I had to use them. The Russians had people in the field way ahead of us. MI6 was already there. They would have beaten us to Shen. I had no choice.

—Robert Cordell, Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow

Robert Cordell is the Deputy Director of the National Intelligence Oversight Committee (NIOC) and a hidden antagonist in Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow.


Former CEO of a defense contractor, Cordell milked lucrative Pentagon contracts to build a personal fortune and then used that money to secure the position of deputy director, NIOC. He uses his authority to steer government contracts to shell companies owned by friends. The President created NIOC to provide a layer of oversight between covert agencies and congress, but according to Gabe, Cordell's only role is to hinder the IPCA. Cordell's red tape and paperwork has, on numerous occasions, interfered with missions and cost innumerable lives. The most recent incident notably occurred when Gabe had Bitar cornered in Libya, but Cordell refused air support, and the Syrian escaped. Cordell now pursues with a tenacity that leads Gabe to believe he is driven by something more than just making up for his mistake of letting Bitar flee. 


Syphon Filter Logan's Shadow

After several countries started the race for the possession of the X-Z-2, invented by a Chinese defector Shen Rei, Cordell hired Bitar to ensure security for the device. Cordell then directed the USS Mt. St. Helens into the Indian Ocean, alone without an escort, to assist Bitar in his mission; the terrorist used waves of Somali pirates to overwhelm the US ship's personnel. Bitar stole the device transported by Cordell, but had his own agenda with it. He captured Shen and forced him to mass-produce the X-Z-2, before destroying part of the Iraqi oil fields to undermine the interest of the West in the Middle East. Cordell began hiding, and Logan used it to find out where the Al-Jamil hold Shen.

After convincing the Chinese agent Trinidad to help him, Cordell manipulated events so that Lian Xing followed her husband Shen, and Logan in turn followed Lian. Trinidad has worked with Logan long enough to successfully accomplish their mission, but Logan was able to find evidence that Cordell hired Bitar. The military arrested Cordell and suspended him from his position. 


Cordell functioned as director of the National Intelligence Oversight Committee during the middle to late-2000s, and was present to provide increased accountability of black box agencies for the United States government. Previously in the private sector, he worked at a defense contractor with projects involving nuclear reactors on naval vessels until his employment at NIOC where he could exert influential authority over intelligence forces.

NIOC allowed Cordell the right to cooperate with the armed forces and relay orders. Generally deceptive or otherwise inept, he caused the additional deaths of armed forces personnel because of his inexperience with commanding military operations, and the escape of al-Jamil terrorist leader Ghassan Al-Bitar when he refused air support during the pursuit of the antagonist in Libya.

As several nations became entangled in a race to secure the X-Z-2 bomb invented by Chinese scientist Shen Rei, a genius who subsequently defected, Cordell hired Al-Bitar as a mercenary to bring Shen across the border and to the safety of NIOC couriers. Bitar stole a bomb transferred by Cordell, and destroyed a section of Iraqi oil fields to damage Western interests in the Middle East. Cordell began a cover-up and used Logan to find where al-Jamil had taken Shen.

Having convinced the Chinese agent Trinidad to aid him, Cordell manipulated events to ensure that Lian Xing would go after her husband Shen, and Logan would follow them. Trinidad operated to keep Logan alive long enough to succeed, but he uncovered evidence that Cordell had hired Bitar. The military arrested Cordell and removed him from his position.

Personality and traits

"I used Bitar to get the job done Logan. Just like I used you."
- Cordell before being arrested.

An incompetent bureaucrat, Cordell is a pencil neck who displays significant ineptitude and deception in the discharge of his duties. Whether accidentally or purposefully, he orchestrates at least two incidents where United States military personnel are butchered mass scale. He initially withholds vital intelligence from Special Forces sent to stop Bitar on the St. Helens, and later commands Desert Scorpions to jump in broad daylight, leading to a massacre when triple A cut down the soldiers. Lacking any sort of military training whatsoever, he displays little to no conscious, indiscriminately calling an air strike to carpet bomb the compound and then sending in troops to sift through the remnants.

Furthermore, Cordell seems not to sympathise with Gabe when Alima's chopper is shot down, killing the pilot. Gabe's motivation to stop Bitar was not to render assistance to the NIOC but rather due to a personal grudge he bore against the terrorist.

Cordell was also pulling strings behind the scenes: he persuaded the President to shut down the IPCA.

Resembling Jason Chance, Cordell's mentality is to do whatever he must to 'get the job done'. However, as with Markinson and Stevens, he fails to complete his duty and is eventually captured. He somehow succeeds in talking to Trinidad despite being in custody during the mission 'Shadowed'.


