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Douglas Wayne Shetland was born on April 18, 1959, in Boone, Iowa. He received an Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Alabama State University in 1981.
He then joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Marine Recon and attaining the rank of Major. During the Gulf War in 1991, Shetland served as the leader of a laser sighting team in the Desert Storm bombing campaign in Kuwait. At some point during his time in the USMC he operated alongside the Navy SEALs, where he met Sam Fisher. The two became close friends when they were both stationed aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during the war to conduct special combat missions in then-occupied Kuwait. In May 1992, Shetland was captured in Norte de Santander, Colombia, by FARC guerillas while serving as a liaison to the Colombian Army. He was successfully rescued by Fisher, who, despite going against direct orders, went off the radar, left camp and freed Shetland from captivity. It was heroic acts like this that earned Fisher his highly respected reputation as a solo operative, which later led to him being recruited as the first forward operator for the "Splinter Cell" program, as part of the Third Echelon initiative.
In 2002, Shetland's superiors tried to make him a scapegoat for a friendly fire incident in Bagram, Afghanistan that wasn't his fault. Although he was granted a full honourable discharge by the court, he was disengaged from Afghanistan and demoted to a "five star office job". Embittered, Shetland left the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after the incident, sued the U.S. military and won. He used the proceeds ($700,000) from his lawsuit and established Displace International. Due to Shetland's extensive background in special operations and connections within its community, Displace International became an extremely successful Private Military Contractor (PMC), with extensive global contracts for the U.S. government. It also went on to become the first private security company to be listed on the Fortune 500.
During the Indonesian Crisis in 2006, Shetland was captured by Indonesian guerrillas known as the Darah Dan Doa (Blood & Prayer) led by Suhadi Sadono after their raid on the U.S. Embassy to Dili in East Timor. But Shetland was rescued by his friend, Sam Fisher, as a bonus to his mission there. Shetland and Fisher would later perform a joint operation against Sadono's Kundang camp, in which Shetland provided tactical support with Displace mercenaries and helped facilitate Fisher's risky extraction.
Cyber Attacks/East Asian Attacks
During the events in 2007, it was believed that corrupt members of Displace International were responsible for elevating tensions between South Korea (backed by the United States) and North Korea (backed by China and elements of the old U.S.S.R.), in hope of initiating war in the region. This plot was uncovered by Third Echelon, as a result of tracking kidnapped U.S. citizen Bruce Morgenholt, who was responsible for working on the information warfare (IW) algorithms derived from the Masse Kernels. Third Echelon eventually discovered that it was in fact Shetland who had orchestrated the covert plot, in an attempt to bring about a new global regime change by means of the East Asian Crisis. Shetland organized payment to "The People's Voice" leader Hugo Lacerda to interrogate Morgenholt and retrieved the Masse Kernels from the Georgian Information Crisis. Shetland's PLC was also in charge of protecting Abrahim Zherkezhi, the only other person to work with Morgenholt on the Kernels, and used Zherkezhi's detailed knowledge of the IW algorithms to cause blackouts in New York City and Japan. These algorithms were also used to launch a North Korean missile that successfully sank the USS Clarence E. Walsh. This was thought to be impossible as the Walsh was considered to be the greatest technological warship of its time. It turns out that its defensive systems were crippled by the same IW algorithms. The sinking of the Walsh sparked an armed conflict involving China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and the United States. Shetland later killed Zherkezhi in Hokkaido, Japan, to ensure the knowledge of the algorithms would remain with him before dropping off the radar.
Third Echelon later tracked Shetland down, as he resurfaced to attend a meeting at a bathhouse in Tokyo. Fisher is sent to infiltrate the bathhouse to learn of the purpose of the meeting and discover who Shetland is working with. He is later ordered to eliminate him by whatever means necessary. Eventually the two meet in a face-to-face "Mexican Standoff" styled showdown on a rooftop of the bathhouse, after Shetland's meeting turns sour, leaving him as the sole survivor. While the two stare at each other down the barrels of their guns, Shetland explains to Fisher his outrage at the "politicians and bureaucrats" and their "dirty little wars" that have left America "sick and dying", as he justifies his cause to his ex comrade in arms. He tells Fisher that the corruption within America runs too deep and it will "not change by degrees". The only possible solution now was to "Tear it all down, and start over." While he lowers his weapon and backing away, Shetland tells Sam that the world is built upon three basic values - "honor, courage and fidelity". He explains that he knows that Fisher "believes in these things more than any government", which is why he "wouldn't shoot an old friend".
After the conversation, Sam [the player] is giving the option to either shoot Shetland, or lower his weapon. If Sam holsters his weapon, Shetland will quickly raise his gun and shoot. However, he will miss as Sam ducks, stabs Shetland in the stomach and then pushes him backwards. Both ways lead to Shetland falling through a window into the water and Sam saying: "You're right, Doug. I wouldn't shoot an old friend," as he stares at Shetland's corpse.