Agents of STRIKE
SHIELD is broken down into a few divisions, each performing their own distinct function within the agency.
Lead by: Executive Director Nick Fury, Deputy Director Maria Hill
The Executive Division oversees all of SHIELD. They co-ordinate the various facilities, projects, teams, and resources. They report directly to the World Security Council, and have the highest security clearance.
Lead by: Security Director Derek Khanata
SHIELD SEC handles all security at SHIELD facilities, internal affairs investigations, screening of SHIELD personnel, and acts as the guards at SHIELD prison facilities like the Raft. Led by Derek Khanata, a former member of the Wakanda secret police, SHIELD SEC have special protocols that allow them to over-rule everyone but the highest ranking agents of the Executive as circumstances require it.
Science and Technology (SCI-TECH)
Lead by: Dr. Bruce Banner
SCI-TECH designs all the gadgets, weapons, and vehicles that agents use in the field. They also study and analyse extranormal phenomenon that agents encounter, and help design containment cells to imprison super-criminals. They are some of the most brilliant minds in their field.
Lead by: Sharon Carter, Agent 13
OPS are SHIELD field agents. They all have at least Level 4 clearance, with Senior Agents having Level 5 or 6 clearance. These people do the “grunt-work” of SHIELD missions, and face death and danger against extranormal threats every single day. They do not possess enhanced abilities and are usually hired on from military and intelligence agencies, relying purely on skill and natural abilities (and advanced weaponry) against supernatural circumstances.
Lead by: Dr. Andrea Hope, Medical Director
SHIELD Medical keeps you in one piece. Additionally, they work closely with SCI-TECH to be on the cutting edge of medical technology. SHIELD is currently exploring options with regards to cybernetic prosthesis for injured field agents and restorative gene therapy for disease, as well as exploring the potential of these technologies for enhancement and augmentation.
Lead by: Communications Director Monica Chang
Considered to be the unsung heroes of SHIELD, COMMS performs the vital task of signals intelligence and cyber-espionage. Some of the best hackers in the world find themselves working for COMMS, sometimes because the alternative is federal prison.
Special Tactical Reserve for International Key Emergencies (STRIKE)
Lead by: STRIKE Director Clay Quartermain
Created in 2017 by a Level 7 Secret Order from Nick Fury himself, STRIKE is a special team of highly trained OPS agents and extranormals designed specifically to take on missions that would be unpalatable to send the Avengers on, either because it would be unacceptable to the public to send the Avengers on such missions or because the Avengers would not accept such missions, or both. Fury needed a team that would do what needed to be done, without question, and STRIKE was created to fill that role.
STRIKE’s existence is classified Level 7, and thus is unknown to both the general public and the majority of SHIELD. To the rest of SHIELD, STRIKE agents are senior agents of OPS and nothing more.
Sentient World Observation and Response Department (SWORD)
Lead by: SWORD Director Abigail Brand
SWORD’s mandate is to handle extra-terrestrial threats to Earth, and to keep abreast of the general goings-on of the rest of the galaxy. Currently, SWORD’s authority ends on the planet’s surface, where HAMMER and SHIELD take over.
Supernatural Threat Assessment for Known Entities (STAKE)
Lead by: STAKE Director Ulysses Bloodstone
STAKE is a new division of SHIELD. It is technically a sub-division of STRIKE and answerable in the chain of command to STRIKE Director Clay Quartermain. Like STRIKE, it is a black op but has the specific mandate of handling threats that are supernatural or mystical in nature, such as vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, and other related matters.
Currently, STAKE is composed of a single field team that is deployed on missions as needed.
Alternate Reality Observation Monitoring and Operational Response (ARMOR)
Lead by: ARMOR Director Rick Jones
ARMOR deals with all inter-dimensional and alternate reality matters. They formerly had their own super-hero team to respond to any dimensional incursions, known as the Ultimates, but given that the Avengers now have the security clearance to know about such matters it was considered redundant to have two teams when the Avengers or STRIKE could simply be deployed instead.
ARMOR’s existence is still withheld from the general public and even the majority of SHIELD. They still use their own internal security clearance system, something ARMOR Director Jones fought with HELM Director Garrett to protect. Garrett is aware of ARMOR and vaguely what they do, although he tends to give them a wide berth and stays out of specifics.
Lead by: Steve Rogers (Captain America)
The Avengers are, ostensibly, a division of SHIELD, although their membership is extremely small and very static. It is currently composed of Captain America (Steve Rogers), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Black Widow (Natasha Romanov), War Machine (James Rhodes), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) and Falcon (Sam Wilson).
The Avengers are outside the normal SHIELD chain of command and answer only to Executive Director Nick Fury, who has noted difficulty issuing them direct orders. SHIELD supplies the Avengers with equipment and vehicles, and allows them to essentially set their own agenda and missions, and thus far this arrangement has been working.
Recently, the Avengers have undergone a fairly major roster change. Thor has returned to Asgard, Bruce Banner now leads SHIELD SCI-TECH, and Tony Stark has retired to the private sector. The Ultimates, ARMOR’s own superhero team, has been dissolved, with the majority of that team being rolled into the Avengers (Gwen Stacy, the lone member of the team not joining the Avengers, returned to her own dimension).