Tom Reed in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction.
|Full name||Thomas Jeffrey Reed|
Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C.
|Cause of death||Shot in the head.|
|Occupation||Director of Third Echelon (C)|
|Affiliations||United States Air Force|
National Security Agency
|Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series information|
|Appears in||Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction|
|Voice actor(s)||James A. Woods|
- "There is no walking away from us, Fisher! We made you, we own you, and we always will!"
- — Tom Reed on Sam Fisher's retirement from Third Echelon.
Tom Reed (1971–2011), was the last Director of Third Echelon and primary antagonist of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction. He replaced Lawrence Williams, who briefly became director after the death of Irving Lambert. Reed was voiced by James A. Woods.
Thomas Jeffrey Reed attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he specialized in cyberwarfare. Upon graduation, he went to work for Air Force ISR. He was then transferred to AFCYBER immediately following reorganization. He was instrumental in preventing multiple cyberattacks against U.S. interests from non-governmental organizations. Reed was later chosen to testify before Congress on AFCYBER activities; attracted patronage of several senior legislators as a result and his career advanced rapidly, eventually being promoted to Colonel. He transitioned from AFCYBER to a new Third Echelon initiative under then-Director Irving Lambert. After Lambert was killed in the field, Reed positioned himself to ascend to command position in Third Echelon. He has expanded organization’s head count and mission, moving aggressively into pre-emptive information warfare approaches. Reed's psychological profile indicates strong adaptive thinking with some narcissistic tendencies. He prefers hands-on operation and places a great store in personal loyalty. Reed replaced most of Lambert’s appointees in Third Echelon with his own people.
As head of Third Echelon, Tom Reed has a very clear idea as to what the agency – and make no mistake, it’s his agency – could (or should) be doing to protect the United States. Equally at home in the field or testifying in front of Congress, Reed is an operator in every sense of the word. Fast, cunning, and deadly, he’s exactly what Third Echelon needs to lead it in a brave new world of terrorism and information warfare. Reed is a ruthless, efficient, and energetic individual who has revitalized Third Echelon and extended its reach in ways his predecessor never would have imagined – or been willing to do. Then again, Irving Lambert was the man who brought Tom Reed into Third Echelon, a decision with consequences that still echo years later.
Prior to the Conspiracy, Reed was promoted to Director after the death of Irving Lambert. When President Patricia Caldwell tried to shut Third Echelon down, because she felt the agency wasn't justifying its funding anymore, Reed retaliated by planning a coup d'état that involved detonating weaponized EMPs in Washington, D.C. to knock out electronic security measures and then use the downtime to capture the White House and assassinate her using Third Echelon Splinter Cells.
However, things did not go as planned: Anna Grímsdóttir brought Sam back in the game by blackmailing him with Sarah and simultaneously tricked Reed into believing Sam knew about Kobin and the stolen Russian EMPs. After meeting up with Grim at the White House, Sam let her pretend to capture him so that he could enter the Oval Office without Reed immediately killing Caldwell. While Reed was orating, Sam overpowered him and together with Grim shot and killed all the Splinter Cells in the room. After Grim secured the President, Sam then interrogated Reed about the nature of the shadowy group known as Megiddo. Although Reed revealed little, he did admit to being the mole that Lambert was worried about. He then revealed that threatening Sarah was just a way to get to Sam and leveraging Sam was a way to get to Third Echelon and Third Echelon was a way to get what Megiddo wanted out of the White House.
After his interrogation, Reed was shot and killed by either Sam or Grim (depending on the player's decision).
As a result of Reed's traitorous actions, Caldwell deactivated Third Echelon and stripped it of its operational capabilities, laying the groundwork for the creation of Fourth Echelon under Fisher.
1991: Baghdad, IraqEdit
In 1991, Reed was Victor Coste and Sam Fisher's commanding officer. When Sam Fisher went missing in Baghdad, he ordered Victore Coste to return to base. Victor broke contact and went after Sam against Reed's orders.
2011: Valetta, MaltaEdit
Reed searches for Sam Fisher in Malta. He tracks Sam to a lighthouse in his helicopter. He orders the pilot to fire on Sam, but Sam escapes by jumping from the lighthouse.
- "Tom Reed was sort of the anti-Sam. He’s smooth, he’s a big picture thinker, he knows how to leverage technology and the media to get what he wants. He’s also ambitious. He’s looking to the future and seeing Third Echelon’s place in it.
Part of that is that he doesn’t have a plan. He has an agenda, and he has responsibilities, and he’s got resources – including himself – that he’s willing to use to in service to that agenda. He’s got things he believes in very strongly, and one of those things is that Third Echelon needs to keep adapting and evolving. The agency that he’s in charge of doesn’t have a place for Sam Fisher – it left him as much as he left it – and in some sense the conflict between these two characters is as much about this as it is anything else."
- — Richard Dansky, Splinter Cell: Conviction Game Script Writer
- Main article: Tom Reed/Quotes
- A person named "Reed" was one of Sam Fisher's contacts for the 2007 build of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction.
- Reed actually voted for Caldwell in the presidential election. This is revealed when the player chooses to ignore two opportunities to grab Reed.
- During Reed's interrogation in the Oval Office, if the player chooses to have Sam shoot Reed twice instead of bashing him, the final bullet hole in his head plus the ones in each shoulder make a triad that resembles the trifocal pattern of Sonar Goggles.
- The same applies to bashing Reed twice; it is less noticeable, but the bruises on his cheeks and bullet hole in his forehead still form the pattern.
- Reed was the last director of Third Echelon, as the agency was terminated by President Caldwell in the aftermath of the EMP terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. and foiled assassination attempt.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 https://www.facebook.com/notes/splinter-cell/dev-blog-post-7-biography-reed/415501265637
- ↑ http://www.gamenoob.co.uk/index.php/2010/04/12/splinter-cell-conviction-tom-reed/
- ↑ http://thegamingliberty.com/index.php/2010/04/13/splinter-cell-conviction-tom-reed-trailer-and-bio/
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 majornelson.com, Splinter Cell Conviction Starter Kit, page 7
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ww_IFU6kg4&t=0m32s
- ↑ Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction manual, pp 5
- ↑ Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction for Apple iPhone
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-r8VzIE994&t=0m42s