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Top Gun: Maverick. The Pentagon Recruitment Drive

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Top Gun: Maverick. The Pentagon Recruitment Drive

Top Gun: Maverick

Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Hollywood, like the US press, has not been spared the influential hand of government.  Under the mask of various projects, the defence establishment has sought to influence the narrative of Freedom Land’s pursuits, buying a stake in the way exploits are marketed or, when needed, buried.

The extent of such collaboration, manipulation and interference can be gathered in National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood (2017).  Matthew Alford and Tom Secker argue that a number of operations mounted by the Pentagon, the CIA and the FBI were designed to further “violent, American-centric solutions to international problems based on twisted readings of history.”

The US Air Force has its own Entertainment Liaison Office in Hollywood, run by director Lieutenant Colonel Glen Roberts.  “Our job,” he explained in 2016, “is to project and protect the image of the US Air Force and its Airmen in the entertainment space.”  Propaganda is not a word he knows, even though he is its most ardent practitioner.  He describes the involvement of his office across scripted or unscripted television, movies, documentaries, reality TV, award and game shows, sporting events and video games.  Its purpose: “to present the Air Force and its people in a credible, realistic way” and provide the entertainment industry with “access to Airmen, bases and equipment if they meet certain standards set by the Department of Defense.”

No more blatant has this link between celluloid, entertainment and the military industrial complex been evident than in the promotion of Top Gun.  When it hit the cinemas in 1986, the US military received a wash of service academy applications, though finding exact recruitment figures linked to the film has not been easy.  (This has not stopped publications such as Military History Now confidently asserting that interest in US Navy flight training rose 500% that year.)

The film was, after all, nothing else than a relentless, eye-goggling advertisement (well, at least 100 minutes) for the US military, a sequence of swerves, testosterone jerks and puerile masculinity.  “It was probably the most realistic flying move that I’d seen, and it just left a mark on me,” Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Brown told a gathering at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. last August.  “I was out of pilot training, and I was already going to fighters, so it was one of those where you kind of go ‘that’s pretty realistic.’”

Top Gun also served as something of a palette cleanser for US power, bruised by its failings in Indochina and hobbled by the “Vietnam Syndrome”.  In the words of Roger Stahl, a communications academic based at the University of Georgia, “The original Top Gun arrived just in time to clean up this image and clear the way for a more palatable high-tech vision of imperialism and ultimately the Persian Gulf War.”

With Top Gun: Maverick, the collaboration between the Pentagon and the film’s producers is unerring and nakedly evident.  While Cruise plays the role of a rule breaking pilot who lives up to his name, his production is distinctly obedient to the dictates of the US Navy.

It’s also worth noting that Cruise has had trouble using the facilities of other defence ministries to shoot his films given his ties to the Church of Scientology.  There has been no such trouble with the Pentagon.  Both, it seems, have mutual fantasies to promote.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information show that the movie only proceeded with the proviso of extensive defence involvement.  The production agreement between the Department of Defense (DoD) and Paramount Pictures is explicit in outlining the role.  The US Marine Corps expressly guaranteed providing 20 Marines from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, California “to appear as an official funeral detail for the filming sequence” along with access to MCAS Miramar “to enable actors the opportunity to experience flight simulator training.  All aspects of familiarization and training will be captured by second production unit.”

In return for such access to equipment and facilities, along with necessary technical support and personnel, the DoD openly mentions assigning “a senior staff, post-command Officer to review with public affairs the script’s thematics and weave in key talking points relevant to the aviation community”.

Clause 19 of the agreement reiterates the importance of the Pentagon’s role in the production process.  A “viewing of the roughly edited, but final version of the production (the ‘rough cut’)” was to be provided to the DoD, relevant project officers, and the DoD Director of Entertainment Media “at a stage of editing when changes can be accommodated”.  This would enable the “DoD to confirm that the tone of the military sequences substantially conforms to the agreed script treatment, or narrative description”.  Any material deemed compromising would result in its removal.

The USAF has gone into an enthusiastic recruitment drive, hoping to inject some verve into the numbers.  In of itself, this is unremarkable, given a shortage of pilots that was already being pointed out in March 2018.  That month, Congress was warned about a shortfall of 10 percent equating to 2,100 of the 21,000 pilots required to pursue the National Defence Strategy.  Shortages were also being noted by the US Navy.

Recruitment stalls have mushroomed across movie halls.  Navy spokesperson Commander Dave Benham is hopeful. “We think Top Gun: Maverick will certainly raise awareness and should positively contribute to individual decisions to serve in the Navy.”  With the film running throughout the country, the Navy’s recruitment goals for the 2022 financial year of 40,000 enlistees and 3,800 officers in both active and reserve components may be that much easier.

Patriotic publications have also delighted in the recruitment pap of the new film, seeing it as eminently more suitable and chest-beating than advertising gimmicks such as the 2-minute video featuring Corporal Emma Malonelord.  Released last year, it features an individual who operates the US Patriotic Missile Air Defence system.  From the outset, we are told about a “little girl raised by two moms” in California.  “Although I had a fairly typical childhood, took ballet, played violin, I also marched for equality.  I like to think I’ve been defending freedom from an early age.”

