As a child, the fearless and adventurous archaeologist Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr., took many kids from the comfort of their living room to a world only imaginable overlaid against real life quasi-historical events and locations. Long before I was a military leader, I was forever ingrained by some of the popular culture of the 1980s movies, whether taking lessons from Star Wars or learning that knowing is half the battle, as taught by G.I. Joe.

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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was released 38 years ago this week. Most of us remember Star Wars, its two sequels, and three prequels for its morality tales. But — intentionally or not — George Lucas gave us a glimpse into power politics, foreshadowing major events in the War on Terror. Here are just a few Star Wars themes which resonate with present-day, U.S. national security.

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