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Richard Arthur
Ric Arthur has written for The Last Ship, Hawaii Five-O, NCIS and Commander-in-Chief. He is Truman Project National Security Fellow, Navy reservist and the chair of Veterans in Entertainment Working Group (VIEWg).

Entries by Richard Arthur

Hollywood Loves Military Movies -- Shouldn't It Love Hiring Vets?

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 7:34 PM

Veterans who are filmmakers, such as Oliver Stone, Clint Eastwood, Ron Meyer and Rod Lurie, prove year after year that veterans have vital stories to tell, along with the drive and talent to succeed in the entertainment business. But, as the Greatest Generation walks off stage, the numbers of veterans...

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From the High Seas to Hollywood (Part I)

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 6:08 PM

Though both borrow from French Revival architectural style, no two buildings could be further apart in significance than Bancroft Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. One is where American naval officers are born, the other is where Hollywood legends go to die. Is it...

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The Next National Security

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 3:34 PM

By Jack d'Annibale and Richard Arthur

Last week, the USNS Mercy hospital ship completed its mission to Cambodia as part of the United States Navy's Pacific Partnership. Among the 29,000 patients treated by Navy doctors and Cambodian medical staff was a small boy who underwent a successful surgery. During pre-op,...

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No Horizon: A Cinematic Tale of Corruption, Greed and America

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 4:11 PM

2010: An oil rig blows up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven and beginning what will turn out to be the largest oil spill in American history. Thousands of miles of coastline will be covered with oil, shutting down fisheries, killing untold numbers of marine animals and stealing the...

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The Hurt Locker: Beyond Movie Magic

(11) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 5:55 PM

Much has been made of The Hurt Locker's unending tension and awful beauty as characters portrayed by Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty defuse IEDs on the urban battlefields of Iraq. But the film presents something more than entertainment. The writer, Mark Boal, and director, Kathryn Bigelow, have presented...

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It's Time to Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 4:44 PM

In his State of the Union speech last Wednesday, President Obama called for a repeal of the controversial "Don't ask, don't tell" directive that has kept gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military. Against the backdrop of California's continuing debate over gay marriage, the President's statement reflects...

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Time to Sell

(8) Comments | Posted October 12, 2009 | 11:16 AM

If Afghanistan was a stock, we would sell it. Their CEO is a crook, their corporate governance is woeful, and too many of their employees are uncommitted to success. Besides, even if they could actually get a product to market (peace? stability? democracy?) consumers could probably buy it elsewhere for...

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Bringing Democracy to Corporate America

(5) Comments | Posted March 30, 2009 | 2:47 PM

If U.S. government owns 80% of AIG and still can't force the company to quit overpaying their executives, something is very wrong. Read on, I have a solution because shareholders (also know as "owners") must have more of a say. Multi-national companies enjoy unprecedented power in every facet of public...

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Sarah Palin's Taken $125,000 Cash from Oil Companies

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2008 | 1:23 PM

How is America to take Sarah Palin seriously when, since 1983, she and her husband have taken $125,000 from the oil companies because she has lived in Alaska?

While the rest of America has been held hostage by high gas prices, her family has actually made a profit. Big...

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Bring the Corpses Down from our Lamp Posts!

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2008 | 3:40 PM

In the dark old days, bloodthirsty despots hung or staked the corpses of political prisoners and vanquished enemies in the city square as a brutal warning of their power.

Is that process continued today? Sort of. Leave it to the Germans to update the practice and then bring it...

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Offshore Oil: What Would Sun Tzu Do?

(17) Comments | Posted June 26, 2008 | 2:25 PM

President Bush is mounting an election-year initiative to end the federal ban on offshore drilling and oil exploration in ANWR. While high prices at the pump making any panacea attractive, drawing down those resources now irrevocably weakens America's long-term strategic resource positioning without even the benefit of a price break...

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