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Old 05-10-2010, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default Tactical Shooting: A New World: A Private War On Narcoterrorism

Just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, the city of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua is an urban warzone. Mexican Presidente Felipe Calderon has sent in more than 7500 federales and soldiers to keep the peace, but the vicious turf wars of the narcoterroristas continue unabated. The municipal police has been disarmed by the federal troops; their loyalty so suspect that they are viewed as more likely to use them to resist the military than the narcoterroristas.

The US government is committed to opposing the criminal syndicates that market their produce across the American border. In recent years, voices warning that the security situation in Mexico is deteriorating so fast that it is in danger of becoming a failed state have grown increasingly loud. As a result, the financial assistance of the United States has been augmented with other methods. As a result of a recent change in the Mexican Constitution, local criminals suspected of crimes inside the US may be extradited there to face justice. Task forces of US and Mexican police investigate cases and plan interdiction together. Private security consultants from the United States have trained Mexican security troops or put together plans for new security initiatives. Some of these consultants have had national stature, such as former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

The most controversial initiative of the US remains direct law enforcement inside the borders of Mexico. As yet, US officers have not attempted to arrest Mexican criminals across the Rio Grande, but undercover investigators answering to federal law enforcement agencies such as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have been dispatched to infiltrate the ranks of Mexican cartels and to provide evidence for a later trial under US law.

Accusations that one such informant in the Chihuahua area, Guillermo Eduardo Ramírez Peyro, had participated in acts of violence in direct contravention of US Department of Justice policy served to weaken intelligence gathered by said agent and prejudice any future case built on that intelligence. As the accusations were not confined to ‘low’ felonies, but spoke to multiple murders, Peyro was eventually arrested himself.

The conclusion reached by the Justice Department were that future informants would of necessity be outside the core membership of the most violent cartels, as the conduct expected of the upper leadership made it all-but impossible to avoid the agent being put in a position where he would have to choose between compromise and breaking the law in a way that the United States Government could neither condone nor overlook. This would hamper their investigations, but that would be preferable to similar situations coming up with increasing rapidity.

After ICE officers assigned to the task force made their case to superiors in the Department of Homeland Security, another conclusion was reached there. Using unofficial contacts within the intelligence community, a proof-of-concept operation was carried out by the CIA SAD (SOG). Numerous other informants recruited by Peyro, mainly members of the Juárez cartel, were contacted and given new handling procedures as well as sophisticated electronic surveillance and communications equipment that would allow them to send their take out directly over the Internet by a method extremely unlikely to be detected by either the cartels or the Mexican government. CIA Collection Management Officers at a designated desk, codenamed VIRGIN, would then receive the take and turn it over to the DEA and ICE as part of routine inter-agency information sharing under the auspices of DHS, claiming that it was incidental intelligence developed during a counter-terror operation in Mexico.

After the proof-of-concept had proved successful, the decision was made to limit exposure by employing only ‘blue-badge’ CIA case officers on missions requiring direct contact with the agents. This meant that the officers would be government contractors and not direct employees. Their legitimate employment with the security consultancy company ARWV International, a company in the majority ownership of Booz Allen Hamilton, would serve as their NOC (Non-Official Cover) as well as serving reduce legal and political exposure if it ever got out that the CIA had failed to disclose the specifics of Operation VIRGIN to Congress.

ARWV International employs just over forty people; with over half of them either seasoned business consultants in the field of private security or office staff and support personnel. The other employees are all graduates of the CIA Clandestine Service training program as well as the commando training required of a member of the elite Special Activities Division (Special Operations Group) within the National Clandestine Service. Most of them are furthermore veterans of conventional military special operation groups before becoming Paramilitary Operations Officers. For all intents and purposes, their contractor status has no effect on their job except that they are paid better than government service, receiving an average salary of $189,000 per year in addition to whatever hazard pay they may earn.

In the beginning of the year 2010, a female agent codenamed Azulejo (real name, Maria Elena Perez Cruz), turned in information that convinced the operations desk officer in charge of VIRGIN to authorise a long-term infiltration with some risk. Azulejo had met Vicento Carrillo Fuentes, the elusive leader of the Juárez cartel and she had reason to believe that he would be back within less than a month. If the turn-around time of the data was shorter, his arrival could be confirmed and then communicated to the Mexican authorities, hopefully leading to his arrest.

