Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (B.S.A.A)
The fall of Umbrella in 2003 sparked the birth of a worldwide era of bioterrorism and B.O.W.s and viruses began to show up on the black market. These weapons wound up in the hands of terrorists, guerrilla fighters, and unstable state governments and soon the threat of illegal bio-organic weapons began to be felt around the world. Because the Global Pharmaceutical Consortium feared they would be held accountable for this problem, they conversed their resources to form a specialised anti-bioterror unit known as the Biohazard Security Assessment Alliance. Upon inception, the unit comprised of just 11 specialised individuals, all of whom had extensive knowledge and experience fighting biological weapons and became known as the ‘Original Eleven’, named after the ‘Original Seven’ from Project Mercury.
Two of these members were Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, both of whom were combat veterans with extensive experience fighting the monstrosities created by Umbrella. Others included Clive R. O’Brian; a prominent expert on bioterrorism who was installed as the B.S.A.A.’s first operational director, and a fourth member was an unnamed U.S. Government agent who helped plan a sting operation to arrest a top Umbrella official in 2001. He also brought back Sheva Alomar from Africa and eventually recommended she join the organisation. The other seven members have never been disclosed.
The precursor organisation to the B.S.A.A. was the B.C.U. (Biohazard Containment Unit), originally organised into regional units from various countries. Like the B.S.A.A. it was a private outfit and not a governmental organisation. Its operatives were specialists with either law-enforcement or military experience. The B.C.U. was privately funded by numerous rival pharmaceutical companies to Umbrella and some of these groups used the unit to secretly obtain Umbrella’s research results. The B.C.U. was absorbed into the B.S.A.A. following Umbrella’s dissolution and the B.S.A.A. itself was formally established in 2004. The motto of the organisation was ‘Saving the World. One B.O.W. At a Time.’
Initially the job of the B.S.A.A. was limited to that of observers to armies and police units around the world that conducted counter-bioterrorism operations. Unfortunately, the world’s bioterrorism problem was much bigger than anyone had anticipated, and so a new course of action was required to handle the problem. To that end, consideration was given to creating a team that could react instantly to threats, but the B.S.A.A. was still only a civilian-led organisation. They could not operate freely in sovereign nations, and thus were unable to conduct investigations, make pertinent arrests, or even use force when the situation dictated it. As the threat of bioterror continued to grow, it became clear that they needed greater flexibility if they were to operate effectively. The organisation also frequently clashed with the F.B.C., America’s largest domestic anti-bioterror agency although Clive O’Brian developed an uneasy alliance with Commissioner Morgan Lansdale over time.
One of their earliest operations came when the European Union pushed Lansdale and the F.B.C. to accept support from the B.S.A.A. during the Terragrigia Panic. But Lansdale fought the order and in the end only O’Brian and a small contingent of support staff were allowed on site and their influence was extremely limited. O’Brian fiercely objected to the F.B.C.s use of the Regia Solis satellite matrix to scorch the city and wipe out the biohazard, citing vital evidence would be lost about who was responsible for the disaster and why. But he had no authority to prevent Lansdale from doing so, demonstrating how the B.S.A.A. then lacked in power and influence. However, they had good enough relations at that time with the U.S. Government for Adam Benford’s ‘Secret Military Agency’/AUPIT to share a classified copy of the ‘Kennedy Report’ with the B.S.A.A.; a confidential document detailing Leon’s encounter with the Las Plagas parasite in Southern Europe.
In 2005, O’Brian worked with F.B.C. agent and secret Tricell spy Raymond Vester to orchestrate a faked revival of the Veltro terrorist group to unlock the secrets behind what really caused the Terragrigia Panic. This resulted in exposing Lansdale as a terrorist collaborator and he was eventually arrested. Shortly afterwards the F.B.C. was dissolved completely and its personnel and resources were integrated into the B.S.A.A. This led to the complete reformation of the organisation which was restricted and reformed under the jurisdiction of the United Nations. But the B.S.A.A.’s exposure of Lansdale and undermining of the F.B.C. brought unwanted embarrassment for the U.S. Government who were still tryingto regain public trust following years of accusations about Raccoon City and possible collusions with Umbrella Corporation. This led to a frosty relationship between the pair to the extent that the B.S.A.A.’s offer of assistance in the aftermath of the Harvardville outbreak in November 2005 was refused by the government. In the aftermath, a meeting was set up between Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield, representing the first time the two men had met face to face, and although the contents of this meeting remain confidential, it was hoped this meeting was the start of repairing the relationship between the two respective organisations.
