Threat Matrix is about a team of Federal agents who combat terrorist threats that the United States will face.
Every morning at 0800 hours, the President of the United States is given a report that outlines the most active international and domestic threats against the United States. This document is called the Threat Matrix.
A prisoner who is requesting asylum in the United States tells the government that there is a shipping container in which a group of terrorists is hiding, and that it is on its way to the U.S. Frankie is sent to Jarkarta to question the one man who might know if the government has been told the truth, and so, to find out exactly where the container is headed. Frankie gets the job done, but before she can get out of the country, she gets wounded and then caught. With the ""Threat Matrix"" team, from their headquarters (the ""Vault"") at Fort Meade, John Kilmer (the head of the ""Threat Matrix"" team *and* Frankie's ex-husband) works to find the answers they need to be able to neutralize the terrorist threat, even though doing that means that he has to leave Frankie to whatever fate awaits her until his primary job is done.
When a homicide detective becomes the victim of a terrorist car bomb, the Homeland Security team fears that a similar event is going to take place at a Veteran's Day parade that is planned for Washington, DC. Their investigation unearths the fact that a military munitions officer has been selling C-4 to terrorists and that the terrorists have been using money supplied by a Utah drug dealer to make their purchases. The team puts all of the pieces together in time to stop the terrorists from bombing the parade. The moral of the episode is that: ""We are, ironically, our own worst enemies. Terrorizing ourselves ... Fighting a war of dependency ... that, unfortunately, makes veterans of us all.""
When an Iraqi scientist who specializes in bio-weapons slips away from a U.S. operation to capture her, the Homeland Security Team becomes involved. During her escape, Dr. Hassan gives the keys to a car to the Iraqi family who helped to keep her hidden, then tells them that if they stop their car, the Americans will kill them. As a result, the husband, wife and child are shot at the border by a young American soldier, when they fail to stop at the checkpoint. Although Dr. Hassan murdered many people in the village in which she stayed while developing and testing her bio-weapons, the villagers still do not willingly assist the Homeland Security Team in gathering information that might aid in apprehending her, and ultimately, the American soldier who shot and killed the Iraqi family at the border is himself shot and killed by the villagers. Dr. Hassan is eventually apprehended, but no longer has the nerve gas in her possession, having passed it off to her assistant, who is preparing to
A dog from the Congo, infected with a new strain of Ebola, ends up in Amarillo, Texas. Because the daughter (Hannah) of the pet and feed store owner who ordered and received the dog is a cocktail waitress at a popular local bar, she ends up exposing dozens of people to the virus in one night. Although the outbreak is a natural one, the homeland security team takes charge, to prevent it from spreading. Their job is complicated by the fact that on the night that Hannah infected everyone, she and her ex-convict boyfriend (Shane) leave Amarillo and head to Las Vegas, where they plan to be married.
When the homeland security team goes after a serial bomber who has been targeting universities, Mo ends up investigating his childhood best-friend, Amir Abadiyah, who is now a professor at the first university to be bombed.
A corrupt West Africian airport official and a CIA agent who has changed sides as a result of the role that the U.S. played in Angola end up being key components in the theft of an airplane that is used to attempt an act of terrorism on the east coast of the United States.
Considered an enemy combatant, a French-Algerian man is detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Because Frankie refuses to allow him to see a doctor while she is interrogating him, even after he tells her three times that he needs to see one, the man suffers a heart attack and dies. Whether it was because he was unwilling or unable, the Algerian national never directly gave Frankie any of the information she was trying to get before he died, and she ends up in a courtroom, first disobeying the order to quietly accept a plea bargain, in order to keep the entire incident below the radar, then pleading ""not guilty"" to the charge of second degree murder, which means that the matter goes to trial. With Mo's help, Kilmer ends up saving Frankie from going to jail by using the information that was gained before the sleeper-agent died, to stop an assassination attempt that might have started a war in the Middle East, and then testifying in court about it on Frankie's behalf. As a result, Frankie is
A sniper is loose in the city, and the Threat matrix team is trying to profile and locate the killer before he strikes again.
Atkins is reunited with a Russian agent and an American double agent from his past when the team attempts to prevent poisoned money from reaching wide circulation.
Mo goes undercover to set up a deadly international arms dealer who is scheduled to be delivering his wares on U.S. soil
A combined United Nations/Threat Matrix operation to audit a Mexican bank suspected of funneling money to Al Qaida turns dangerous when the bank is robbed and Frankie's life ends up in danger.
The aide to the North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister (who is also his illegitimate daughter), is kidnapped by Korean drug dealers, who want to use her as leverage to influence the Foreign Minister's decisions. Almost rescued at the moment of her kidnapping by Tim Vargas, she is ultimately set free by Kilmer and undercover DEA agent Danny Roh.
Kilmer and the team try to stop a terrorist and his young daughter before they leave the country and to disarm a potentially deadly bomb before irreparable damage is done A terrorist associated with Al Qaida attempts to flee the country with his daughter after setting the wheels in motion for a deadly disaster. Kilmer and the team attempt to stop them and to disarm the deadly bomb that was set, before irreparable damage is done.
In order to avert a deadly radioactive blast, the Threat Matrix team has to work with an unsure suspect to identify terrorists who, after plastic surgery, now have new faces.
(Shown on Ch.7 Sydney, Australia, 18th Monday.) A Chemical plant is suspected of being a target of a terrorist attack. As the Threat Matrix team is ready to trap/capture the suspects, a shootout takes place in the plant and 4 people are killed. (One from the assault team and 3 suspects.) Home Land Security is then on suspension and placed in a senate hearing where they are all grilled. While that's happening, Frankie along with two other agents ""cross the line"", and do their own investigation.