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Stop, Ahead. The Trouble with P.I.s

The Trouble with PIs

She wiped the rain out of her eyes as she tucked her wet hair behind her ears. She should have brought an umbrella, but you can’t go crawling around in the weeds peeking into windows with an umbrella. If you want to get paid, you have to get that money shot. Well, in this case you do.
“Oh yeah,” she muttered to herself.

Tommy James dropped Cindy’s silk shirt off her shoulders as he trailed kisses down her neck to her breast. Cindy’s hands ran through his hair.

Toby felt a very low vibration at her feet. It was her dog letting her know someone was coming.

“You would think the people in this town would know better by now. Everyone knows everyone else's business.” Chief Mitch Bryce scrunched down next to her. “You’re trespassing.” He reached in his pocket, “There you go Ace, old boy.” and gave him a dog cookie.

“I’m done anyway.” She whispered and scooted around the Chief. Her dog doing the army crawl following behind her. She didn’t have anything against the Chief, he did his job, and he let her do hers, up to a point. They walked back to their vehicles.

“I need to hire you.”

She stopped packing away her gear and looked at him. He made himself clear how he felt about her profession. She put down the handicap ramp for Ace and he got up in the front seat of her landrover. She turned back towards him and plucked the cigarette out of his mouth and flicked it out into the night. . “Those things will kill you.”

“No, you’re going to do that first. Can you come by tomorrow?”

She nodded her consent.

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Delta Force
Delta Force is the United States Army's elite counter terrorism unit.
This super-secretive outfit goes by / has been rumored to have used various names:
 Delta Force
 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
 Army Compartmented Elements (ACE)
 Combat Applications Group (CAG)
 Delta
Delta operators themselves simply refer to their organization as 'the Unit'.
Delta Force - Role
Delta's main mission is counter-terrorism (CT). This includes:
 hostage rescue
 the capture / elimination of terrorist forces
 intelligence gathering on terrorist threats
Other roles include:
 close protection (guarding VIPs)
 unconventional warfare
Since their inception, Delta have become masters at the dark arts of counter terrorism. The unit's operators are highly skilled in sniping and close quarters combat (CQB), dynamic and covert entry, explosives and hand-to-hand combat. Over the years, Delta have developed a working knowledge of systems on aircraft, trains, ships and vehicles that enables them to intervene and take control of any scenario in any environment. Regular exercises with US and foreign CT units keeps their skill-set and knowledge-base up-to-date. A Delta Force team is reportedly on immediate standby to respond to a terrorist threat. Delta's CT role overlaps to some degree with the Navy unit, DEVGRU
Delta Force - Organization
Delta Force's structure is similar to the British 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, the unit which inspired Delta's creator, Charles Beckworth. The unit is based a Fort Bragg, NC.
Delta Force is reportedly organized into 4 Squadrons :
 A Squadron
 B Squadron
 C Squadron
 D Squadron
Each squadron is made up of 3 Troops
 1 x Recce / Sniper Troop
 2 x Direct Action / Assault troops
Delta operators begin their career in an assault troop. The more experienced and skilled operators may get assigned to a reconnaissance troop.
It has been reported that Delta includes a specialized element that is dedicated to hghly sensitive reconnaissance operations. This element, smaller than a normal squadron, is similar to DEVGRU's Black squadron.
Delta is under the command of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and is considered a 'Tier One' Special Mission Unit (SMU).

