My name's Jack Ryan. CIA. I'm the senior field analyst with the Counterterrorism Center's Terror Finance and Arms Division and I'm here to help.
Jack Ryan
Full Name John Patrick Ryan
Place of Birth Towson, Maryland
Relatives Emmet Ryan (father), Catherine Ryan (mother), Alexandra Ryan (sister)
Affiliations Central Intelligence Agency (current)
United States Marine Corps (formerly)
Hair Brown
Eyes Blue
Height 6'3 ft.
Weight 203 lbs.

Jack Ryan (full name John Patrick Ryan) was born and raised in Towson, Maryland. His father, Emmet William Ryan, was a Baltimore Police Department homicide detective and Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division; while his mother, Catherine Burke Ryan, was a nurse practitioner.

After graduating from Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, Jack went on to Boston College on a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship. He attended NROTC classes on the Boston University campus. Jack graduated summa cum laude from the Boston College Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. While at Boston College, Jack decided to become an infantry officer.

After The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course at Quantico, he was assigned as a rifle platoon commander to an infantry battalion. Later, Jack's battalion was deployed to Afghanistan. Three months into his deployment, he was critically injured when a Black Hawk helicopter he was aboard crashed in a high mountain area of Afghanistan. The other eleven people aboard the helicopter died in the crash, which was caused by a malfunction onboard.

Jack was evacuated from the crash site to Bagram Air Base near the capital, Kabul, and then flown to another U.S. base by a C-130 transport plane. His back was badly injured in the crash, requiring surgery at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. After a lengthy recovery process at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Jack was medically discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps after just three years of service.

He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he found employment as an entry-level investment banking analyst at Mueller & Associates, an international investment banking and stockbrokerage firm. Jack left Mueller & Associates after two years and then enrolled in the doctoral economics program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After receiving his PhD in Economics from MIT five years later, he returned to Mueller & Associates and obtained a position as a quantitative analyst and compliance officer in the firm's global markets division.

Six months into his new job with the firm, a high-ranking official with the Central Intelligence Agency named Tim O'Riley offered Jack a job as an outside analyst for the Agency. He accepted the job offer and was tasked with using his position at Mueller & Associates to look for suspicious financial transactions that would indicate terrorist funding. A year later, Jack was recruited into the CIA to work as a full-time economic analyst.

He subsequently resigned from Mueller & Associates and then went on to the Career Analyst Program at the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis. After training, Jack was posted as an economic analyst to the Office of Transnational Issues. He was given the official cover of a U.S. State Department financial management officer who supervises accounting and budgeting of State Department domestic and overseas acquisition programs. A couple of years into his career with the CIA, Jack was posted to the Terror Finance and Arms Division (T-FAD) in the Counterterrorism Center and assigned to analyze global markets and financial aberrations to uncover funding for terrorist groups.

His first portfolio in T-FAD was the Yemen desk and a little over a month in that capacity, he began monitoring SWIFT network transactions in and around Aden. Over a period of five weeks, Jack red-flagged several transactions as potentially suspicious. He recognized it as anomalous to see large, one-off SWIFT transactions to individuals, especially in Yemen. And normal SWIFT transactions usually occurred in patterns. Jack developed a theory that the individual behind these transactions could be a high-level target.

He eventually convinced T-FAD's group chief, James Greer, that his theory was right. Greer was able to used T-FAD's resources to discover that the target's name was "Suleiman" and then had his bank account frozen. Greer also had Special Activities Division put a surveillance team on the bank where the account was located. A couple of days later, the SAD officers in the detail and officers of the Yemeni Political Security Organization captured two men attempting to withdraw money from the account.

The Yemeni government believed the two detainees to be couriers. Jack and Greer flew to Yemen to assist in the interrogation of the detainees. The interrogation took place at a forward operating base in Yemen serving as a CIA black site. A few hours after Jack and Greer arrived, the site was attack by a terrorist militia. During the attack, Jack surmised that one of the captured men was Suleiman. After a tense battle that left many dead, Suleiman escaped.

Once Jack returned to CIA headquarters, he was able to use both confidential and open-source intelligence to find that Suleiman's full name is Musa Bin Suleiman. Greer pulled Suleiman's phone records, which lead them to Paris. There, Jack and Greer worked with French DGSI agents and GIGN officers to track down Suleiman. Together, they took part in raiding an apartment that Jack's analysis indicated Suleiman had taken refuge in. In the raid, Suleiman was captured and taken into the custody of the French government.

As a commendation for his role in capturing Suleiman and defunding Suleiman's terrorist cell, Jack was elevated to senior field analyst of T-FAD. In that capacity, he is frequently deployed as T-FAD's liaison with either CIA paramilitary units or U.S. military special operations units. Jack is deployed and embedded with these units whenever field operations-acquired economic or financial intelligence requires immediate analysis.

Although his official cover is that he is simply a supervisory financial management officer assigned to the Office of Acquisitions Management in the Office of Logistics Management of the Bureau of Administration at the United States Department of State, Dr. Jack Ryan is in fact one of the most exemplary officers of the Central Intelligence Agency.


  • Versions of this character appear in the espionage thriller franchise created by author Tom Clancy.
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