OSINT – FBI HRT

 

“The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) was established in 1983 to be a national level counterterrorist unit, offering a tactical option for any extraordinary hostage crisis or other law enforcement situation that may occur within the United States. Today, HRT responds to the most urgent and complex FBI cases in the U.S. and abroad. It is part of the Tactical Support Branch of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), and is based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

The HRT is organized into Tactical Units, each of which is made up of assaulter and sniper/observer Operators. These tactical elements are supported by a Tactical Helicopter Unit, Tactical Mobility Team, logistics, intelligence, communications, and command staffs.”

  • The unit has conducted over 800 rescues.
  • HRT has only had 300 personnel since 1983.
  • The Tactical Units are based out of  the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia
  • The Strategic Information Operations Center (SOIC), located on the fifth floor of the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington DC., directs kinetic operations.
FBI HRT MOUT Drills, courtesy of WaPo

FBI HRT MOUT Drills, courtesy of WaPo

 

Media:

BBC. FBI Hostage Rescue Team.” Accessed January 6, 2015.

The Guardian. “FBI agents die in Virginia training accident.” May 19, 2013. Accessed January 6, 2015.

NPR. FBI Hostage Rescue Team.” Accessed January 6, 2015.

NYT. “Hostage Rescue Team.” Accessed January 6, 2015.

Reuters. FBI Hostage Rescue Team.” Accessed January 6, 2015.

SpecWarNet. “FBI Hostage Rescue Team.” Accessed January 6, 2015.

USA Today. Hostage Rescue Team.” Accessed January 6, 2015.

WaPo. “FBI Hostage Rescue Team.” Accessed January 6, 2015.

WaPo. Inside the FBI’s secret relationship with the military’s special operations.” April 10, 2014. Accessed January 6, 2015.

 

Government:

DHS. “Hostage Rescue Team.” Accessed January 6, 2015.

DoJ. “Hostage Rescue Team.” Accessed January 6, 2015.

FBI. “HRT Recruitment.” Accessed January 6, 2015.

FBI. “Stories: The Hostage Rescue Team.” February 1, 2013. Accessed January 6, 2015.

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