8. The Real Charlie from Top Gun

Sometimes truth is more interesting than fiction. Christine Fox was a defense analyst working at the Navy’s legendary fighter school in Miramar, California when a Hollywood producer decided she’d be the perfect inspiration for Tom Cruise’s love interest in the 1986 blockbuster "Top Gun." But that was just the start of Fox’s incredible career — she’d go on to become the most senior woman at the Pentagon, serving under multiple defense secretaries. In this episode she talks about her role in the "Top Gun" legacy, and what it means to her to have been a trailblazing woman in national security.

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