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The Intel Team was one of the units for both the Militaires Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Diamond Dogs.

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Militaires Sans Frontières

The Intel Team was one of five units of the Militaires Sans Frontières. It was brainstormed by Kazuhira Miller shortly after Sandinista child soldier Chico was rescued in Aldea de los Despiertos, Costa Rica.[1] The unit was responsible for gathering intelligence for MSF in regards to enemy activity, which involved investigating conflict regions, strongholds, and high-threat installations among other places of interest. They also offered support from Mother Base for MSF soldiers on field missions.

The Intel Team's investigations covered force strength, logistics, supply routes, planned operations and their feasibility, the chain of command at the location, and behavioral patterns at the target site, which included even the faces and family members of various personnel. Upon gaining this information, it was then dispatched to Mother Base in a report which was then used for planning infiltration missions. Depending on the developing situation, contract work could also be assigned to Intel Team agents. Intel Team agents generally infiltrate the target location alone, although they would call in choppers for emergency extraction if necessary.[2] The Intel Team also often worked with the R&D Team to develop various radar equipment for MSF, and could also deliver supplies to allied mercenary units, as well as delivering supplies and fire support to any operatives on the field.

Warning: The following events occur in the pseudo-historical Side Ops in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes; its level of canonicity is ambiguous.

On December 7, 1974 at 05:31, an MSF Intel Unit Member known as Hideo requested extraction from his current location. Because of this, Big Boss had to personally infiltrate the location and ensure the agent's escape.

At some point later, Miller secretly sent an Intel Team agent to investigate the base in an attempt to gain a lead on Cipher's involvement, having suspected them of creating the black site, although this resulted in his capture and torture under Skull Face as well as representatives of various intelligence groups, including the MI6, the BND, the ISI, and at least one Soviet intelligence officer. He was later rescued by Big Boss on January 9, 1975.

Side Ops information ends here.

After Chico disappeared in Cuba, the Intel Team was charged with locating him, eventually finding him at the prison camp alongside Paz Ortega Andrade (which corroborated Chico's earlier SOS transmission to MSF).

Diamond Dogs

Spoiler warning: Plot or ending details for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain may follow.

Like its predecessor, the Diamond Dogs also had an Intel Team (which was at least once also referred to as the Intel Unit). The unit was formed partially in response to the encounter with Skull Face during the Honey Bee incident.[3][4] It specialized in information gathering via both HUMINT and SIGINT styles. It operated by sending agents onto the field and interacting with the locals, either by operating directly on the field as scouts, or otherwise by acting as moles, sometimes disguising themselves as either residents or travelers and ask for information. They also observed targets via hidden bugs, cameras, and transmitters, as well as tapping into satellite and phone communications used by the targets. All of these aspects gave them intel on specific actions the enemy was going to undergo as well as supplying an overall picture of how the war was going, PFs changing during the war, and seeing if there were any jobs available, as well as determining threat assessment and whether to accept contracts from certain clients.[3]

They also, during missions, kept track of target locations and produced FOM predictions as well as reporting mission-critical information based on real time remote observations in the current area of operations, with it being relayed to the Mother Base's Command Platform to be interpreted. However, a downside was that, due to their undercover work, the operatives were not allowed to carry weapons during their duties, or at best only carry a knife meaning they couldn't directly support Venom Snake at their side, especially against heavily-armed adversaries like PF soldiers. This was in order to ensure they didn't expose themselves to the enemy, and if they were found by Venom Snake, they would be reprimanded.[3]

Aside from information gathering and scouting, they also are capable of conducting plant surveying in the area of operations, forecasting weather changes via the weather, cryptanalysis, and providing aid to various Security Teams to the FOB. Also like MSF, it also helped in the development of various weapons and equipment for Diamond Dogs. Unlike MSF, however, it didn't actually aid in delivering supplies, which was instead relegated to the Support Unit.

The Intel Team proceeded to locate the shipment for Walker Gears as well as a convoy containing the payment for SANR, the "company" officially responsible for supplying the weaponry, also discovering that a convoy route was being used frequently.[5]

At some point, two Intel Team members that had been undercover within the Contract Forces of Africa ended up captured by the PF as well as interrogated[6] due to the latter party suspecting Diamond Dogs for deliberately causing an epidemic among their own.[7] One of them was severely tortured enough that he could not escape on his own, while the other managed to escape his cell and made an SOS transmission to Diamond Dogs, also leaving behind his transceiver as a clue to Venom Snake as to where he was headed. The latter, upon being rescued, revealed that not only did he not give in to the interrogation, but he even managed to procure intel about them by "swallowing" it,[8] with Miller upon his being brought back to Mother Base proceeding to request that the agent get a raise for his retrieving the intel on the CFA, as well as providing evidence to where the other team member was located.[9] The former's injuries required Venom Snake to extract him directly via chopper instead of using the Fulton.

