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US Army Gets Secret Advice from Hollywood
[Posted 8 October 2001]
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"In particular...the entertainment industry can offer [the Army] expertise in understanding plot and character, as well as advice on scenario training." - (BBC, 8 October 2001)

TENC Note: The following is a report from BBC about secret meetings between US military intelligence and Hollywood movie makers, including the screenwriter of terrorist-thriller 'Die Hard,' a movie which features terrorists who plot to blow up a skyscraper. The US military is seeking advice on how to develop the plot, the characters, and the sense of suspense in future terrorist attacks.

[START of REPORT]

Monday, 8 October, 2001, 12:36 GMT 13:36 UK

American intelligence specialists are reported to have "secretly" sought advice on handling terrorist attacks from Hollywood film-makers.

According to the trade paper Variety, a discussion group between movie and military representatives was held at the University of Southern California last week.

The group is said to have been set up by the US Army to discuss future terrorist activity in the wake of the attacks of 11 September.

Among those reported to have been involved were Die Hard screenwriter Steven E De Souza and Joseph Zito, director of Delta Force One and Missing in Action.

Other, more conventional, feature makers were also said to have been present, including Randal Kleiser, who made Grease.

Expertise

Such a scenario - where the army turns to the creators of film fantasy for advice about real-life disaster - would seem an unusual, not to say unlikely, reversal of roles.

Variety dismissed the notion that such a scenario - where the army turns to the creators of film fantasy for advice about real-life disaster - was unusual, not to say unlikely, reversal of roles.

The paper argues that there is much the masters of screen suspense can offer the US Army in the way of tactical advice.

In particular, says Variety, the entertainment industry can offer expertise in understanding plot and character, as well as advice on scenario training.

The US Army is also behind the university's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT).

The ICT calls upon the resources and talents of the entertainment industry and computer scientists to help with virtual reality scenario simulation.

Variety reported that the ICT's creative director James Korris confirmed that the meetings between the film-makers and the US Army were taking place.

However, the paper added that Mr Korris had refused to give details as to what specific recommendations had been made to the US government.

[END of REPORT]

Source:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/entertainment/film/newsid_1586000/1586468.stm

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FURTHER READING
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'
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http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/devries/psyops.htm

Also see 'The American army loves CNN' at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/devries/love.htm

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