recommended reading

Navy SEAL author cashing in on Special Ops video game

There's more than one way to profit from your experience in the military. For Matt Bisonnette, the former Navy SEAL Team 6 member who wrote a book about killing Osama bin Laden, that includes offering consulting services to a big name video game maker. 

The Los Angeles Times' Alex Pham reports that Bissonnette is a consultant for Electronic Arts' upcoming Special Forces video game Medal of Honor: Warfighter. For video game sequences based in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the game's Los Angeles developers are putting a premium on authenticity, according to Pham, and are working closely with Bissonnette's consulting firm Silent R.  "The team consulted with several special forces soldiers to make sure the settings, weapons and other aspects of the fighting within the game was realistic," reports Pham. "One of those consultants was Bissonnette."

The news of Bissonnette's latest business endeavor comes as he receives a wave of criticism from current and former service members in the Special Ops community for writing No Easy Day, set for release September 11. "When you leave the compound, you leave the secrets there," said Don Mann, a former member of SEAL Team 6 speaking with the Daily Beast's Eli Lake. “As soon as bin Laden was killed, it was known I was a member. I got three lucrative offers. I told them, ‘What I know you would want to know, I am not going to let you know.'"

Roger Castens, a former Army Special Forces officer, expressed similar displeasure with the book's release. “I am on a few list-servs,” he told Lake. “This topic has been a heavy and heated discussion with almost everyone asking WTF?”

It should be said in Bissonnette's defense, his publisher Dutton says, "the majority" of proceeds from the book will go to "unnamed charities that support families of Navy SEALs killed in the line of duty." In addition, there's also the public interest argument that the story deserves to be told from a first person account, given the number of revisions there's been to the official White House account. As Bissonnette writes in the book, "it is time to set the record straight about one of the most important missions in U.S. military history."

READ THE REST AT THE ATLANTIC WIRE.

Below, a trailer for Medal of Honor: Warfighter:

Threatwatch Alert

Accidentally leaked credentials / Misplaced data

Boeing Employee Emails 36,000 Coworkers’ Personal Info to Spouse

See threatwatch report

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

    Download
  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.