After infiltrating the Devil's House, the Intel Team proceeded to analyze the (comparatively) little amount of recordings they could hear from various tape recorders that had an acoustic tube shoved into several patients throats that Venom Snake discovered, having recorded the entire thing via Snake's radio earlier due to anticipating the possibility of it being destroyed. They uncovered that the recordings included a report on three deaths on the autoroute near Marseille, protests outside the Libyan embassy in London, a press conference with the former Prime Minister of Sweden, a then-four-month old weather forecast for Balikpapan, various commercials for appliances, cough syrup, and TV dinners, a speech that sounded like it was recorded out on the street, and people chatting about how well 1984's tomato crop did, with most of them coming across as having come from average public broadcasts via TV signals and the radio, as well as it being recorded in various languages (including French, German, Italian, Spanish [both Castellian and South American accents], Russian, Hindi, Arabic, Portugese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese) except for English, which they assumed at the time that they might have simply missed due to the static for the more distant recordings as well as the possibility of the recordings having a program that changes by the day. They were only partway through the cryptanalysis (which included checking all audio ranges, and running it backwards and at different speeds, and vocabulary breakdown for political suggestions and ideological common points) when Miller gave the Intel Team's report on their progress to Venom Snake in the aftermath, mostly that they couldn't find anything that tied them together.[10][11]

The Intel Team was later tasked with trying to find any leads to a cure for the vocal cord parasite outbreak at Mother Base. However, a few of them were captured by Zero Risk Security, and one ended up escaping only to be captured by Rogue Coyote, although not before sending an SOS signal to Diamond Dogs,[12] also making clear that he has a solid lead regarding the epidemic. Miller, upon getting the SOS signal, then told Venom Snake that they got a response from one of the Intel Team members before planning a mission to rescue the agent.[13] The one captured by Rogue Coyote ultimately managed to survive thanks to Snake's efforts[14] as well as supply a clue on how to find the cure,[15] although the remaining two held by Zero Risk Security were ultimately killed and placed inside a mass grave, with Diamond Dogs discovering their bodies around the time they extracted a defecting XOF scientist responsible for the parasites development, Code Talker.[16]

After some of the child soldiers escaped, the Intel Team had been dispatched to find them, with Miller suspecting their sudden departure had something to do with the then-recent death of Ralph.[17]

Spoilers end here.

Known members

Militaires Sans Frontières
Warning: The following events occur in the pseudo-historical Side Ops in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes; its level of canonicity is ambiguous.
Side Ops information ends here.
Diamond Dogs


Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
    Kazuhira Miller: [Big] Boss! I had an idea. Listen to this. // Naked Snake (Big Boss): Lemme guess. You want to start running ads in the local gossip rags. // Miller: Please, what do you take me for? I thought that with all the new guys we’ve got, we should get an Intel Team going. We’d send agents around the country to scout out different locations. That way we’re better prepared – no matter where we end up. // Snake: That’s actually not a bad idea. // Miller: They could probably develop recon equipment for us, too. We could also have them transport goods and direct the Mother Base support strikes. You can send an item to a Co-Op teammate from the “DELIVERY” Menu.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014)
    Intel Operative Rescue opening narrative:
    "Snake's army [Militaires Sans Frontieres] has spies operating around the world. The members of this Intel Team investigate conflict regions, strongholds, and other places of interest. Their investigations cover force strength, logistics, supply routes, planned operations, and behavioral patterns at the site- even down to the names and faces of family members. This intel is then recorded to help devise infiltration missions. Contract work is also taken on as the situation warrants. Agents infiltrate target sites themselves, though choppers are available if emergency evac. becomes necessary."
  3. ^ a b c Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Cassette Tapes > Briefing files > Info > At Mother Base [4] > Intel Team
    Kazuhira Miller: Diamond Dogs' Intel Team specializes in information gathering, mainly HUMINT and SIGINT. they plant scouts and moles in the field. These operatives will blend into the local populace and work under the guise of a resident, or disguise themselves as travelers and ask around for information. They observe targets using various hidden bugs, cameras and transmitters, and by tapping their satellite and phone communications. Analyzing all this information creates a clear picture of how wars and the PFs fighting them are changing. This data can also be used for threat assessment when deciding whether to accept contracts from certain clients.And during missions, the Intel Team keeps track of target locations, and produces FOM predictions... Reporting mission-critical information based on real-time remote observation of changes in the AO. What you hear from us over the radio is based on how we interpret the data gathered at the Command Platform. However, Intel Team operatives go unarmed in almost all situations, to avoid revealing themselves to the enemy. Some will carry a knife, but most have nothing at all. As such, don't expect them to help you take on heavily-armed adversaries like PF soldiers. Think of them as entirely passive in the hot zone. Plus, they use all manner of techniques to remain inconspicuous in the field. If you EVER saw one, he'd have some serious explaining to do. So remember, their specialty is espionage. They may not be of use in a firefight...but when it comes to Intel, they're pros.
  4. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: Boss, I'm creating a new Intel Team to support you in our areas of operation. Members of this team will head out into the field and conduct reconnaissance. Knowing the strength of an enemy force beforehand will help you carry out missions more smoothly. We may also learn something about the skull-faced man. So Boss... That brings me to assigning staff to the Intel Team. There might be guys already assigned to other teams who are more suited for the Intel Team. Go ahead and reassign them as you see fit.
  5. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Traitor's Caravan briefing
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: Boss, about those Walker Gears deployed by the CFA... It appears that it's not just the CFA, PFs all along the Angola-Zaire border are also getting equipped with them. The bipedal technology was developed by the Soviets... but Cipher's the one supplying it to the PFs. The question is why? What's in it for them? The answer may lie in the "compensation" being traded to Cipher by the PFs. Many outfits operating in Africa get locally-mined resources as spoils of war. Diamonds, nuggets of gold, and rare metals. According to the Intel Team, there's a PF convoy that regularly transports the goods. Escorted by armored vehicles, no less. Pretty heavy security for crossing the Angolan savannah. I can't imagine Cipher would be so interested in minerals alone. Those convoys have to be transporting something else. Something that holds the key to Cipher's plans. Boss, I want you to extract the truck, cargo and all, from the PF convoy. Let's find out what Cipher's real goals are.
  6. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Rescue the Intel Agents briefing
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: Boss, this is an emergency. We had two Intel Team agents undercover at the PF Contract Forces of Africa. The CFA have captured them both. They don't have long to live. Since our mission at the oilfield, we're no longer just business rivals to the CFA - we're enemies, and they want revenge. Our men will be killed the moment the interrogation's complete. And then it won't just be a matter of two dead soldiers. Their execution will be a catalyst, sparking resentment within Diamond Dogs against the CFA. Our men will push us to retaliate. Then things'll cease to be about business. We'll be starting a personal war. That's not what we set out to do. The two men are being held in Kiziba Camp. Hurry, Boss. They're counting on you. Don't let 'em down.
  7. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Intel Team member 2: They kept saying the disease was our fault. Just shouting it at me... over and over... Kept saying, "You think we're angry? The poor bastards from Masa Village will... will bleed you all dry for this."
  8. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Intel Team member 1: Boss... our other man... is here. I never told them a thing. I have intel on them... I swallowed it.
  9. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: Boss, our man you extracted gave us all the intel he could. Now we know exactly where our other agent is being held captive. And he brought back intel on the CFA... guy deserves a raise. Check it on your iDroid.
    This radio conversation is supplied upon retrieving the first Intel Agent.
  10. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Cassette Tapes > Briefing files > Info > The Factory of the Dead > Analysis of the Voices in the Factory
