Covert Ops: Analyses

Covert Ops: Analyses

It’s a common misconception that our higher-ups establish policies, make decisions, and operate with little to no government oversight. In reality the bulk of them are analysts, crunching the kinds of data that field operatives like Gaz and I gather, passing it...
Covert Ops: Treeline

Covert Ops: Treeline

Sprinting toward an entrenched position has never, in the history of warfare, carried with it a high chance of success. From Flander’s Fields in WWI to the Tet Offensive fifty years later, trying to charge a dug-in enemy usually results in a very succinct and...
Covert Ops: Breakout

Covert Ops: Breakout

By and large, the snap decisions people make in their everyday lives – which size coffee to buy, whether to take that parking space or look for a closer one, stay on the freeway or try a bypass – aren’t matters of life and death, particularly theirs....
Covert Ops: Redecorating

Covert Ops: Redecorating

I’ve never been accused of being an optimist. A cynic a few times, but like most I figure myself more of a realist. The world is as it is, not as we want it to be, and sometimes that’s a blast of cold water to the face. I wasn’t confident in our odds...
Covert Ops: Noche Oscura

Covert Ops: Noche Oscura

A good torturer, if you pardon my expression, knows the value of anxiety. Often the anticipation of pain is a more effective motivator than actually hitting someone. Think about good horror movies – the less you see the monster, the scarier it is. El Seño knew what he...
Covert Ops: Firing Line

Covert Ops: Firing Line

Whatever else can be said about the cartel, they certainly had a lot of muscle. I didn’t give much thought to the body-count we’d already made during our stay in South America, but in the approach to the executive manor where the rebel leaders finally had...