The close ties between the United States’ military and the US movie and television industry is one of the biggest open secrets in Hollywood. It’s not that anyone is trying to hide the cooperation between government and business in the production of high profile films and TV shows, especially the genre releases that have become a staple of the summer season. It’s just that neither side feels the need to overly advertise it either. While most observers believe that the shocking events of 9/11 and the so-called War on Terror spurred a new era of collaboration between the Pentagon and Hollywood, the template actually goes back to tail end of the Cold War and a slow rebuilding of relationships following the post-Vietnam lows of the 1970s (with the Tony Scott-helmed Top Gun in 1986 being a prime example of the growing detente). Contemporary levels of cooperation don’t just manifest themselves in the Pentagon’s supply of military men and materials to fill up the cinema screen. In many cases the liaison people for the Department of Defense are given a say over the film and television scripts, requesting changes to scenes and dialogue in order to better reflect the image and policies of the US government. Which blurs the line between privately-funded entertainment and state-sponsored propaganda.