|Full Name||James Clancy Greer|
|Place of Birth||Jackson, Michigan|
|Relatives||Robert Greer (father), Ruth Greer (mother), Margaret Greer (sister), Henry Greer (brother)|
|Affiliations||Central Intelligence Agency (current)|
United States Navy (formerly)
Jim Greer (full name James Clancy Greer) was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. His father, Robert Greer, was a Michigan State Police trooper and former U.S. Navy SEAL; while his mother, Ruth Greer (née Earl), was a bank teller.
After graduating from Jackson High School, Jim went on to the University of Pennsylvania on a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship. He graduated summa cum laude from Penn with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in Management. Jim received a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. While at Penn, he decided to become a Navy SEAL officer. After completing Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training and basic parachute training at the U.S Army Airborne School, Jim went through SEAL Qualification Training and was then assigned to SEAL Team 5 as an assistant platoon commander.
He was later critically injured when a Black Hawk helicopter he was aboard crashed in a mountainous area of northern Iraq. The other eleven people aboard the helicopter died in the crash, which was caused by a malfunction onboard. Jim was evacuated from the crash site to Kirkuk Air Base, 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, Jim was medically discharged from the U.S. Navy after four years of service at the rank of Lieutenant.
He then moved to Washington, D.C., where found employment as an associate in the management consulting division at DDI Partners LLC, an international management consulting and investment banking firm. Jim left DDI Partners LLC after a year and enrolled in the doctoral economics program at MIT. After receiving his PhD in Economics from MIT five years later, he returned to DDI Partners LLC and obtained a position as a quantitative analyst and compliance officer in DDI Partners LLC's investment banking division. Six months into his new job with the firm, a high-ranking official with the Central Intelligence Agency named Jeffrey Pelt offered Jim a job as an outside analyst for the Agency. He accepted the job offer and was tasked with using his position at DDI Partners LLC to look for suspicious financial transactions that would indicate terrorist funding
A year later, Jim was recruited into the CIA to work as a full-time economic analyst. He subsequently resigned from DDI Partners LLC and then went on to the Career Analyst Program at the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis. After training, Jim 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. 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.
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, Jim 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. Jim developed a theory that the individual behind these transactions could be a high-level target. He eventually convinced T-FAD's group chief, Jacqueline Ryan, that his theory was right. Ryan was able to used T-FAD's resources to discover that the target's name was "Suleiman" and then had his bank account frozen. She also had the Special Activities Center put a surveillance team on the bank where the account was located. A couple of days later, the SAC 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. Jim and Ryan 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 Jim and Ryan arrived, the site was attack by a terrorist militia. During the attack, Jim surmised that one of the captured men was Suleiman. After a tense battle that left many dead, Suleiman escaped. Once Jim 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. Ryan pulled Suleiman's phone records, which lead them to Paris. There, Jim and Ryan worked with French DGSI agents and GIGN officers to track down Suleiman. Together, they took part in raiding an apartment that Jim'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, Jim 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. Jim 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. Jim Greer is in fact one of the most exemplary officers of the Central Intelligence Agency.