Jsonedecker

Introducing BlackFoot's first title.........

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Their members are drawn from the best former SOF operators from around the world including US Army Special Forces, British SAS, Australian SAS, Navy SEALs, Delta Force, and GSG9 just to name a few.
Do you mean GSG9, or KSK (or both)? GSG9 is more of a Counter Terrorism Unit, equal to the FBI Task Force, while the KSK is the military Special Force Group (Kommando Spezialkr?fte - Special Force Command).

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I'll try to do a general post here to address a few things......

 

First off thanks for the response!

 

There are numerous reasons why we choose this unit and this story line, but one of them was the fact it left things wide open for the future of the franchise. These guys are not constrained by typical government restrictions and could conceivabley operate anywhere from anti terrorist hunts in the Middle East to drug interdiction operations in South America. There are many many ways we can go in the future.

 

One thing about these groups is that even though this is a Ground Branch unit, they are cross trained in air and maritime operations as well. So, while something like taking down an oil platform wouldn't be their mainline operation, it is possible for them to do so if the need is there.

 

Also, even though the guys pulled for these units can be from different SOF forces around the world, they are still a US CIA operation and under the sole direction of the National Command Authority. So it isn't really a multinational team per se', but will include individuals who came from various units throughout the world.

 

We plan on launching a game specific site up in the coming weeks and will start to introduce you to the main players, though you have already seen glimpses of Gary Tyler. :thumbsup:

 

So, join us in our grass roots efforts to do things our way. It may be slow and low compared to the big boys doing the E3 pimping this week, but we are truly different and choosing to take a different path. In true SOF fashion we are out front taking the arrows.... we are making our own path to accomplish the mission, bumps pitfalls and all.

 

-John

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As for the 'multinational' comment, I had no doubt these would be CIA led operations, I was rather referring to the individuals as such.

 

As for the location (Sumatra), damn nice. The 'jungle combat' is like one of the purest and most classic military operation locations (love all the South American anti-drug ops stories like in 'Clear and present Danger'). And Indonesia, nice, love these missions in Pandora Tomorrow, tight jungles and these awesome Indonesian buildings, nice atmosphere (especially at night).

 

 

It seems like you made the right decisions for the first start :), and I guess that is just the tip of the cake.

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I am curious about what the reason is to form such a unit. Logistic/financial support from allied governments for all the operations? Or more of a "best of the best working together" thing?

The information link MONOLITH posted does not really explains that, can you name all the nations involved, or is it yet a secret? Doesn't really matter to me, but it would be interessting to know.

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I wonder if the engine will be announced when the website is up.

 

You're going to have to wait for that one just a bit more. :ph34r:

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Taking a quote from Grandpa Simpson "This is going to be sweet..." :drool:

 

Great pick as far as your choice of unit goes, ultra flexible for this and future projects yet to be named... I mean future Ground Branch titles :thumbsup:

 

Edit: or do I mean future Special Activities Division titles?!

Edited by Nailbomb72

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I am curious about what the reason is to form such a unit. Logistic/financial support from allied governments for all the operations? Or more of a "best of the best working together" thing?

The information link MONOLITH posted does not really explains that, can you name all the nations involved, or is it yet a secret? Doesn't really matter to me, but it would be interessting to know.

 

 

It's not so much that it's a joint unit, but that the CIA built a paramilitary force to take care of many things the conventional, and even Special Operations Forces were not set up to directly do. This is completely CIA run, but slots are filled with the best of the best and that just so happens to include individuals from other countries. They may also be doing very covert or clandestine activities in unsanctioned areas of the world and that may require someone other than a typical American looking GI.

 

These are not the guys you hear about on the evening news and it will be hard to dig up much info on them. :thumbsup:

 

If you want to get a very small taste though, go read a book called Jawbreaker. A certain Army SF unit was tasked along side a CIA unit going into Afghanistan before major operations got under way. It's a good read and, yes, we do have some connection to one of the persons in the book. B)

 

Here are a few quick links to some info about the CIA "special" units. Ground Branch fits in all of that.

 

http://www.answers.com/topic/national-clandestine-service

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/CIA18.html

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Activities_Division

 

Here is a bit more I had in my notes:

 

Alan Simpson (former Senator) in his daily AFI Intel Briefing states that the CIA has had a clandestine paramilitary unit about 150 strong from its Special Operations Group (SOG) conducting a hidden war in Afghanistan long before the 9-11 incident. It is composed mainly of former US military personnel and it had entered Afghanistan long before any other US forces, paving the way for the arrival of the U.S. Special Operations Forces. It had already been engaged in actual combat with the Taliban and Al Qaida forces.

 

The SOG is part of the CIA's Directorate of Operations, whose primary mission is to conduct clandestine intelligence-gathering. Like in Laos in the 60s and 70s, this includes traditional case officers, who work out of U.S. embassies or under business or journalistic cover. The Special Activities Division which directly controls the CIA's 'secret soldiers' has been provided with specialized CIA case officers from the agency's Near East Division who speak the local languages and have had previous covert relationships with the Northern Alliance and other anti-Taliban groups since 1994.