As a public body, the B.S.A.A. now had the authority in sovereign nations to use force when conducting investigations and making arrests. They had full authority to act within the 70% of U.N. member nations that ratified the formation, and the remaining countries authorised their presence on a conditional or invitational basis. Though the B.S.A.A. was under the direct control of the United Nations, its member nations did not provide all the funding necessary to keep it running. It was now a public organisation with international staff and as a result, the modern B.S.A.A. still had to rely on donations from the Global Pharmaceutical Consortium and outside sponsorship. Many criticisms have been levelled at the B.S.A.A. due to the conflict of interest created by this status quo. Tricell was also a major contributor and this allowed them to put severe pressure on B.S.A.A. headquarters should the organisation conduct investigations that were not in Tricell’s best interests.
Despite criticism, the funding from the G.P.C. removed the financial burden from participatory nations, and as such, any motivation to change the situation and incur unwanted expenses. For the G.P.C. it also acted as positive PR and so this partnership has been beneficial to all parties involved. The reformed B.S.A.A. was managed by the Bioterrorism Assessment Committee, established by the European Headquarters and housed in England to be the organisation’s decision-making body. The committee gave directives to each of the B.S.A.A.’s eight worldwide branches, which covered nearly all regions of the world.
Each branch had had its own headquarters close to a hub airport or military air base, allowing them to dispatch a unit into any area within their jurisdiction in under 12 hours. Depending on the circumstance, several branches could collaborate on a mission in the same region. The B.S.A.A. conducted numerous operations over the years and by 2009 there were over 3000 B.O.W. related terrorism incidents reported each year and the B.S.A.A. had made over 1000 deployments to stop terrorist attacks. It was not uncommon for the various branches to work together such as Chris and Jill of the North America branch being asked to assist the European branch in the apprehension and arrest of Oswell E. Spencer in 2006. Chris also assisted the West African Branch in 2009 during the Kijuju outbreak and the Oceania branch in 2010 during the Philosophy University incident. In 2012 the North American division assisted their Eastern European counterparts in Edonia and a year later, they deployed in Lanshiang after the U.S. Government rejected their offer of assistance during the Tall Oaks outbreak. Thanks to the combined efforts of the B.S.A.A.’s North American and Far East branches, the threat of the deadly C-Virus being unleashed across the world was stopped.
In 2015, following 11 years of operation and commemorating ten years since they reformed under the United Nations, they changed their logo and incorporated two swords into the design. In later years the B.S.A.A. also developed a working relationship with the newly revived Umbrella PMC. Blue Umbrella were a highly controversial revival of the original company formed by ex-employees with a mission statement of atoning for the sins of the original corporation. Sometime after Albert Wesker’s death, Umbrella PMC came into possession of extensive anti-virus research Wesker had secretly compiled and collated for his own personal benefit. These materials were subsequently used by Blue Umbrella to develop a variety of extremelyeffective Anti-B.O.W. firearms. These weapons were sent to the B.S.A.A. for testing before undergoing mass-production which helped Umbrella gain the trust of the B.S.A.A. and a belief that their intentions were genuine in cleaning up the mess left behind by the original Umbrella. This relationship came to light when a Japanese journalist noticed B.S.A.A. members using Umbrella PMC weaponry. An interview was arranged with Umbrella’s ‘Anti Bio-Weapons Development Bureau’ who confirmed the arrangement and the existence of the Albert W. series firearms. B.S.A.A. advisors were sometimes asked to assist Blue Umbrella with field missions and were given access to the ‘Umbrella Arsenal System’ which contained confidential data. Most recently, Chris Redfield himself assisted Blue Umbrella in June 2017 when he participated in ‘Operation Lurking Fear’ to assist Umbrella PMC in capturing Lucas Baker and uncovering his links to The Connections crime syndicate. Other elite B.S.A.A. members also worked for Blue Umbrella’s Special Case Disposal Teams.
Each B.S.A.A. branch had a considerable number of people on their tactical teams, most of them coming from police special forces and militaries around the world. The support staff for the teams was also quite large, and they came mainly from government organisations in different countries. There were many groups of experts on the staff that provided technical, medical, physical, and mental support to the teams. Field agents of the B.S.A.A. were generally divided into two classifications; Special Operations Units (S.O.U) – which operated in squad formation, and Special Operations Agents (S.O.A.), which typically operated in two-man cells. Both these groups were supported by the Air Support Platoon offering elevated fire support, evacuation and a direct link from headquarters.
