International Operations was an American intelligence agency that was founded by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1964 with the purpose of safeguarding the interests of the United States. International Operations soon fell under the leadership of Director Miles Craven and became an independent organization focusing on researching superhumans.
International Operations first discovered the Gen-factor, one of the sources responsible for superhuman powers. Gen-factor was experimented on many test subjects in which it resulted in many either dead or turned insane, or in some cases heavily and physically mutated. Gen-factor was also exposed to Team-7 by Miles Craven on a fake mission, claiming later that it was a chemical weapon used by their enemy. Most of Team 7 started to develop superpowers, except for Michael Cray, whose powers wouldn't manifest until 20 years later. Other members went insane or committed suicide, but in the end only seven members of Team 7 had developed superpowers while retaining their humanity. These seven would sired children that inherited their fathers' powers and became known as Gen 13.
I.O. and its facilities was attacked by the High's Reaper clones during the "Number of the Beast" incident and was thereafter heavily affected by Armageddon. Many of I.O.'s safehouses were vitally used as near permanent refuge for some of post-Armageddon survivors as they are stockpiled with supplies, goods, and weapons that would last for years. The fate of I.O. is left by John Lynch, who then made one survivor among some refugees that were dropped at one of these safehouses by the Wildcats as the current director of I.O. and as well as the "seventeenth in line for the presidency."
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