 

The role of the CIA's paramilitary units has been particularly important in Afghanistan because much of the war has turned on intelligence and targeting information. Indeed recently CIA-operated Predator UAV's provided intelligence resulting in three days of strikes that killed key Al-Qaida leaders and this capability may have also have played a role in the successful attack on Mohammed Atef, the senior operations adviser to Osama Bin-Laden whose death was later confirmed by the Taliban.

 

The highly secret CIA capability provided by the Special Activities Division, consists of teams of about half a dozen men who do not normally wear military uniforms. The Division can call upon the services of about 250 covert action specialists, pilots, communications experts and probably still has access to a number of professional assassins. Most are hardened veterans who have 'retired' early from the Special Forces. The division's arsenal includes stealth helicopters, clandestine air assets and the unmanned aerial Predator drones equipped with high-resolution cameras and even Hellfire antitank missiles. The CIA's Special Operations Group co-operates closely with the British SIS, SAS, and the US SEAL-6 and Delta Force, but has a rather more distant relationship with other US Special Forces such as the Green Berets, Rangers, Air Commandos and US Marines who are really superb elite infantry rather than true Special Forces

 

The SOG or "snake eaters" are virtually an independent 'secret army' with their own dedicated annual budget of over $4 billion. Depending on the particular unit, they are subjected to a grueling training regime at 'The Farm' (Camp Peary) and other covert facilities in preparation for a wide variety of missions ranging from hostage rescue to deep-penetration reconnaissance behind enemy lines to small-scale strikes, sabotage, assassination and urban warfare.

 

Their use for offensive action has in the past required a presidential ``finding,'' such as the wide-ranging 'clear and present danger' declaration signed by President Bush authorizing the CIA to make war on Al-Qaida following the Sept. 11 attacks. Such findings lay out what activities are permitted and senior congressional leaders should be informed of the covert action as well, however in the light of recent statements restraint may no longer be uppermost in the mindset either at Langley or for that matter the Whitehouse. This carries the inherent risk of a return to the CIA's unbridled use of covert action to destabilize foreign regimes, stage coups and to carry out sabotage and assassination operations that so nearly brought about the destruction of the Agency by President Carter and Admiral Stansfield Turner in the late 1970's.

 

Much less attention is paid however, to the role of the 'field officers' provided by the British Intelligence Service, the SIS (MI6). These officers have a reputation for great skill and local knowledge and have already proved invaluable to the CIA in Afghanistan. The SIS operations group is made up largely of combat veterans from the SAS & SBS with years of experience in Oman, Yemen, Afghanistan and much of the Middle East. Expert in local traditions, habits, languages and the complicated political, ethnic and religious situation of the region, the SIS have much to offer the United States Intelligence community and are being asked to play an increasingly important role as the War on Terrorism spreads to other nations in the Middle East and Asia.

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Congrats on the title and less straining color to the website. 0:)

...I'm still "in denial" that none of my uber-titles didn't make it. <_<

 

Just kidding! :hi:

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Well since the CIA is notorious for clandestine operations worldwide, after all, they are spies, it would make sense that they would have connections with other countries military CT teams. Therefor I think this was good route to take, and leaves more possibilities for mission scenarios, not just in this game, but future installments as well, from VIP protection to political assassination. I'm very excited. Good job.

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@Jsonedecker:

Much thanks for the informations.

 

Sorry if I am asking further, I just want to understand the whole thing better. Can it be said, that these operatives are sort of contractors? I wonder if this is aknowledged by the governments of these foreign operatives, sure a former operative doesn't need to ask anyone if he works as a contractor for a private organisation, but the CIA is not this kind of a private organisation, these operatives would be spies working for the U.S. sort of.

 

Of course, if this is an inofficially official cooperation between governments, that would answer the question.

Edited by ZJJ

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Depending on the particular unit, they are subjected to a grueling training regime at 'The Farm' (Camp Peary) and other covert facilities in preparation for a wide variety of missions ranging from hostage rescue to deep-penetration reconnaissance behind enemy lines to small-scale strikes, sabotage, assassination and urban warfare.

 

Introducing these activities in game makes for a VERY realistic & intense situations. One that Im personally looking forward to.

As the SAS & MI6 are noted (& being a true 'Brit') I hope we manage to find a UK member of the team. I assume for speech.. if in game, voices used will also convey the national dialects. Nothing worse than hearing american acted German or British. Sorry guys it doesnt sound the same. Take the film Oceans11 as an example..."we're in Barnie Rubble....Trouble!" It was laughable as a Cockney accent..."Stroll on Guv'na" !

 

Whatever you do...it looks like youve done some good research & spent some deep thought around your plans. Crack On! :thumbsup:

 

BTW: If you want/need common Cockney London voice tags let me know ;-)

 

Can it be said, that these operatives are sort of contractors?

TBH - They sound more like 'sleepers' that are country contracted out until required.

Edited by Nemesis

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You mean they don't know that yet either? B)

 

OMG know what KNOW WHATT???!!!111!! :wacko::wacko:

 

I just had a disturbing thought..........

 

John, you think you and your team will get shut down by the CIA for revealing too many secrets about this unit? I don't want you guys to end up tortured in some high secure bunker only God would know where. I mean.....how would this game get completed then??? :unsure:

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