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JSOC - Joint Special Operations Command
JSOC (pronounced 'jaysock') was established in 1980 in the aftermath of the failed attempt by US Special Operations Forces to rescue American hostages held in Iran (Operation Eagle Claw).
JSOC is designed as a common command structure between Army, Air Force and Navy Special Operations elements. As can be deduced from its subordinate units, JSOC's current focus is thought to be counter terrorism. JSOC is a component of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM or SOCOM)
JSOC - sometimes referred to as the National Mission Force - is based at Pope Air Force Base and at Fort Bragg, both of which are in North Carolina.
JSOC - Components
JSOC has the following units under its umbrella:
 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force )
 Regimental Reconnaissance Company (75th Ranger Regiment)
 Intelligence Support Activity (ISA)
 Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) (SEAL Team 6)
 24th Special Tactics Squadron
(USAF Combat Controllers / Pararescuemen)
When operating as part of a JSOC task force, attached supporting units such as elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment will fall under control of JSOC. Special Forces CIF companies may also be temporarily brought in for JSOC operations.
Lesser known JSOC components include:
 Joint Communications Unit (JCU)
The Joint Communcations Unit (JCU) provides global signals support for JSOC operations. The JCU provides communication links between JSOC elements and, if needed, other parties. It is based at Fort Bragg but may deploy detachments in support of JSOC operations anywhere in the world. JCU communicators graduate from the Special Operations Radio Operators Course, a 6-month training program which teaches the required technical skills. The course also teaches advanced tactics, driving and marksmanship. JCU personnel may attend other military schools such as airborne training.
 Aviation Tactics and Evaluation Group (AVTEG)
AVTEG analysises JSOC's avaiation needs, sources aircraft and provides highly skilled pilots. This secretive unit is believed to be organized into 3 battalions. Elements include, among others, an Air Logistics Division, Strike Warfare Division and a Rotary Wing Assault Operations Branch. AVTEG tested the stealth black hawk helicopters employed in the raid that killed Bin Laden.
 66th Air Operations Squadron (66th AOS)
Based at Pope AFB, the 66th Air Operations Squadron flies C-130 and other transport aircraft in support of JSOC missions.
 Technical Applications Program Office (TAPO)
Procures and deploys new technology for JSOC aviation elements. Such activities included fitting a special SIGINT collection package to RC-12 Guardrail aircraft operated by the ISA.
 Ground Applications Program Office (GAPO)
Develops and fields technological programs in support of Delta Force and other JSOC elements.
 JSOC Intelligence Brigade (JIB)
Stood up in 2008, the JSOC Intelligence Brigade analyzes intelligence from a wide variety of sources and desminates it throughout JSOC. The brigade features planning, interrogations and intelligence support divisions.
Photo of a RC-12 Guardrail aircraft. Such planes are festooned with antennae for the collection of electronic signals. RC-12s with an ISA-specific 'LIBERTY BLUE' SIGINT package, fitted by JSOC's Technical Applications Program Office, have been used to track and monitor terror suspects in places such as Africa.
photo : US DoD
Other units that are either detached to or directly support JSOC include:
JSOC is provided Military Information Support Operations (MISO, previously known as PSYOPs) by a division within the Intelligence and Operational Security Directorate (ISOD).
 Army Compartmented Element (ACE)
ACE is an United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) directorate involved with providing intelligence for Army special operations units. Within ACE is a unit known simply by its abbreviations, BI. This secretive cell is beleved to be staffed by undercover female intelligence collectors and interrogators.

Note: It has been rumoured that Delta Force has also been known as Army Compartmented Element (ACE). This confusion may have been the result of a deliberate effort to obscure any open source reference to one or both units, although it may simply be a case of someone seeing the ACE's listing in Fort Bragg's phone directory and assuming this was Delta Force's new cover name.
JSOC Operations
Since it was incepted in 1980, JSOC has carried out many operations around the world.

more info : JSOC Operations

Special Operations - Weapons
The following details the array of weaponry used by America's elite military units.

Assault Rifles / Carbines:

ubiquitous US Army carbine available with a selection of accessories
more info : M4A1 carbine

also known as the MK 18 Mod 0, this shortened version of the M4A1 is a favorite within the NSW community
more info : CQBR

fourth-generation, full-size AR-15 variant in use with USMC units
more info : M16A4

specially developed for Delta Force by German gunsmiths, Heckler and Koch
more info : HK416

MK16 Mod 0 SCAR
A newly-developed series of 5.56mm assault rifles, carbines and light sniper rifles
more info : MK 16 Mod 0

MK17 Mod 0 SCAR
A family of 7.62mm carbines, assault rifles and light sniper rifles
more info : MK 17 Mod 0

MK 14 Mod 0 Enhanced Battle Rifle
A modernized M-14 rifle in use with the SEALs.
more info : MK 14 Mod 0

M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle
The USMC use this variant of the HK416 in the automatic rifleman role.
more info : M27 IAR

Sub Machine Guns:

Compact, accurate and versatile, the 9mm Mp5 comes in a number of flavors
more info : MP5

A compact smg used by DEVGRU / SEAL Team 6
more info : MP7

M3a1 Grease Gun
vintage Delta Force .45 smg
more info : M3 Grease Gun

Walther MP
vintage Delta Force 9mm smg
more info : Walther MP


M9 Beretta
The US Army's standard sidearm, the 9mm beretta is used by Rangers and other SOF units.
more info : M9 Beretta

Colt 1911
This venerable .45 was Delta's favorite pistol for many year.
more info : Colt 1911

MEU(SOC) Pistol
Modified version of the Colt 1911, developed for the USMC
info : MEU(SOC) pistol

Sig Sauer P226 / P228
9mm pistols carried by Navy SEALs and SWCCs.
info : Sig Sauer P226 / P228

Sig Sauer P239
Sub-compact 9mm pistols used by SEAL Team 6
info : Sig Sauer P239

Compact .45 handgun used by Navy SEALs
info : HK45CT

Pistols in a range of sizes and calibres
info : Glock pistols


M870 Shotgun
Military version of the Remington 870
more info : M870 Shotgun

M500 / M590 Shotgun
12-gauge pump-action shotgun based on Mossberg M500
more info : M500 Shotgun

M1014 Shotgun
12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun based on the Benelli M4 Super 90
more info : M1014 Shotgun

Machine Guns:

M249 SAW
A 5.56mm light machine gun in wide use throughout the US military with variants developed for special ops forces.
info : M249 SAW

Mk 46 Machine Gun
A special ops variant of the M249 SAW
info : Mk 46 Machine Gun

Mk 48 Machine Gun
A scaled-up variant of the Mk 46, chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO
info : Mk 48 Machine Gun

M240 Machine Gun
Versatile 7.62mm belt-fed medium machine gun that can be carried or mounted on tripods, vehicles, boats and helicopters.
info : M240

