BRUCE W. TUCKER "APOLLO"
A former Clandestine HUMINT Contractor for the Douglas Foundation,
Tucker now serves as the Director of Tucker Global Initiatives, a specialized intelligence contract facilitator for Special and Controlled Access Programs.
Tucker was the only officer personally recruited & trained by Mr. Gregory Douglas, the Director of Operations for the Douglas Foundation. That training later proved invaluable as Tucker served as Interim Director for
Douglas on multiple occasions. While in charge, Tucker implemented
policies and procedures that increased overall proficiency and long-term effectiveness of counter-drug operations. Those practices have since become Standard Operating Procedure for all Foundations worldwide.
In the field, Tucker served as an Infiltration Specialist, a type of clandestine
Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collector that utilizes advanced psychological tradecraft to insinuate oneself into the target's organization
or personal life so to manipulate them from within. It is considered one
of the most dangerous contracted operations offered to civilians. In
performing his duties, Tucker aided in dismantling major drug cartels,
human trafficking rings, black market arms dealers, and organized
crime syndicates. He has been decorated numerous times and twice
received the Presidential Award for Excellence within the Intelligence Community by both Presidents Bush (1992 & 2008).
one man, a thousand shadows
Q & A WITH THE DIRECTOR
Why would a clandestine organization openly reveal themselves on a public website? Wouldn't that blow your cover?
The answer is simple: TGI is not a clandestine organization -- not by design, anyway. TGI simply facilitates specialized intelligence-gathering contracts, much like a talent agent fields offers for actors. Instead of entertainers, we represent unique and specialized Intelligence Officers.
When TGI receives a contract from the Intelligence Community that requires those officers,
we formulate an executable plan and subcontract assets who are best suited to execute that plan.
A mainstream clandestine organization, such as the CIA, may go public for any number of reasons including transparency. Despite how black-level agencies are represented on TV and in movies, the U.S. Government does not operate with deliberate or insidious intent to deceive American Citizens. Black-level operations are kept secret to protect the integrity of the mission. It is the enemy that forces its classified nature, not some plot to deceive the Nation.
Why does the U.S. Government need to contract their operations? Isn't that what government agents are for?
Government intelligence officers perform a variety of important duties but executing "unique & specialized" contracts is not one of them. Our contracts require a different skillset than the typical officer has. That is not a judgement on their ability as every
officer is trained to perform the duties their post requires. But it is more than just skill,
our contractors offer something an official officer of the government cannot: total anonymity. To protect the "community" and the operational objective, it is paramount that our contractors operate anonymously. Not even the agency contracting them
knows who they are or what actions they are taking. Operating in such a manner can seem unlawful and deceitful, but it is a necessary evil to keep the enemy in the dark. Some criminal elements are mere steppingstones to larger and more important players,
so we cannot tip our hand too soon. If an officer of the government was captured or exposed, the entire operation would be compromised. On the other hand, if a contracted officer was exposed, the USG would have deniability, as nothing connecting that officer to the government exists. All traces linking clandestine contractors to the USG are erased; their identities reduced to mere serial numbers. Their names, social security numbers, and photographs are removed from all official USG databases. The Intelligence Community refers to these contractors as NOC, "non-official cover". They do, and yet do not, work for the U S Government. It is their contradiction to the norm that makes them invaluable. When these officers "go dark" or renounce their identities, they become "shadows" of their former selves, hence the term "Shadow Ops". Contracting high-risk operations to non-official personnel helps protect the agency and potentially saves countless innocent lives.
What is the difference between Covert and Clandestine? Aren't they the same thing?
Isn't PsyOps that group that uses paranormal abilities like ESP and Remote Viewing to spy on the enemy?
PsyOps stands for Psychological Operations and has nothing to do with fringe science, though many may disagree. You may be thinking of paranormal or parapsychological warfare. The CIA oversaw an analysis of remote viewing back in the 1980s, having contracted SRI International to conduct those tests. They also compiled data on Paranormal Abilities in Humans around that time too, and both of those reports are now de-classified and available thru the FOIA. For the most part, the USG only dabbled in paranormal techniques during World War II, but mainly to understand Hitler’s obsession with the occult. Psychological Operations today are widely used in the military, but the definition of PsyOps varies slightly from branch to branch. The U.S. Army has the largest PsyOps division and mainly involves propaganda and outwardly influencing a large group or region. Their work in the middle east is ongoing. But, in the Clandestine Community, it is about tactically influencing and manipulating a single person or small group of people into believing something that is not true. It is about altering another's perception to garner trust. A deep cover operative relies on this tradecraft to convince the enemy he or she is one of them and then manipulates their confidence into disclosing vital information.
What is a Special Access Program?
Special Access Programs (SAPs) in the U.S. Federal Government are security protocols that provide highly classified information with safeguards and access restrictions that exceed those for regular classified information. SAPs can range from black projects to routine but especially-sensitive operations that may impose more stringent investigative or adjudicative requirements. Within the Department of Defense, SAP is better known as "SAR" by the mandatory Special Access Required (SAR) markings. In the Intelligence Community, these programs are referred to as "Controlled Access Programs (CAP). Both are similar to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), which is probably the best known of these designations. All three require a Top Secret clearance holder to establish a "need to access", and a "need to know". For SAP and CAP, there are two classifications: Unacknowledged and Acknowledged, which are somewhat self-explanatory. Though the designations may be unfamiliar to you, no doubt you are familiar with the phrase “Black Budget”. USAP and UCAP are always Black Budget programs, but not all of them are as intriguing as one may believe.
