By Washington correspondent Kim Landers
The US military says it wants to help a new generation of filmmakers present what it calls a "more realistic" representation of America's men and women in uniform, in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
But critics say the US military is trying to censor films and that Hollywood studios are selling out. Many of the movies about Iraq have been controversial. The film Stop Loss deals with a veteran who refuses to go back for another tour of duty. It is no surprise movies like this have not won the approval of the US military.
But one man is trying to change that. Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale was stationed in Iraq in 2006 and now this former artillery officer works in public affairs for the US Army. With posters from movies like Black Hawk Down and War of the Worlds on the walls of his Los Angeles office, Lieutenant Colonel Breasseale is embarking on a different mission - helping movie makers deliver what he calls a "more realistic" version of the US army.
Lieutenant Colonel Breasseale denies that his script advice is really some sort of censorship, or some sort of attempt to spin the war.
"I would ask them to define what censorship is then. Because as our US Supreme Court has defined censorship, and as I understand it from legal definitions, censorship is where I as a government entity would go to someone who is expressing an artistic vision and saying 'not only are you not going to do this, but I'm going to tell you how to do it, and if you do it any way then I'm going to make sure that you don't work again'," he said.
David Robb is the Los Angeles-based author of the book Operation Hollywood, which investigated the relationship between film makers and the Pentagon.
The producers want to save money and the military want to put positive portrayals of the military in front of the American people."
Not many of the latest batch of movies about Iraq or Afghanistan have been box office hits and Lieutenant Colonel Breasseale thinks he knows why.