According to instructions, Azulejo had invented a story about a boyfriend involved in criminal enterprises in the United States in order to better justify remaining unattached to the targets of the investigation. The decision was made to infiltrate a team with surveillance equipment to receive the take from Azulejo in real time. Upon a confirmed sighting on Fuentes, the team leader was to contact the VIRGIN desk immediately through his encrypted computer link and stream the data to them. The information would then be routed to the Mexican Federal Police through a cooperative venture with the US Department of Homeland Security, purporting to be from an ICE technical surveillance operation. The projected response time was estimated at less than three hours.

Since Azulejo would lack the technical capability to set up surveillance equipment that covered the target zones, one of the six man team dispatched would have to take on the role of her boyfriend in order to obtain access to these areas. Based on physical resemblance to the description previously given, this duty devolved onto Alejandro Ortiz, Lt. (Ret.) of the USN, a former member of SEAL Team 4 and a five-year-veteran of the CIA. Since he was the usual team leader, his assistant team leader would functionally be in command of the mission during times when he was undercover.

The team would have access to two luxurious houses in a good neighbourhood of Juárez where three other employees of ARWV International would also be staying as part of their cover of advising the Federal Preventive Police on their management cycle. They would work somewhere around two days a week at this task, but should they have reason to believe that Fuentes might be expected, other personnel would be sent in to take over most of their duties.

Their surveillance would take place in three main locations. One was a leased flat on the third floor overlooking a night club where Azulejo and members of the Juárez cartel were frequent guests. Another was a hotel room on the second floor of a hotel next to Azulejo’s home. The third was an empty house where the caretaker had been bribed not to worry about squatters on the fourth floor, which had a line of sight to Azulejo’s place of work, a purported steelworks factory which was also used to process and package cocaine.

Yes, I know that I still haven't finished three of my older threads about the playtest. Big whoop, you wanna fight about it?! I just finished my exams, the playtest is time-sensitive and I decided that I'd rather prioritise running new ones and reporting on actual problems found during those to the authors than completing the prose descriptions for the forums. I will get to that, but later.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:28 AM   #2
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Calderone? Wasn't he from Miami Vice?
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:53 AM   #3
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Calderone? Wasn't he from Miami Vice?
Better speak respectfully, he's been known to hire this guy,
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Old 05-10-2010, 05:32 PM   #4
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I'm off to get more precise ideas from the prospective players, but anything that you can think of would help.

What kind of surveillance gear is commercially available in the real world now? Which brands are good?

How about binoculars or night-vision gear?

What is a good brand of concealable vest? It can be expensive, but it should not be easy to trace, which means something both popular and well-regarded.

Computers. Which ones interface well with surveillance gear? What kind of rig would one use to gather information from a couple of dozen video and audio bugs and then transfer it to a memory cache?
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Right. I've got wishes for three out of four PCs.

One is a former Army Ranger and a newly minted contractor for ARWV International. He's sent in to be the replacement Assistant Team Leader.

Assistant Team Leader: [Name undetermined]

Handsome, cheerful and charismatic. Tends to use sports metaphors.

