THE MIAMA STATION, OPERATION MONGOOSE, TED SCHACKLEY, CUBAN EXILES AND JM WAVE.
In early 1962, William Harvey, CIA installed Ted Shackley, 34 years old, as Chief of the CIA Miami Station.
In "Blond Ghost, Ted Shackley and the CIA's Crusades" 1994, Simon & Schuster, David Corn (pps. 74-75) writes:
"....Shackley presided over a clandestine empire, the largest CIA post outside of headquarters. JMWAVE was a collection of unimpressive refurbished wood office buildings and warehouse secluded on a heavily wooded 1,571 acre tract. The site was a onetime Navy blimp base that the University of Miami was leasing from the government. Not even the president of the university knew the true identify of his ostensible tenant, a firm called ZENITH TECHNOLOGICAL ENTERPRISES. Access was restricted; gray-uniformed guards patrolled the permanent. Phony sales charts and business license hung on the wall. Shackley's own office was Spartan, not--large, and furnished with a drab government-issued desk and chairs.
Shackley's station was run as a foreign post; everyone overlooked the fact that the Agency, which was not supposed to engage in domestic operations, was managing an expansive in-country operation. His officers set up front companies--boat shops, gun stores, travel companies, real estate firms, and detective agencies--to provide services to the station and cover for employees. More than one hundred vehicles were leased to JMWAVE. CIA warehouses stocked armaments of varied makes and types and all necessary supplies, including caskets. Medical personnel, psychologists and polygraph experts were assigned to JMWAVE. Its holdings included dozens of pieces of real estate, from small apartments to palatial residences, used as safe houses. Operational sites were scattered throughout the region. there were training camps on various keys off the coast and in the swampy Everglades; one was disguised as a private hunting club.
Shackley's station possessed a few airplanes and developed its own small navy that included a mother ship, supply ships, speedboats and small rubber landing craft--vessels used to ferry agents to and from Cuba and to deliver weapons and equipment to Cuban allies in he secret war. A small naval base was set up behind a luxurious home in Coral Gables.
Shackley supervised hundreds of Americans, several dozen of whom were case offices handling Cuban agents, assets and operatives. Contract employees provided special services--for example, boat-piloting training. And in Shackley's' command were hundreds, if not thousands, of Cuban exiles who were paid assets--men and women whom Shackley generally never met.
Shackley and his officers were to nurture, support, and control the Cuban exiles. Political action experts guided lush U.S. subsidies to the favored of the exile community. The foreign intelligence (FI) staff of JMWAVE, often relying on exiles, sought to gather information on what was happening in Cuba: within the military, within the economy, within society at large, and with little success, within the small ruling group Castro headed. Overseeing FI was Warren Frank, a somber Nebraskan, who previously served as deputy to Shackley on the Czechoslovakia desk. A training division prepared exile volunteers for runs to the islands. Other JMWAVE sections maintained security, directed counterintelligence, handled communications. The annual budget for the Cuban show would come to surpass $50 million, with Shackley's station claiming much of that.
As the lord of JMWAVE, Shackley had to manage the two disparate sides of the Directorate of Plans; the boom-and-bang of paramilitary activity; and the stealthy collection of intelligence...."
Ted Shackley headed OPERATION MONGOOSE, an operation designed by the CIA to take back Cuba from Fidel Castro.