You see, for some directors, a green screen, a computer and a few miniature models simply won’t do. Instead, they need to be big… real big. Sometimes you really need a couple of active duty destroyers to use as set, or a few fighter jets to do aerobatics for the camera. Where do you go? Straight to the source!
Although the Pentagon might have considerably fewer sides than a star on the Walk of Fame, it still gets its own special place in Hollywood because of its participation in various large Hollywood blockbusters. Just like Coke or Pepsi, the Department of Defense loves to advertise. And what better way to do that than provide military resources to willing film makers?