Michael D. served our nation as an intelligence operative for over two decades. His service began as an airborne reconnaissance Special Missions Unit (SMU) team member. He completed over 70 combat missions and was awarded the Air Medal and First Oak Leaf Cluster. He was recruited by the NSA where he served as a covert intelligence officer. Later, he went to the CIA where he was assigned to the “Hard Targets” unit where he planned and conducted a broad range of missions in high risk environments around the world. He then went on to serve at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as part of the Directorate of Clandestine Human Intelligence Operations.

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Training Day

It was early one afternoon on a chilly day in the late fall and I was running a training (evaluation) exercise for our new candidates for the Hard Targets team in Directorate of Operations. They were from a few different agencies within the Intelligence Community’s Operations Directorates (and one was even from an outside agency). …

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How Spies Test Themselves

In every career or personal journey, there are some essential fundamentals that underlay and inform almost all decisions and actions faced by an individual in that field. For instance, the medical profession has the Hippocratic Oath and Police Officers “Serve and Protect”. For others, the skills and knowledge of personal safety are at the very …

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