M2 Heavy Machine Gun
.50 caliber gun fired often mounted on SOF boats, vehicles and helicopters.
more info : M2

multi-barrelled 7.62mm electrically-operated gatling gun mounted on boats, helicopters and vehicles.
info : Minigun

Sniper Rifles:

SR-25 (MK 11 / M110)
A medium range 7.62mm sniper rifle used by units such as the Rangers
more info : SR-25

MK 20 Mod 0 Sniper Support Rifle
Designated marksman's rifle based on the SCAR-H
info : MK 20 Mod 0 Sniper Support Rifle

The Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) - a 7.62mm medium sniper rifle based around the M14 rifle
info : Designated Marksmanship Rifle

The Enhanced Marksmanship Rifle (EMR) - a 7.62mm medium sniper rifle used by MARSOC and other USMC units
more info : Enhanced Marksmanship Rifle

SPR (MK 12)
5.56mm sniper rifle used by the SEALs, Rangers and Special Forces
more info : SPR

US Army bolt-action 7.62mm sniper rifle
more info : M24 SWS

XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR)
New and improved U.S. Army sniper rifle configured to use the .300 Win Mag cartridge
more info : XM2010 ESR

Bolt-action 7.62mm sniper rifle used by USMC Special Ops, among others
more info : M40A3

A new 7.62mm sniper rifle in use with the USCM
more info : M40A5

Navy SEAL variant of the Remington 700 long action
more info : M91A2 sniper rifle

MK 13 Mod 5
.300 WinMag sniper rifle used by the US Navy SEALs
more info : MK 13 Mod 5

McMillan TAC-338
long range .338 Lapua Magnum sniper rifle
more info : McMillan TAC-338

M82a1 / M107 Barrett
devastating .50 caliber long range sniper rifle used by SEALs, Delta etc.
more info : Barret rifle

MK 15 Mod 0 SASR
.50 caliber long range sniper rifle used by US Navy SEALs
more info : MK 15 Mod 0 SASR

Grenade Launchers:

M203 Grenade Launcher
40mm underslung weapon
more info : M203

M320 Grenade Launcher
40mm grenade launcher in attached and stand-alone configurations
more info : M320

M79 Grenade Launcher
Vietnam-era 40mm grenade launcher still used by US SOF
more info : M79

MK 13 Mod O Grenade Launcher
40mm grenade launcher for the new MK 16 and MK17 rifles
more info : MK 13 Mod 0

M32 Grenade Launcher
Multishot 40mm grenade launcher used by SOF and US Marines
more info : M32 MGL

MK 19 Grenade Launcher
belt fed, automatic grenade launcher
more info : MK 19

MK 47 Striker Grenade Launcher
advanced, computer-assisted 40mm automatic grenade launcher
info : MK 47

Rocket / Missile Launchers:

vietnam-era 66mm rocket launcher still in use with US SOF
info : M72 LAW

Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle
versatile rocket launcher in use with SOCOM units
info : Carl Gustav

M136 AT4
84mm one-shot rocket launcher
info : M136

FGM-148 Javelin
fire-and-forget anti-tank missile system
info : FGM-148 Javelin

FIM-92 Stinger
man-portable anti-aircraft systems
info : FIM-92 Stinger

Special Operations Equipment
US Special Operations Forces (SOF) employ a range of specialized equipment...

US Navy SEAL Diving Gear
Specialized SCUBA and closed-circuit underwater breating apparatus worn by US Navy SEALs
more info : Navy SEAL Diving Gear...

Detailed info on each weapon system employed by United States SOF...
more info : Weapons

Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (GPNVG) used by DEVGRU and Delta Force ...
more info : SOFLAM

Compact, man=portable laser target designators carried by US SOF...
more info : SOFLAM

AN/PEQ-2 Laser
Infrared aiming / pointing / illumination device attached to SOF weapons...
more info : AN/PEQ-2

AN/PEQ-15 Laser
Block II Infrared aiming illumination laser mounted on SOF personal weapons...
more info : AN/PEQ-15

AN/PVS-17 Night Vision Scope
3rd generation image intensifying scope in use with SOF and the USMC...
more info : AN/PVS-17

AN/PAS-13 Thermal Weapon Sight
Thermal imaging sight - weapon mounted or hand-held...
more info : AN/PAS-13

AN/PSC-5 Radio
Info on the AN/PSC-5 SPITFIRE and AN/PSC-5c SHADOWFIRE secure long range radios used by US Special Operations Forces...
more info : AN/PSC-5

Hand held tactical encrypted radio carried by SOF units...
more info : AN/PRC-148 MBITR



He turned his coat collar up against the chill in the night air as he walked out the bar door. In a few short hours, he’ll be breaking in a new guy. Just what he needed. He was so close to finding the S.O.B. who… .The first shot hit him in the shoulder throwing him a little off balance. He took a step or two backwards. The next shot hit him in the right rib cage. His hand flew to cover the wound. He pulled his hand away, this can’t be his blood. The final shot rang out. Det. Alex Bell sunk to his knees and fell face- first into the street.


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