Cerberus is a Terran-survivalist paramilitary group led by the enigmatic Illusive Man. It is decended from the United Powers League and still retains its ideas of Terran supremacy and manifest destiny.
Cerberus' faction color is golden-yellow.
Cerberus' core belief is that Terrans deserve a greater role in the galactic community, and that the Dominion and Systems Alliance are too hamstrung by law and/or public opinion to stand up effectively to the alien races. Any methods of advancing humanity's ascension are justified, including illegal or dangerous experimentation, terrorist activities, sabotage and assassination. Cerberus operatives accept that these methods are brutal, but believe history will vindicate them.
Nevertheless, the Systems Alliance has declared Cerberus to be a terrorist organization and will prosecute identified Cerberus agents accordingly.
Cerberus is divided into numerous independent cells which have no knowledge of their counterparts. This ensures that should one cell be compromised, the others would not be captured. Each cell is led by an operative who reports directly to the Illusive Man. Cerberus operates many kinds of cells, ranging from military to political to scientific, but all united under the common goal of advancing humanity.
Cerberus currently consists of three main cells. The Illusive Man oversees all projects carried out by the cells personally; consequently, there are never more than a dozen projects active at one time. This degree of micro-management leaves the organization vulnerable should the Illusive Man ever be compromised, though he has been smart enough to avoid detection so far.
Communication throughout Cerberus sometimes takes the form of steganographic messages embedded within extranet broadcasts. These messages can range from troop movement orders to instructions to financiers to direct money into certain cells. This method of communication was recently compromised by the Terra Firma Protectorate.
The Illusive Man can also afford quantum-entanglement communicators. One such device was installed within the Supernova to give the Illusive Man a secure, direct means of communication with Commander Arius before his defection from Cerberus.
Cerberus has wealthy sympathizers within the Dominion military-industrial complex, who contribute credits and resources to Cerberus, and trust the Illusive Man to make the right decisions. Cerberus also owns several front corporations which further fund and support their operations. Spending trends indicate that Cerberus has a reliable income running up to several billion credits per year.
Cerberus has operatives planted across Dominion Space and the Terminus Systems who regularly report to the Illusive Man. Due to their widespread network, Cerberus effectively has access to almost every settled system, major trade stop, and colony in the galaxy. However, Cerberus has no knowledge of what goes on in uncharted systems and most of Protoss space, thus rendering the Illusive Man relatively blind in those areas.
Cerberus operatives usually work alone. If an operative is captured, depending on their usefulness, Cerberus might attempt a rescue or simply declare them to be expendable and abandon them to their captors.