B. 1979.
High School Quarterback.
Partial Scholarship in Drama and Business.
BFA from [undetermined school] in 2001.
Joined the military in September 2001.
Attends Basic Training from 1st of October to 3rd of December 2001.
Attends OCS from the 14th of December 2001 to 22nd March 2002.
Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant on the 20rd of March 2002.
Attends BOLC II and III from 2nd of April to 25th August 2002.
Attends Airborne School at Fort Benning from 1st September to 22nd of September 2002.
Attends Combatives School Level I between the 14th and 21th of October 2002 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Assigned as 2nd Lt. (Platoon Leader) to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 504th RIP, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on the 25th of October 2002.
Attends Combatives School Level II between December 6th and December 20th 2002.
Deployed to Afghanistan in January 2003.
Makes Combat Jump from Bagram Airbase into western Afghanistan in the middle of February 2003.
Returns to Fort Bragg in July 2003.
Light Infantry Leader Course at Fort Benning from 11th of August to 18th of September 2003.
Promoted Lieutenant 20th of September 2003.
Ranger School from 4th of October to 4th of Desember 2003.
Assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment on the 12th of December 2003.
Attends ROP from 3rd of January 2004 to 18th of January 2004.
Assigned as staff Lieutenant to the 2nd/75th Ranger Regiment in 20th of January 2004.
Attends Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course from 12th of May to 16th of June 2004.
Assigned as platoon leader to the 2nd Platoon, A Company, 2nd/75th on the 20th of June 2004.
Deployed to Iraq in the 24th of July 2004.
Returns to the US on the 2nd of June 2005.
Attends Sniper Employment Leaders Course at Fort Benning between 6th of July and 19th of July 2005.
Attends Combatives School Level III at Fort Benning from the 24th of July to the 22nd of August 2005.
Attends Company Intelligence Support Team Training at Fort Riley between 1st of September and the 7th of September 2005.
Assigned as Platoon Leader of a 2nd LRS Platoon of the Regimental Recon Company at Headquarters, 75th Regiment on the 10th of September 2005.
Designated (Promotable) on the 2th of September 2005.
Deployed to Iraq on the 4th of December 2005.
Promoted Captain on the 13th of May 2006 and assigned to command the Regimental Recon Company at Headquarters 75th Ranger Regiment.
Returns to the US on the 1st of December 2006.
Attends Infantry Captain's Career Course (OAC) between 2nd of January and the 8th of May 2007.
Attends Combatives School IV between 10th of May and 8th of June.
Attends CAS3 phase of Infantry Captain's Career Course between 20th of June and the 30th of July 2007.
Steps down from active duty on the 1st of August 2007.
Starts pre-term work at Wharton Business on 2nd of August 2007.
Does 'Intern Work' at Booz Allen Hamilton during May to August 2008.
Graduates on the 10th of May, 2009 with an MBA from Wharton.
Hired by Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant with a $200,000 yearly salary on the 11th of May 2009.
Finishes accelerated CST at Camp Peary on the 15th of December 2009.
Attends SAD (SOG) training between 26th of December and the 26th of April 2010.

Medic: [Name undetermined]

Of Filipino background, speaks Spanish as a second language. Also performs as a demolition expert.

B. 1977.
Joins Navy in August 1995.
Basic Training between 25th of August to 13th of October 1995.
Hospital Corpsman A-School between 15th of October and 19th of January 1996.
Attends Field Medical Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton between 21st of January and 19th of March 1996.
Promoted E-2 on the 16th of May 1996.
Assigned to NMCB-7 (Seabees) at Gulfport, Mississippi on the 18th of May 1996.
Attends CERT from 18th May to 1st of June.
Deployed to the Carribean with NMCB-7 from August 1996, including Panama and Haiti.
Returns on sick leave to US on the 9th of November 1996.
Reports back to duty on the 4th of January, 1997 at Gulfport.
Promoted E-3 on 16th of January 1997.
Accepted to Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School and attends between 20th of January and 27th of February 1997.
Indoctrination during March.
Attends BUD/S from 2nd April to 24th September 1997.
Promoted E-4 on the 26th of September 1997.
Attends Special Operations Combat Medic school at Fort Bragg between 1st of October and 1st of April 1998.
Attends Jump School at Fort Benning, Georgia between 3rd of April and 24th of April 1998.
Does SEAL Qualification Training between 28th April and 14th of November 1998.
Promoted E-5 on 15th of November 1998.
Assigned to SEAL Team 4 in Little Creek, Virginia on the 24th of November 1998.
Deployed to Panama in support of the turning over of the canal on the 1st of July 1998.
Returns to Little Creek on the 1st of January 1999.
Earns Advanced Air Operations and Advanced Special Operations during PRODEV.
Attends Advanced Special Operations Combat Medic course at Ft. Bragg from 18th of November to 16th of May 2000.
Deployed with 2nd Fleet in the Carribean and Central America from July 8th to 8th of January 2001.
Returns to Little Creek 3rd of February 2001.
Earns Advanced Driving, Breacher and Climbing/Rope Skills during PRODEV.
Deployed to the Philippines as part of Opearation Enduring Freedom on 4th of August 2002.
Returns to US on leave on the 20th of December 2002.
Begins PRODEV at Little Creek on the 2nd of February 2003.
Earns Advanced Breacher, Surreptious Entry and Technical Surveillance during PRODEV.
Transfers to DEVGRU on the 10th of September 2003 and is assigned to Green Squadron.
Assigned to Red Squadron of DEVGRU on the 4th of June 2004.
Deployed to Iraq with Red Squadron from 1st of September 2004 to 1st of March 2005.
Leave in Quatar from 20th of December 2004 to 5th of January 2005.
Returns to US Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia on 2nd of March 2005 and is assigned to EOD and counter-sabotage training for six months.
Deployed to Somalia between 11th September 2005 and 23rd of March 2006.
Returns to US on the 25th of March 2006, takes two weeks of leave.
Training on US Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia between 12th of April and 9th of July.
Assigned to TDY in Colombia, training special operators of the military police between 20th of July and 20th of December 2006.
On call on Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia between 2nd of January to 2nd of March 2007.
Training period between 2nd of March to 2nd of June 2006.
Deployed with Red Squadron to the Philippines between the 13th of June and the 16th of August.
Deployed with Red Squadron for joint training with SBS and Marinejegerkommandoen in Norway on the 20th of September 2006.
Injured on the 11th of October in 2006.
Promoted E-6 on the 29th of October 2006.
Mustered out of the Navy on the 11th of December 2006.
Enters CIA training on the 8th of June 2007, with deferment for his lack of degree, which he is earning through mail courses.
Attends Clandestine Service school from September 2007 to September 2008.
Attends SAS (SOG) training from September 2008 to May 2009.
Graduates with a B.S. in Explosives Engineering from University of Missouri in May 2009.
Assigned to SAD (SOG) team specialising in Latin America on the 10th of May 2009.
Hired by ARWV International on the 1st of January 2010 and assigned to their Alpha Team.
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Physical Surveillance Expert: [name undetermined]

