The Program is a concept that was conceived by the current Director of Rainbow, Harry Pandey, following his acceptance of the position in early 2019. The purpose of it is to decentralize Rainbow and increase operational capability.
- "This is why I created The Program. To bring together our very best operators so that they may learn even more from each other, becoming even stronger when they are apart. Whatever CTU, organization or NGO they belong to, they will be able to take home the lessons they learn here and share them with those who will join our fight; a viral program of excellence and passion."
— Harry Pandey
With the continued threat of terrorists across the globe, Harry realized that unknown variables made it impossible to effectively plan for the future. This fact made it unviable to simply deploy Rainbow anytime a situation arose around the world. To correct this, Harry sought to decentralize Rainbow from Hereford Base in England by creating facilities across the globe. Each facility would offer a place for Operators to live and train with one another.
This would then result in each Operator having a better understanding of one another to become stronger teammates. Additionally, the lessons each Operator learned during training could then be shared with their units. This would effectively increase the operational capability of Rainbow and each local CTU. To ensure the safety of each Operator, Harry had Mira develop the SIM-SUIT so that simulated rounds could provide realistic feedback akin to real ammunition.
Harry established the first of these new locations at an abandoned Stadium in Elis, Greece that was once used for a series of commonwealth games in the 1970s. Harry tasked Mira and Rainbow's Engineering team with renovating the entire facility to ensure that it met all of their requirements. The Stadium was transformed into a state of the art facility. It featured a gym, medical bay, firing range, dormitories, cafeteria, lounges, R&D lab, and a movie theatre. A modular kill house was also constructed in the center of the old stadium. This allowed for it to be reconfigured at any time to create new situations for Operators. A full pit-wall was also constructed on the sidelines of the kill house to allow downed Operators to continue monitoring teammates and provide assistance when needed.
Tournament of Champions
The Tournament of Champions is the culmination of everything each Operator has learned within The Program and acts as their ultimate test. Harry launched the first annual Tournament of Champions in early 2020 at The Stadium. Under the guise of a public training exercise for CTUs across the globe, the event allowed the public to enter The Stadium and observe each match.
The two teams that qualified for the Finals were made up of the following Operators:
Sledge, Dokkaebi, and Blitz entered the kill house from the ground while Hibana and Thatcher breached from the second story windows. Sledge, Dokkaebi, and Blitz immediately engaged Doc and Mozzie in a firefight. Sledge was able to land a shot and down Mozzie, forcing Doc to drag him away to administer first aid. As Mozzie was revived, however, Hibana and Thatcher flanked and eliminated them. Outside, Sledge and Dokkaebi were engaged with Mira who was dealing suppressive fire. With time running out, Sledge ordered Dokkaebi to head to the bomb site while he dealt with Mira. Sledge then surprised Mira with a grenade, eliminating her.
Downstairs, Caveira was overwhelming Thatcher in hand-to-hand combat when Dokkaebi arrived and eliminated her with a shot to the head. In the stairwell, Dokkaebi and Blitz were eliminated by Pulse after the detonation of a nitro cell. He was then able to dispatch Thatcher who was distracted from his communications with Hibana.
Upon reaching the bomb site, Hibana was able to plant the diffuser but immediately found Pulse behind her. Before Pulse could eliminate her, Sledge emerged from a nearby wall and started firing. The two then engaged in hand-to-hand combat after Pulse ran out of ammunition for his shotgun. Pulse was able to counter Sledge and eliminated him with his sidearm. Despite this, Hibana stunned Pulse with a punch to the throat and "executed" him from behind, winning the match for the Attackers.
Afterwards, Harry interviewed both teams to hear their thoughts about the match and what they could've done better. He also explained that the interviews would be recorded for internal-use only. Each Defender expressed their regret in the loss. Doc told of the importance of teamwork, Sledge and Thatcher discussed what thirty seconds mean, Mira regrets she was eliminated by a grenade, Caveira was particularly upset about losing but told Harry that there was "next year" and that she would be there.