When I first read about The Activity in a USA Today article I thought, “holy shit, those guys have a comic book?!” Intelligence Support Activity is SOCOM’s more secretive, and compartmentalized unit. To tell you the truth, even those of us in SOF knew very little about them or what kind of operations they had going on.

So what do those guys actually do? From what I’ve read they mostly gather intelligence for JSOC’s Tier One elements, SEAL Team Six and Delta Force.

Remember that scene in Black Hawk Down where “Hoot” is chilling in the Bakaara market in Mogadishu while posing as a photographer? The movie has to simplify things for time considerations, but this is the type of work that ISA does.

The Activity focuses on Team Omaha, a fictional direct action team within ISA consisting of five operators who conduct snatch and grabs, surreptitious entries, surveillance device installations, figuring out how to help Delta Force achieve their objectives, and generally cleaning up the CIA’s messes. The five-man (and woman) team is Danny “Weatherman” Locke who fought in Operation Anaconda as a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment before getting hung out to dry for political reasons, Francis “Speakeasy” Doyle, Luke “Switch Foot” Styles, a Delta operator who made the transition to ISA, Zoe “Bookstore” Dallas, and the newest member who came to the team from Civil Affairs, Leslie “Fiddler” Ryan.