John Taft is an agent for the NIA.
The smallest of the espionage organization in the American government, the National Intelligence Agency has offices disguised as the Capco Mining Corporation in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIA is also one of the most covert of the agencies, so much so that their budget was hidden deep inside that of its bigger brother, the NSA. Around since the mid-80s, the purpose of the NIA was to do the jobs that could not be handled by the others due to too much congressional oversight and journalistic watchdogs. Its director answers only to the National Security Council and existed in large part to follow the orders of the President.
As one of the fifty agents who operated in the field, Taft was a go-getter, the man usually given the impossible missions and routinely carrying them off. He was also one of the first as indicated by the fact that each agent knew each other by a number and of the fifty, his was 7. He is partnered at time with another experienced operative named Larry Martinez.
Taft is described as being a blond-hair, physically impressive man, standing just over 6' and weighing a bit over 200 lbs., little of that fat. He has glacial blue eyes on a hard, solid face which includes a sturdy chin with a small scar that ran along the left side "like an exclamation mark". His movements are usually swift and sure, giving the image of a caged tiger ready to spring into attack at the least opportunity. Even when action gets extreme and the dangers mount, Taft comes across as a man relishing the moment, including taking a second here or there to crack a joke.