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: One more thing - about the surgery that had been performed on the people in the "devil's house." // Venom Snake: Yeah? // Miller: You said that their throats were cut open, with an acoustic tube pushed inside. // Snake: Yeah. The tubes were hooked up to tape recorders, playing some kind of audio. // Miller: Well, we picked up some of that audio through your radio transmissions and recorded it here. The Intel Team has been working on analyzing the communications log. // Snake: What have they found? // Miller: There's nothing tying the contents together. We've got... a report on three deaths on the autoroute near Marseille, protests outside the Libyan embassy in London, a press conference with the former Prime Minister of Sweden, a four-month old weather forecast for Balikpapan... and then commercials for appliances, cough syrup, and TV dinners. Assuming they're not all staged, they come off as recordings of your average public broadcasts. // Snake: Public broadcasts? Just radio and TV signals? // Miller: Yes, and from all over the world. We're looking into whether they're genuine or not, just to be sure. What else... A speech that sounded like it was recorded out on the street, and people chatting about how well this year's tomato crop did. // Snake: And there's nothing they have in common? // Miller: We're partway through the cryptanalysis. That includes checking all audio ranges, and running it backwards and at different speeds. Then there's vocabulary breakdown for political suggestions, ideological common points... but I don't think it's going to get us anywhere. // Snake: Where were the recordings made? // Miller: There's nothing linking them from that angle either. Just like you reported, we've detected virtually every language there is - French, German, Italian... Spanish, including South American accents. Then there's Russian, Hindi, Arabic, Portugese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese... // Snake: They're nothing if not thorough... // Miller: (heh) Well, I don't know if they've got them all covered. Ignoring the ones that have gone extinct, supposedly over 5,000 languages exist today. Besides, English isn't one of the ones we picked up. // Snake: Really? English? // Miller: I know. Only 5% of the world's population is a native English speaker, but when you factor in those who've acquired it as a second language, nearly one third of the people speak it. The world's dominant lingua franca. You've got to figure they had it somewhere among all the languages in that place. // Snake: No English... // Miller: Bear in mind we didn't hear everything that was played in that room. We couldn't isolate the more distant sounds due to static, and the, well, the "program" could have been set to change every day. In a nutshell, for reasons unknown, people in that room with a common medical condition were made to listen to recordings in languages from around the world. It's not clear how the growths on their chests fit into it. It could have been a treatment for them, or an experiment of some kind. // Snake: I'm guessing one person knows. // Miller: Yeah - Skull Face. He was there. The only thing we can say for sure is that he's involved.
  11. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Mission 20: Voices debriefing
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: Skull Face. So he was in Africa after all. Working behind the scenes, with even that "Man on Fire" at his beck and call... But what the hell was going on at "the Devil's House"? Earphones embedded into people's throats, tapes playing voices... And those lumps on their chests... It looked like the ones on the bodies at the oilfield. The Man on Fire burned everything to the ground... But we were recording audio the whole time you were there. We'll conduct a thorough analysis of it.
  12. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Root Cause briefing
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: Boss. The Intel Team's hard at work investigating the cause of that illness spreading through Mother Base. Problem is, a bunch of our agents in the field are still MIA. Progress has been slow... until now. We just got a distress call from one of them. He said he's got intel on the origin of the disease. But...the PF in the area got to him before we did. There's been no further contact from him, but we know he's being held at the guard post on the western end of the mine. There's still a good chance he's alive. We can't afford to let him die. Right now, he's the only link we have to the root cause of the epidemic. Get our man back, Boss.
  13. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Miller (radio): Boss, we've finally heard from one of our missing Intel Team members. He says he has a solid lead on the epidemic at Mother Base. Take a look at the mission details ASAP.
  14. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Root Cause debriefing
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: Boss, the Intel Team member you extracted is gonna be OK. All thanks to your quick actions. He keeps muttering the same things over and over. About "the pathogen." and the old man who knows how to treat it... "Code Talker." He even told us where he is. This is our only lead, Boss. Let's go meet this Code Talker.
  15. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Root Cause
    Intel Team member: I know... Where they got their pathogen... Code... Talker... They have the "mansion" surrounded... The "old man..." will die... If you find him, you gotta - Our other men got me out of that "mansion..." Acted as human shields... Told me, "Get this intel to the boss..." They have them now... Somewhere...
  16. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Code Talker debriefing
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: Boss, we found the bodies of the two missing Intel Team members in Lufwa Valley. We knew we wouldn't get them back alive, but still... it's a damn shame. Don't let their sacrifice go to waste, Boss. We need to stop the epidemic at Mother Base. That old man... Code Talker... he's the only hope we've got.
  17. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Miller (radio): Boss, I've updated the Mission List. We've received some new job offers. The details are on your iDroid. Boss. Some of the kids we've been keeping here have escaped. We don't know why they ran off, but it may have something to do with Ralph's death. The Intel Team's looking for them as we speak. I'll add information to your SIDE OPS list as it comes in. You need to locate and secure those kids. I'll try to find out what happened.

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