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"America is sick, Sam... she's dying; the politicians, the bureaucrats, the whispered backroom deals, it's all life support for a sick old woman dead long ago."
― Douglas Shetland to Sam Fisher on the roof of the Shinjuku District Bathhouse.[src]

Douglas Shetland (April 18, 1959 – July 10, 2007) was a close friend and comrade of Sam Fisher and was the president and CEO of the private military corporation Displace International.


Early life

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 while attending Westpoint. He then joined the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Reconnaissance Battalions (Marine Recon), 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 field agent for the "Splinter Cell" program, as part of the NSA's Third Echelon initiative.

2002: Displace International

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 honorable 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 Corporation (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.

2006: Indonesian Crisis

Shetland in 2006, at the US Embassy to Dili, East Timor.

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. Shetland was rescued by Fisher as part of his mission. Shetland and Fisher would later perform a joint operation against Sadono's Kundang camp, in which Shetland provided tactical support and sniper cover with Displace mercenaries, helping to facilitate Fisher's risky extraction.

2007: Cyber Attacks / East Asian Crisis

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. engineer 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 PMC 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 anti-ship missile that successfully destroy the USS Clarence E. Walsh. This was thought to be impossible as the USS Walsh was considered to be the greatest technological warship of its time. It turns out her defensive systems were disabled by the same IW algorithms. The destruction of the Clarence E. 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.


Sam Fisher and Shetland point their guns at each other.

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 standoff 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 the U.S. "sick and dying", as he justifies his cause to his ex comrade in arms. He tells Fisher that the corruption within the U.S. 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".

Shetland's corpse below the shaft.

After the conversation, Sam [the player] is given 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, hitting a beam, into the water below and Sam saying: "You're right, Doug. I wouldn't shoot an old friend," as he stares at Shetland's corpse.

Relevant history

03/09/77 - 24/05/81
Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Alabama State University.

28/08/81 - 01/06/82

21/06/82 - 16/10/01
U.S. Marine, rising to the rank of Major.

16/01/91 - 26/02/91
Laser sighting team leader in Desert Storm bombing campaign in Kuwait.

Umm Qasr, First contact with Sam Fisher, then a Navy SEAL.

Kuwait, Operation SCARAB TOOTH, second contact with Sam Fisher.

Author of essay, "The Trojan World," in the monthly American Republic Magazine.

Author of essay, "A Better Fight," in the American Republic.

Ghazni, Afghanistan, Operation SAND GLASS.

Bagram, Afghanistan. A man under Shetland's command mistakenly shoots U.S. soldier Kelly Lewis. In the media furor following the "Bagram Incident," Shetland is removed from the field.

03/02/02 - 15/04/02
Bagram incident trial. Shetland found not guilty of all charges. Promoted to a 5-star desk job just shy of civilian work.

Shetland leaves the Marine Corps.

Shetland awarded over $700,000 in damages from counter-lawsuit to the Bagram Incident.

Founds DISPLACE, INTERNATIONAL, a Private Military Corporation.

Akhalts'ikhe, Georgia: Displace International spearheads Operation RIVER DOG. Zero American casualties. Six Georgian casualties. Georgian airfield and eleven aircraft captured.

You probably know more about Doug than we do. Could almost believe the two of you are competing for the title "World's Most Amoral Reluctantly-Aging Badass."

(Author: Grimsdottir)

Mission Appearances

Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory



  • In Chaos Theory, Lambert states that Shetland was formerly a member of the USMC's Reconnaissance Battalions (Marine Recon) and he was "among the very best". He also states that Shetland was one of his top candidates to become a Splinter Cell for Third Echelon in 2004. Lambert also mentions the friendly fire incident which made Shetland leave the Marines.
  • Shetland attempted to recruit Fisher for Displace International multiple times over the years, spanning from Pandora Tomorrow to Chaos Theory, not only due to being well aware of his skills but also because of the friendship the pair had established when working together back in the early nineties. He first hinted at possible work for him back stateside (possibly to assist with his plot in Chaos Theory) when Fisher encountered him at the U.S. embassy to Dili in 2006, and again more clearly when the two re-united for the joint raid on Kundang Camp. He attempted one final time when he dropped in on Fisher, who sat at the bar in the Sanjuro Hotel, near Sapporo, Hokkaido, watching the news on the evening of July 4th 2007, shortly after the USS Clarence E. Walsh was destroyed.
  • Shetland's sidearm in Chaos Theory is a Desert Eagle Mark XIX.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 [1]ubisoft.custhelp.com, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory PC manual, page 5