Former Marine Scout/Sniper who was in the experimental Det One as well as the MARSOC that replaced it.

B. 1981.
Joins the Marines in May 1999 as E-2 from JROTC.
Attends US Marine Corps Recruit Training at Parris Island from 12th of May to 4th of August 1999.
Has ten days of leave.
Attends SOI with the Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Geiger, North Carolina between 14th of August and 5th of October 1999.
Screening Board for Recon between 7th and 9th of October 1999.
Jump School at Ft. Benning between 11th of October and 2nd of Nobember 1999.
Assigned to Recon Indoctrination Platoon on the 4th of November 1999.
Promoted E-3 on the 4th of February 2000.
Basic Reconnaissance Course at Little Creek between 5th of February and 12th of May 2000.
Combatant Diver course in Panama City, Florida between 20th of May and 16th June 2000.
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School in NAS Brunswick, Maine 2nd of July to 16th of August 2000.
Between 18th of August and 14th of September, attends Military Free Fall Course at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona.
Base security at Camp Lejeune between 17th September to 21st of October 2000.
Attends SOTG training rotation at Panama City, Florida including Combat Rubberized Reconnaissance Crafts Repair Course, the Basic Coxswain Skills Course, the Basic Scout Swimmers Course and the Over the Horizon Maritime Navigation Course from 22nd of October to 2nd of December 2000.
Command Sponsored Corporals Course between 3rd of December to 24rd of December 2000.
Promoted E-4 on the 25th of December 2000.
Attends SOTG training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina covering close quarters combat, reconnaissance and surveillance, dynamic entry, urban sniping and security elements between 6th of January to 1st of of May 2001.
Assigned to 2nd Force Reconaissance Company, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on the 2nd of May 2001.
Phase 2 (T-Cell) training with his platoon between 2nd May and 2nd September 2001.
Phase 3 (SOTG) training between 3rd September and 3rd February 2002 (Includes most of what was previously learned, adding Assault Climbers Course).
Deployed to Kandahar International Airport in Afghanistan on the 12th of February to 12th of 12th of August 2002.
Qualifies for Brown Belt of MCMAP between 21st and 26th of August 2002.
Attends Scout/Sniper Basic Course at Camp Lejeune between 29th of August and 5th of November.
Attends Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader Course at Ft. Benning between 8th of November and 3rd of December.
Attends Pathfinder Course at Ft. Benning between 4th of December and 24th of December 2002.
Promoted E-5 on 1st of January 2003.
Attends Infantry Squad Leaders Course at Camp Geiger, North Carolina between 2nd of January and 17th of February 2003.
Attends local Martial Art Instructor program in MCMAP during February.
Selected for MCSOCOM Detachment One in June 2003.
Trains to new Det One standards from July 2003 to February 2004.
Deployed to Iraq with Det One from 8th of March to 8th of 8th of September 2004.
Attends Sergeants Course from 15th of September to 30th of October 2004.
Qualifies for Black Belt in MCMAP between 31st of October and 6th of November 2004.
Attends MAIT at the MCE at Quantico to become certified MCMAP instructor between 8th of November and 31st of December 2004.
Promoted E-6 on the 1st of January 2005.
Attends Ranger School between 4th of January and 6th of March 2005.
Continual training with Det One between March and September 2005.
Attends SNCO Career Course between 2nd of October and 17th of November 2005.
Qualifies for Black Belt, 2nd Dan in MCMAP in December 2005.
Works toward college degree in PT for the rest of 2005.
Assigned to cadre for new 2nd MSOB on the 1st of January 2006.
Training and preparation in 2nd MSOB until February 2006.
MSOR becomes operational on 2nd of February 2006 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Training with MSOR from February 2006 to March 2007.
Qualifies for Black Belt, 3rd Dan in MCMAP in December 2006.
Graduates with a B.S. Physical Training earned through distance learning in January 2007.
Deployed to Afghanistan with 2nd MSOB in March 2007.
Returns to US in September 2007 and is assigned as an instructor in Scout/Sniper School.
Promoted E-7 on 1st of January 2008.
Mustered out on the 2nd of January 2008.
Does CST between January 2008 and December 2008.
SAD (SOG) training between January and August 2009.
Hired by ARWV International and assigned to their Alpha Team on the 27th of August 2009.