S.O.U.s are usually made up of combat professionals sanctioned to infiltrate an area, engage in combat, and subdue offenders. Many S.O.U.s come from the special units of their respective nation’s law enforcement bodies, or have previous military experience themselves. They were usually broken up into teams of twelve. The makeup of these teams was flexible; depending on the mission, they could be broken up into three teams of four, or mixed with other teams for a more diverse range of abilities. In order to match the scale of an operation, cells from other teams were brought in on a regular basis. For one specific joint operation, there were 70 elite members working together.
S.O.A.s were specialists used for investigations and espionage, and were often referred to simply as ‘Agents.’ Agents were chosen not only for their skill, but also for their psychological suitability and adaptability in all situations. Some agents, such as Chris Redfield, were given Level 10 clearance which granted them the right to participate in missions executed within the jurisdiction of any B.S.A.A. branch. S.O.A.s were considered the eyes and ears for the B.S.A.A. During certain operations, it sometimes became difficult for tactical teams to penetrate to the front, so it was up to the agents to carry out the missions. During those types of missions, a two-man cell was the basic deployment unit required to carry out the mission. Agents who work alone were highly capable, and they ranked higher than S.O.U. members; however, agents were not chosen so much for their abilities or technical prowess, but for the mental toughness and aptitude in handling situations. In actual skills and abilities, they were regularly outperformed by S.O.U. members.
Silver Dagger: – This was a special elite unit designed to carry out longer-term missions such as developing intelligence packets, evidence gathering and eventual arrest of bio-weapons traffickers; operations that could take months or even years to complete. They could operate freely in any of the regional B.S.A.A. jurisdictional zones and had access to superior weapons and prototype equipment. They used a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey for transport and the unit was ran by a former Special Forces operative named D.C. Undercover Agents: – Occasionally the B.S.A.A. would send a lone agent into the field for covert intelligence missions. Examples include Reynard Fisher operating a butcher’s shop in Kijuju in 2009 whilst recording the movements of Ricardo Irving, and Cathy White infiltrating Glenn Arias’ operations in 2013. These individuals are primed for deep-cover and can spend weeks if not months at a time in the field.
Advisors: – Respected individuals with a wealth of experience are invited as advisors or remain affiliated with the B.S.A.A. These roles are usually non- combativeand can involve the training of junior members, but on special occasions they can take part in field missions. B.S.A.A. advisors include former director Clive O’Brian and ex-S.T.A.R.S. members Barry Burton and Rebecca Chambers. All these mobile field units were supplemented by the Intelligence Analysis Office where all gathered information was assessed to identify any genuine bio-terror threat. This information was then collated and forwarded onto the Operational Planning Office where a B.S.A.A. deployment was pre-planned in meticulous detail. Both the Intelligence Analysis and Operational Planning worked simultaneously with the Communications Section who dealt with public affairs and the media.
A majority of the BSAA’s weapons, vehicles and equipment stemmed from the Technology Development Division based at the BSAA European Headquarters. These include various aircraft, airboats and the main method of ground troop transport, the HMMWV Gambit. These were four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicles and could transport up to six soldiers at a time. They were highly versatile and their weapons and armaments could be changed to suit the mission and environment it was used in. Variations included a snorkel-equipped truck bed, a covered truck bed, and a smoke discharger. The vehicle’s superior durability and horsepower made it well-suited to anti-bioterror activities in even the most extreme climates. Standard-issue B.S.A.A. weaponry has also varied greatly over the years, from the M92F and G36 machine gun to the Beretta 92FS and SIG 556 machine gun. Special customised weaponry is also permitted for individual members. Quint Cetcham, technical specialist working for the Technology Development Division personally developed the Samurai Edge A1 for Jill Valentine and the Samurai Edge Model V.II for Barry Burton. As of the present day, the B.S.A.A. still represents the largest global anti-bioterrorism taskforce in the world.
European Headquarters: – Europe and western Russia
Middle East Branch: – The Middle of East and part of Africa
North American Branch: – The entire North American continent
South American Branch: – The entire South American continent
West African Branch: – The western part of the African continent (Sheva Alomar is stationed here)
East African Branch: – The eastern part of the African continent
Far East Branch: – Eastern Russia and the countries east of India
Oceania Branch: – Australia is the centre of operations of Oceania (Antarctica also falls under the jurisdiction of the Oceania Branch.)