Main Characters Anton Girdeux  · Edward Benton  · Erich Rhoemer  · Gabriel Logan  · Jonathan Phagan  · Lian Xing  · Mara Aramov  · Thomas Markinson
Minor Characters Alec Kabanov  · Ellis  · Jenkins  · Jorge Marcos  · Pavel Kravitch  · Richard Erikson  · Vince Hadden  · Vladislav Gabrek
Enemies Georgia Street Terrorists  · Flaming Enemy  · Girdeux's Terrorists  · Pharcom Bodyguards
Organizations Black Baton  · CBDC  · Pharcom  · The Agency
Missions Georgia Street  · Destroyed Subway  · Main Subway Line  · Washington Park  · Freedom Memorial  · Expo Center Reception  · Expo Center Dinorama  · Rhoemer's Base  · Base Bunker  · Base Tower  · Base Escape  · Rhoemer's Stronghold  · Stronghold Lower Level  · Stronghold Catacombs  · Pharcom Warehouses  · Pharcom Elite Guards  · Warehouse 76  · Silo Access Tunnels  · Tunnel Blackout  · Missile Silo
Weaponry 9mm  · .45  · Air Taser  · BIZ-2  · C4 Explosive  · Combat shotgun · G-18  · Gas Grenade Grenade  · HK-5  · K3G4 Assault Rifle  · M-16  · M-79  · Nightvision rifle  · PK-102  · Shotgun  · Sniper Rifle
Gadgets Card Key  · Flak Jacket  · Flashlight  · Viral Antigen  · Viral Scanner
Vehicles UH-60 Blackhawk
Conflicts Washington D.C. Attack  · First Investigation of PHARCOM  · Destruction of Rhoemer's Base  · Sabotage of Rhoemer's Cathedral  · Kazakhstan Missile Incident
Transcipts Georgia Street  · Destroyed Subway  · Main Subway Line  · Washington Park  · Freedom Memorial  · Expo Center Reception  · Expo Center Dinorama  · Rhoemer's Base  · Base Bunker  · Base Tower  · Base Escape  · Rhoemer's Stronghold  · Stronghold Lower Level  · Stronghold Catacombs  · Pharcom Warehouses  · Pharcom Elite Guards  · Warehouse 76  · Silo Access Tunnels  · Tunnel Blackout  · Missile Silo
Main Characters Dillon Morgan  · Elsa Weissinger  · Gabriel Logan  · Jason Chance  · Lawrence Mujari  · Lian Xing  · Lyle Stevens  · Mara Aramov  · Steven Archer  · Teresa Lipan  · Thomas Holman  · Thomas Markinson  · Uri Gregorov
Minor Characters Carter  · Colorado Bridge Bombing Commander  · Davies  · Derek Falkan  · Dobson  · Eschelman  · Ferguson  · Gershon  · Imposter Gregorov  · John Ramirez  · Jonathan Phagan  · Kowalski  · Mr. Cochran  · Shi-Hao  · Thompson  · Unnamed Airman  · Unnamed Doctor  · Vince Hadden  · Vladimir Nedobryi
Missions Colorado Mountains  · McKenzie Airbase Interior  · Colorado Interstate 70  · I-70 Mountain Bridge  · McKenzie Airbase Exterior  · Colorado Train Ride  · Colorado Train Race  · C-130 Wreck Site  · Pharcom Expo Center  · Morgan  · Moscow Club 32  · Moscow Streets  · Volkov Park  · Gregorov  · Aljir Prison Break-In  · Aljir Prison Escape  · Agency Bio-Lab  · Agency Bio-Lab Escape  · New York Slums  · New York Sewer  · Finale
Locations Club 32  · McKenzie Airbase  · Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Terrorists Spooks  · Unit one
Multiplayer Abandoned Bank  · Catacombs  · Kazakhstan Warehouses  · New York Garage  · New York Slums  · Park Hedge Maze  · Park Jungle Gym  · Pharcom Expo Center (multiplayer)  · Rooftops (multiplayer)  · Small Village (multiplayer)
Weaponry .45  · 9mm  · 12 Gauge  · Air Taser  · BIZ-2  · C-4 Explosive  · Combat Knife  · Crossbow  · G-18  · H11  · Hand Taser  · HK-5  · Incendiary Grenade  · K3G4 Assault Rifle  · M-16  · M-79  · Nerve Gas Grenade  · Nightvision rifle  · PK-102  · Sniper Rifle  · Tear Gas Launcher  · The Flame-Thrower  · UAS-12  ·
Gadgets Binoculars  · Camera Scrambler  · Cellular Modem  · Flak Jacket  · Flashlight  · Nightvision Goggles  · Transponder Locator
Vehicles C-130 Hercules  · F-22 Raptor
Conflicts Raid on the C-130 Wreckage  · Escape from Mackenzie Air Force Base  · Second Investigation of PHARCOM  · Meeting with Uri Gregorav imposter  · Rescue of Uri Gregorav  · Search for Syphon Filter antidote  · Escape from New York City
Main Characters Gabriel Logan  · Lian Xing
