Behind the Story — Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

Last entry, I shared my co-author, Captain Dick Couch, article in the March-April issue of the U.S Naval Academy’s Shipmate magazine.  Also in that issue of Shipmate, I captured the story of our book, Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor, as well as the hit movie, Act of Valor.

Act of Valor, a Bandito Brothers/Relativity Media production, was released for wide theatrical distribution in February 2012. Starring active duty Navy SEALs, the film is a fictionalized account of real life operations. But it is the story within the story about how the film came to be made that is as intriguing as the movie and subsequent novelization.

Like many things that still profoundly influence us today, it started on 11 September  2001, a day that is riveted into the consciousness of all Americans. Within the Department of Defense (DoD) 9-11 caused a national catharsis, one that inspired civilian and military leaders to rethink how to deal with threats to the nation in the 21st century. As this re-evaluation began to take shape, one aspect became immediately apparent — the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) would have a vastly more prominent role in dealing with 21st century threats to the United States….

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