"Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances."
―Ackerson (circa 2544)
Colonel James Hein Ackerson (service number: 02915-57522-JA) was an Army field officer and liaison officer to the Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence. He has served in the UNSC for nearly 40 years of active service, and participated in several theatres through the courses of the Insurrection and the Human-Covenant War. During the final stages of the Insurrection, Ackerson was selected to participate in several black operations run by the UNSC's primer SPECWAR division. His participation in those operations was the highlight of his career service vitae, which eventually assisted him in holding an officer position in the Army.
As the liaison officer for the Navy and Army, Ackerson used this position to his advantage in developing the next generation soldiers. The starting point in developing the future soldiers was Project MIST, a small-scale research and development project utilising SPARTAN data. Feedback and reports gathered from the project was later used to assist Ackerson for official approval from Section III of the Office of Naval Intelligence to initiate the SPARTAN-III Program.