The video is also pap of a different type.  It shows that those freedom loving types in defence can also be musical, balletic products of lesbian unions and peaceful protest.  “Emma’s reason for joining up is selfish,” states a sneering piece in The Federalist.  “There is zero in the video to inspire any kind of bravery, sacrifice, duty, honor, integrity, excellence, teamwork, or respect.”  Senator Ted Cruz was blunter in his assessment.  “Holy crap.  Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea”.

Best leave it to the likes of Cruise the patriot scientologist, lubricated with tips and much assistance from the Pentagon, to give their version of service in the US military.  Even if it is deceptive, controlled tripe.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge.  He currently lectures at RMIT University.  Email: bkampmark@gmail.com

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This ain’t 1986!…

And any pill head that would want to fly a 45 year old airplane up against an SU-34/57 or a MIG-31 has a death wish!…

After 50 years of L0$ing… This ain’t even Vietnam or Korea!… And if any of those veterans are still alive they would say you have to be either bat shit insane… doing good drugs… Or BOTH to want a square off with the Bear in his habitat given “where we’ve been”!…

Maverick better be flying his F-18 with a “joystick” 5 thousand miles away in Arlington Va as a drone at this stage of America’s military “devolution”!…

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Justin

No i didnt (yet) however, South Front has shown maybe 5 of such occurrences in Saudi Arabia with the Patriot system. No kidding. Have you seen it? its in 1080p HD @ 30 frames per second. The missile it was supposed to hit reached its target too. I wonder if this is the reason why Saudi Arabia showed interest in the S-400 and why they wont increase oil production for the USA. Maybe they feel pissed off and want to profit a bit from the high prices. Maybe this is their way of getting back at the US?

Justin

No i didnt (yet) however, South Front has shown maybe 5 of such occurrences in Saudi Arabia with the Patriot system. No kidding. Have you seen it? its in 1080p HD @ 30 frames per second. The missile it was supposed to hit reached its target too. I wonder if this is the reason why Saudi Arabia showed interest in the S-400 and why they wont increase oil production for the USA. Maybe they feel pissed off and want to profit a bit from the high prices. Maybe this is their way of getting back at the US?

Justin

Come on dude. Im pro Russia in this war but what u said makes no sense at all. I know ill get down voted for this but u cant just say stuff like this and feel good about it because all the other Pro Russian’s on this site upvoted it. The USA has good aircraft so dont go saying this stuff. SU-57 became half price a few years back after a plane crashed (engine failure). The SU-35 is double its price. The SU-57 has friggin Rivet marks on all of its joints and you are saying its awesome? Stop! Its okay thats what it is. Its just a prototype designed for learning for the next project. So stop on the SU-57 being a great plane. its not! The half price proves this. Okay and a Mig-29 (an old and not updated one) shot down an SU-35 about 3 weeks a go. What does that say? Hmmm? The MIG-31 is cool. But again, it is only as good as the weapons it carries. Its not much faster than an F-15. By the way the new F-15X is getting super cruise. So that says something. The F-16 are good dude so dont knock them. The best aircraft is the F-5 if you ask me. Cheap and has a great record even against modern aircraft which is why Iran was smart to copy it. You need to stop with the bias crap. Yes the USA does make some shit stuff but aircraft is not one of them. Humble yourself and be happy Russia is winning. You sound like a kid on a playground telling the other kids that your Dad can beat up other kids dads. Where in reality its bullshit. F-16 is a damn good aircraft. Damn good!

Toxic Male

The original one at least had a legendary soundtrack. And the cast wasn’t worn-out and aged yet. Those remakes and reboots are so uninspired and above all unoriginal. A declining empire desperately tries to go back to its prime.

There might be a spike in recruitment figures again, but whos gonna go there? Americas unfit, unhealthy woke vaxxd soyboy youth?

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zefplock

Who wana become pink paint for russian tanks ?

Ray

Binoi Kampmark, another “dissident” who works for the government.

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flush goes the nation

This movie is an embarrassment and just as fake a s the first one. Tom Hanks Sucks too.

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WhitePride1488

It’s just jewish green screen trash like the rest of wokewood movies and shows. Cheaply filmed in a warehouse in Los Angeles and then computer rendered. Who watches anything that comes out of wokewood anyway?

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Valens

The original was garbage, one of the most overhyped and overrated movies of all time. “Join The Navy” shallow propaganda plus some cheap love story exploiting Cruise’s charisma at the high of his popularity. Part of Reagan-CIA-Hollywood alliance effort to make US military cool after traumas from Vietnam, along with Rambo and shitload of other crap back in 1980s. But at at least Hollywood movies back in ’80s were actually fun to watch. Dumb, but fun.

Hollywood today is not even fun, only extremely dumb: endless reboots, remakes, recycling, comic book CGI garbage and LGBT propaganda. I guess that’s why this movie became so popular among Trumpists and other Western right-wingers: it’s propaganda but it’s old school Pentagon propaganda: Uncle Sam wants you, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran/Ruskies, Americans always win against numerically and even technologically superior enemies, because US is soooo exceptional. Join The Navy!

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