Minor Characters Ellis  · Nigel Cummings  · Silvers
Missions Hotel Fukushima  · Costa Rican Plantation  · C5 Galaxy Transport  · Pugari Gold Mine  · Pugari Complex  · Kabul Afghanistan  · S.S. Lorelei  · Aztec Ruins  · Waterfront  · Docks Final Assault  · Convoy  · The Beast  · Australian Outback  · St. George Australia  · Paradise Ridge  · Militia Compound  · Underground Bunker  · Senate Building  · DC Subway
Weaponry .45  · 9mm  · Air Taser  · AU300 Heavy Barrel  · BIZ-2  · Combat Knife  · Crossbow  · Falcon  · G-18  · H11  · HK-5  · K3G4  · M-16  · M-79  · MARS  · Nightvision rifle  · PK-102  · Shotgun  · Spyder  · Tear Gas Launcher  · UAS-12
Multiplayer maps Afghanistan  · Computer center  · Izmalavio Park  · McKenzie Air Force Base  · Paradise Ridge  · Rhoemer's Stronghold  · S.S. Lorelei  · Training Simulator  ·
Multiplayer characters Agency operative  · Anton Girdeux  · Bag Lady  · CBDC operative  · Corpse  · Elsa Weissinger  · Erich Rhoemer  · Evil scientist  · Gabe Logan  · John Ramirez  · Jonathan Phagan  · Jorge Marcos  · Lawrence Mujari  · Lian Xing  · Mara Aramov  · Military Police  · Monk  · Ninja Gabe  · Russian Bodyguard  · Spook  · SWAT Officer  · Teresa Lipan  · Terrorist  · Unit One  · Uri Gregorov  · Virtual test subject  · Vladislav Gabrek
Minigame types Assassination  · Biathlon  · Demolition  · Elimination  · Thief
Minigame maps China Exhibit  · Colorado Bridge  · D.C. Subway  · Military Base  · New York Slums  · Phagan's Warehouse  · Rhoemer's Fortress  · Washington Park  · Whispering Woods Mortuary
Conflicts Assassination of Shi Hao  · Costa Rican Incident  · Investigation of Pugari Complex  · Soviet-Afghan War  · First Destruction of the SS Lorelei  · Investigation of Erich Rhoemer  · Abduction of Elsa Weissenger  · Assassination of Commander Silvers  · Paradise Ridge Incident  · Attempted Apprehension of Mara Aramov
Main Characters Gabriel Logan  · Lawrence Mujari  · Lian Xing  · Mara Aramov  · Teresa Lipan
Minor Characters Alima Haddad  · Andre Proust  · Elsa Weissinger  · Gary Stoneman  · Gina Hunter  · Imani Gray  ·Jean Fournier  · Maggie Powers  · Mikhail Pulikovsky  · Mikhas Ivankhov  · Oleg Petrenko  · Rodion Ushakov  · Soren Masson  · Vladik Savin  · Vladimir Zhidkov  · William Crusher  · Yegor Leonov  · Yuschenko
Missions IPCA European Command: Training Centre  · Carthage, Michigan: Quarantine Zone  · Carthage, Michigan: Warehouse District  · Carthage, Michigan: Carthage Mall  · Pescara, Italy: St Cetteo's Square  · Mazyr, Belarus: Krivorozhstal Mill  · Mazyr, Belarus: Belaya Vezha  · Tash, Kumyr, Kyrgysztan: Saydahmat's Village  · Sana'a, Yemen: Arms Bazaar  · Sana'a, Yemen: Taherir Palace  · Minsk, Belarus: International University  · Samaschki, Chechnya: Ivankov's Home  · North Atlantic: Lorelei Salvage Rig  · Tokyo, Japan: Murukawa Tower  · Taguang, Myanmar: Irawaddy Basin  · Zurich, Switzerland: Niculescu Funds Tower  · Budva, Montenegro: Niculescu's Villa Estate  · Kiev, Ukraine: Chechen Terrorist Base
Organizations IPCA
Weaponry Beta Weapons  · C11  · China Type 56  · Combat shotgun  · FAL  · FAMAS  · G 33E  · GAWS 12 gauge  · K-BAR  · M1 Super 90  · Riot shotgun  · Shot Defender  · ShotHammer  · Silenced . 44  · Slug Defender  · SlugHammer  · SPA-12 shotgun  · SPA-15 shotgun  · Stava M70 B1  · SSG 550  · Sweeper 12 gauge
Conflicts ALA Assault on Carthage  · Assassination of Dimitri  · Sabotage of CDP Operations  · Transaction on Kyrgysztan  · Assault on Yemen  · Raid on Jandran's Labs  · Investigation of Chechen Genocide  · Second Destruction of the SS Lorelei  · Assault on Murukawa Industries  · Recovery of Imani Grey  · Raid on Meta Global Headquarters  · Raid on Niculescu's Estate  · Showdown with the CDP  · Assassination of Mara Aramov and Elsa Weissenger
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