Paul Blaine is an agent with COVERT.
This little-known governmental intelligence organization was established in the late 80's to handle cases that the CIA, which was receiving a large amount of undesired media attention, could not. The directive was to "fly under the radar". The new department was called Coordinating Organization for Very Energetic Response Tactics or COVERT.
The general asked by the President to put COVERT together and run it was greatly honored by being hand-selected to take on such an important mission. At least until he learned not too long afterwards that the President, being a tad absent-minded, was creating these new departments, it seemed, almost weekly. COVERT was not that special. Just another member of the alphabet soup and hardly noticed by anyone for any reason.
More on this humorous series when I finish reading the books.