War School: The Battle for Britain's Children is a new documentary exploring the growing peace movement in the UK, and the militarisation of British schools for propaganda and recruitment purposes.  It highlights the widespread ...
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War Machine vs Charlie Wilson’s War – Tom Secker on Around the Empire (Part 2)

War Machine vs Charlie Wilson’s War – Tom Secker on Around the Empire (Part 2)

Joanne invited me on the Around the Empire podcast to do a ‘high level compare and contrast’ of two war comedy films set in different wars in Afghanistan: Charlie Wilson’s War and War Machine.  The films are similar in many respects – both comedies, both have A-list lead actors, both ...
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War Machine vs Charlie Wilson's War - Tom Secker on Around the Empire (Part 1)

War Machine vs Charlie Wilson’s War – Tom Secker on Around the Empire (Part 1)

Joanne invited me on the Around the Empire podcast to do a 'high level compare and contrast' of two war comedy films set in different wars in Afghanistan: Charlie Wilson's War and War Machine.  The films are similar in many respects - both comedies, both have A-list lead actors, both ...
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