Tucker Global Initiatives was created to continue and broaden Gregory Douglas’ fundamental mission to “Ensure the World’s Future Through Intervention”. As director and co-founder of The Douglas Foundation, Mr. Douglas devoted his life to “saving mankind from itself” and believed humanity had to endure this dark stage of our evolution to learn to see beyond our hatred and fear. In doing so, a higher level of consciousness would emerge and connect humanity in ways we cannot imagine today. Understanding the barbarity of human nature would be a painful lesson, but we first must understand our primal nature before we can evolve beyond it. Douglas was often dismayed at the level of cruelty man inflicted upon one another, but he never lost hope. He had a vision of a unified human race and believed acting collectively would one day save us from certain annihilation.
Gregory Douglas was not only a man of vision; he was a man of action. He knew waiting for problems to correct themselves or discussing solutions endlessly in committee would not save humanity. He understood, in order to survive, it would take extraordinary people willing to perform difficult tasks that often required them to act as contemptible as the very enemy they sought to destroy. He understood the first battles to secure man's future were not going to be won by diplomacy. To evolve we had to face the darkness and conquer it. In war you fight fire with fire, and sometimes the ends do justify the means. Gregory Douglas gave his life so others would have a fighting chance to survive. He chose his fate and died as he lived: saving others. He faced his mortality without fear or regret, knowing his last human act was protecting innocent lives-- none of whom would ever know of his sacrifice.
Ensuring the world's future through intervention.
KEY FACTS ABOUT CONTRACTORS
70% of the U.S. intelligence budget is spent on private contractors.
This is a repeated misconception. 70% of the Intelligence Community (IC) budget is spent on contracts, not
contractors. Those contracts cover major acquisitions such as satellites and computer systems, as well as
commercial activities such as rent, food service, and facilities maintenance and security.
The Intelligence Community does not have an accurate picture of its contractor ranks and does not exercise
proper oversight over that community.
The IC is a leader in taking a serious, systematic approach to planning and managing its core contract personnel.
In 2006, the IC instituted its first-ever, annual inventory of core contract personnel. The inventory led to
intelligence policy directive 612, which (1) reinforces the prohibition on the use of contract personnel to
perform inherently governmental activities, (2) prescribes the circumstances in which contract personnel may be
used to support IC missions and functions, and, (3) beginning in Fiscal Year 2011, requires IC elements to plan
for and project the number of contract personnel they require, as part of their strategic workforce plans.
Private contractors are inappropriately performing “inherently governmental” functions.
The Intelligence Community does not condone or permit contract personnel to perform inherently governmental
intelligence work, as defined by OMB Circular A-76 revised, and reinforced recently in Intelligence Community
Directive 612. Core contract personnel may perform activities such as collection and analysis; however, it is
what you do with that analysis, who makes that decision, and who oversees the work that constitute the
“inherently governmental” functions. Allocating funds, prioritizing workload, and making critical decisions
remain strictly within the purview of government employees.
The dramatic increase in the number of security clearances granted to contractors represents unnecessary growth
in Intelligence Community ranks.
The growth in contractors was a direct response to an urgent need for unique expertise post-9/11. The surge in
contractors allowed the IC to fill the need for seasoned analysts and collectors while rebuilding the permanent,
civilian workforce. It also allowed agencies to meet required skills, such as foreign languages, computer
science, and electrical engineering.
Contractors represent a majority of the Intelligence Community workforce.
The number of core contractors who augment our civilian and military intelligence staffs comprise less than
one-third, actually 28%, of the total force. These core contractors, who perform functions like collection and
analysis, and have access to the same facilities, should not be confused with individuals producing commodities
or products (e.g., satellites), or performing administrative or IT services.
The number of security clearances for contractors equals the number of full-time contractors employed by the
You cannot count or track the number of full-time contractors, or understand the level of effort – that is, the
amount of time – that contractors spend on IC business, by counting security badges. Some contractors only
work part-time on IC business. For example, the IC could issue badges to 10 people who work the equivalent of
five full-time individuals.
All contractors cost more than their government counterparts.
It is true that core contract personnel are, on average, more expensive than their government counterparts.
However, in some cases, contractor personnel are less costly, especially if the work is short-term in nature,
easily available commercially, or requires unique expertise for immediate needs. Overall, core contractors
enable the Intelligence Community to rapidly expand to meet short-term mission needs or fulfill non-recurring
or temporary assignments, and then shrink or shift resources as the threat environment changes.
The Intelligence Community has enabled retirees to “double dip” by returning to their home agencies at full
salary, while receiving full pension.
The stark reality is that more than 50% of the Intelligence Community workforce was hired after 9/11. That
dramatic surge required people with the institutional knowledge and tradecraft to fill skill gaps and train new
hires. Much of that expertise existed among our retired ranks, who answered the post-9/11 call to duty as a de
facto “intelligence reserve corps.” It should be noted that this phenomenon was truer in the years immediately
after 9/11 than today. As intelligence officers hired immediately after 9/11 gained more experience, the need to re-hire experienced retirees decreased.