The Firm is a department within the CIA that runs off book operations of national interest funded completely from the black side of the agency budget. It was started in the late 1970s after a rash of terrorist incidents and Soviet activity. The department was initial started as a kind of think tank within the agency to challenge assumptions and provide a way to accelerate new tools into use. As the geopolitical situation evolved, The Firm’s project began to focus more on the kinetic instead of the theoretical. Today the firm is at the forefront of the Shadow War.