Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy
When I joined the Navy, The Hunt for Red October had just come out and everyone was talking about it. I was sent to Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic - Dam Neck, VA to train as an Operations Specialist. We were told that the course had been completely redesigned due to the book being published.
The book had been rejected by every major publishing house and so with nothing left to loose he sent it to the Navy, specifically the Naval Institute Press. The story we got was that when the retired Admiral running the Press was told about the book and read it he called in Naval Intelligence. Story goes that they sat down with Clancy and went step by step through the book and asked him where he got his information. He showed them his research and satisfied them that it was all in the public domain.
I don't know how much of this story was true and how much of it was a sea story. But I do know that they did a Top Secret background check before sending me to school and I was told that the clearance for the course had been downgraded to Confidential. I also know that the course was completely updated a couple of months before I started it.