This leaves me with finding a player for and and a concept for the technical surveillance expert.

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:31 AM   #7
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Some of you are no doubt wondering what this thread has to do with anything. In particular, what are you expected to do with it?

Fear not, fellow denizens!

I have a purpose in mind.

I'd like your views on several issues.

First of all, what would be a likely division of responsibilities and specialities of a six-man team like this? Keeping in mind that they are probably trained as teams and operate together on missions that run the whole gamut from technically demanding, but essentially safe, to all-out warfare in the middle of Iraq or Afghanistan.

I had thought to break this particular team down thusly:

1) Team Leader (NPC). Alternate specialities are human intelligence gathering, social engineering, agent recruitment and running, infiltration strategy and covert reconnaissance. As a former SEAL; he is a certified free-fall parachutist and combat diver, as well as being trained in defensive driving tactics.

2) Assistant Team Leader (NPC). No idea, as I've decided that this is one of two people who returned to the US with a systemic infection, probably related to food or water.

2a) Replacement Assistant Team Leader (PC). Newly flown in to replace the two lost members of the team (a second replacement is being sought). His first foreign intelligence mission for the CIA, but a former Army officer and veteran of the 75th Ranger Regiment, including a tour in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq. Holds an MBA from Wharton Business School.

3) Something (NPC). After becoming sick, returned to the US.

4) Medic (PC). Former Navy SEAL and also functions as the team demolition expert when called upon. Filipino background and speaks Spanish.

5) Technical Surveillance Expert (PC). Background and other specialities as yet not decided (no player has yet claimed this spot). Likely to include communications expertise, as well as possibly computer knowledge.

6) Physical Surveillance Expert (PC). Background and other specialities as yet not decided (no player has yet claimed this spot). Someone adept at scoping things with the Mark 1 Eyeball and/or binoculars. Perhaps a former sniper or even a former policeman.

Does anyone have ideas for further specialities to divide between the team members? Is anything missing? Who is most likely to add what speciality? What is likely to the background of the others? What backgrounds do I need to include?

Now, I would also like ideas as to what the loadout for a surveillance gig of this nature might include. They have been on-station for almost a month now and they are able to buy food and water pretty freely during those times they are not holed up. The most they can expect to have to lie up for is a day or so.

They are not there to use armed force, but they do have authorisation to act if their security or that of their fellow team members is threathened directly. The prefered method of dealing with threats is flight, with violence only authorised if no other option is available. As such, they will carry only concealable handguns and perhaps less-than-lethal alternatives such as a collapsible nightstick or a TASER. If they wish, they may wear concealable vests, but the heat makes it inadvisable.

None of their equipment may be directly tracable to the US, which rules out anything that is not yet commercially available to someone, at least. Preferably, most of their gear should be unremarkable.

Include specific real-world type names if you know them. Weights would be good for suggested load-outs, but I understand if you don't want to bother.
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