Posts Tagged ‘Phil Strub’

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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Top Gun 'Rehabilitated the Military's Image' After Vietnam, According to the Pentagon

Top Gun ‘Rehabilitated the Military’s Image’ After Vietnam, According to the Pentagon

The late Cold War classic Top Gun is one of the most well-liked military movies of all time. It's combination of romance, comedy and never-seen-before aerial action was made possible by extensive support from the DOD, particularly the US Navy. It is credited with significantly boosting military recruitment, but it ...
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Subscriber Podcast #22 - Did the Marvel Cinematic Universe Troll the Pentagon?

Subscriber Podcast #22 – Did the Marvel Cinematic Universe Troll the Pentagon?

Marvel have enjoyed a long-running and mutually beneficial relationship with the Pentagon, but there was a falling out during production of The Avengers (2012).  On this month's subscriber-only podcast I examine two of the MCU films that immediately followed this argument - Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter ...
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Cover Up: After More than 2 Years, the US Navy Releases an Entirely Redacted Set of Movie Script Notes

Cover Up: After More than 2 Years, the US Navy Releases an Entirely Redacted Set of Movie Script Notes

In March 2016 I submitted a request to the US Navy for copies of entertainment liaison office reports, script notes and production assistance agreements. Over a hundred emails and three appeals later they have finally released some script notes to me, but the document is almost entirely redacted ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom Secker on The Dangerous History Podcast

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on The Dangerous History Podcast

Professor CJ invited me onto his Dangerous History Podcast recently to discuss the research behind National Security Cinema, what we found, and what it means. We talk about conspiracy theories, how I got into this line of research, what methods I employed, the nature of the entertainment liaison offices and ...
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The Military-Entertainment Complex - Tom Secker on Sirota

The Military-Entertainment Complex – Tom Secker on Sirota

David Sirota invited me onto his podcast to talk about National Security Cinema and how the DOD and CIA secretly shape pop culture. This was a rapid-fire conversation where we got into examples of political censorship by government agencies, the operations of the entertainment liaison offices, the scale of this ...
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Subscriber Podcast #14 - How the Pentagon Rewrote Lone Survivor

Subscriber Podcast #14 – How the Pentagon Rewrote Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor is one of very few recent DOD-supported films that is based on real events from the war on terror.  In a period where the Pentagon is more interested in Transformers and superhero movies, Lone Survivor is an exception.  Reports from the military Hollywood offices called it 'a two ...
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Spy Culture in Critical Sociology

Spy Culture in Critical Sociology

I am proud to announce that Critical Sociology have today published an article I co-wrote with Matt Alford that sums up the major findings from our research for National Security Cinema.  Titled 'New Evidence for the Surprisingly Significant Propaganda Role of the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Defense in ...
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ClandesTime 124 - Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help)

ClandesTime 124 – Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help)

The book of Ecclesiastes tells us, ‘The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.’ Even the idea that there is nothing new is thousands of years old ...
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The Influence of Military/Security Agencies on Hollywood - Tom on Unauthorized Disclosure

The Influence of Military/Security Agencies on Hollywood – Tom on Unauthorized Disclosure

Kevin Gosztola interviewed me for Unauthorized Disclosure about National Security Cinema. This was a different kind of interview, as many of Kevin's questions and comments were about why it matters that the CIA, Pentagon and other agencies are influencing Hollywood scripts ...
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Films Are Not Your Friends - A National Security Cinema Presentation (video)

Films Are Not Your Friends – A National Security Cinema Presentation (video)

A few weeks ago Matt and I were invited to Portsmouth University to give a presentation on our research and analysis for National Security Cinema. We opted to do an interactive multi-media workshop that explains how the relationship between government and Hollywood works, and how this influences what we end ...
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Trump's Transmilitary Ban and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

Trump’s Transmilitary Ban and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

In June 2016 the Pentagon repealed a ban on openly transgender people serving in the US military. A year later and Tzar Trump I has reinstated the ban, causing a panic among the liberal Left for whom the right of transgender people to kill innocent civilians in foreign countries is ...
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