Section 2 - Apotheosis
Section 2 is organized into five Directorates. The Directorate of Intelligence is responsible for analyzing data resources collected by the other Directorates and formulating policy. The Directorate of Research is responsible for continuing to investigate the science of the Talent phenomenon and to develop new technology to supplement Section 2’s operations. The Directorate of Surveillance is responsible for high technology and Talent surveillance of information streams, via radio, satellite, cellular transmission, or other media. The Directorate of Security is responsible for the security of Section 2’s facilities and the investigation of breaches of physical or informational security. Finally, the Directorate of Operations is responsible for the prosecution of covert operations of all varieties, including but not limited to spycraft, wetwork, infiltration, exfiltration, and resource retrieval.
The Directorate of Operations employs a number of key personnel in addition to many Operatives. These personnel ensure the effectiveness of Section 2’s operations. You will be expected to know who they are, and to make use of the resources they represent.
The current Director of Operations, Lee Ann Ming, ascended to the post shortly before the attacks of November 5, 2006 and is credited with decisive leadership that saved billions of lives. She was once a foreign Talent Intelligence Operative who defected from China to Section 2. Her subsequent successes and unflinching dedication to the aims of Section 2 have earned her the trust of Oversight. The Director is in charge of every aspect of the Directorate of Operations. It is her task to understand the larger needs of Section 2 and to craft operations to further those needs. All subordinate personnel are ultimately her responsibility and she sees to it that the Directorate runs smoothly and efficiently. The Director will often brief Operations Teams personally before an operation and occasionally oversees debriefing.
Matthew Amundson is the current head of Personnel. It is his responsibility to recruit, train, and maintain the continued healthy operation of the Directorate’s Talent Operatives. Mr. Amundson often oversees debriefing of an Operations Team and institutes disciplinary measures and rewards. Mr. Amundson, in consultation with the Director, is in charge of the Abeyance List, and is responsible for ensuring that all Operatives are properly classified.
Travis Sinclair is the current head of Technical Resources. His team maintains communications and surveillance systems, and coordinates with Operatives in the Field to ensure they have the latest intelligence. This department also works closely with the Directorate of Research to procure the latest weapons and equipment. One technician from this department is assigned as Operator for all Operations. The Operator facilitates intelligence resources and provides a view of the bigger picture often missed in the heat of conflict. The Operator is a vital resource for any Team Leader.
Tanya Weiss and John McIver are the Information Extraction specialists assigned to the Directorate of Operations. They work in conjunction with the Directorate of Security to ensure that captured information resources are efficiently tapped. They also work with Personnel Management to assess whether captured Talent resources are suitable for recruitment as Operatives.
Sarah Tyrone is the head of the Transport department. The Directorate of Operations maintains a number of Transport Specialists who are responsible for moving personnel and equipment quickly and efficiently. Transport is often called upon to deliver Operatives to the field and to extract them when the operation is complete.
Amelia Cross Sawyer is the Director of Negotiation. She and her small team of diplomats are responsible for overseeing those operations deemed more likely to succeed through talking rather than violence.
Most of the remaining personnel of the Directorate of Operations are Operatives. The Director and Personnel Management put together teams of Operatives to fill the needs of ongoing Operations. One Operative is designated Team Leader, and is responsible for the success of the Operation as well as providing decisive leadership in the field. Team Leaders are almost always Operatives who have demonstrated their capability, efficiency, and cool under fire.
Housekeeping Teams are in every way the same as an Operation Team except their task is to clean up after a successful (or unsuccessful) Operation. They will often wait in reserve until called in by the Operations Team or their Operator. Their task is to ensure minimal exposure of the primary team, clean up any security breaches, dispose of collateral damage, and occasionally liquidate all evidence of a particularly botched operation.
Often there are Operations that have a higher than acceptable margin of failure but which are deemed suitably important to risk an attempt anyway. Such Operations are assigned to an Abeyance Team. This is in every way the same as an Operations Team except that it is drawn from the ranks of those Operatives who, through repeated failure or demonstrable disloyalty, have earned Abeyance Status. In the unlikely event that Operatives assigned to an Abeyance Team should survive or even succeed in the Operation, their Abeyance Status is re-evaluated.
Every member of the Directorate of Operations, up to and including the Director herself, are Operatives. They fall within five Grades.
- Grade 5 – Basic Operative.
- Grade 4 – Operative with specialist skills or leadership potential. Considered for Operations Leader or Operator.
- Grade 3 – Operative who has consistently succeeded in their operations. Typically assigned to high-profile or high-responsibility tasks
- Grade 2 – Operative who has achieved a certain degree of autonomy or leadership within Section.
- Grade 1 – The highest grade an Operative can achieve. The Director and all Department Heads are Grade 1. Field Operatives of this Grade almost always operate alone.