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After a stint in the Army, Ayers was recruited by the Department of Defense in 1962 to work with the CIA training anti-Castro Cuban exiles. Ayers was stationed at JMWAVE and collaborated with Alpha 66. He also took part in Operation Mongoose. After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Ayers was ordered to shut down Mongoose.
Ayers was one of the first career officers to voice opposition to the Vietnam War and to speak out publicly against the influence of private and special interests in US politics. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1965. Ayers had since worked as a commercial pilot, a private detective, and an undercover operative with the Drug Enforcement Administration's South Florida Task Force.
From his home in Frederic, Wisconsin, Ayers continues to be physically active. At the age of 62, he set the record for the fastest one day ascent-descent of Mount Whitney in California (the highest peak in the continental U.S.), conquering the 14,496-foot mountain in 14 hours, 40 minutes while carrying a 25-pound daypack.
He continues to maintain a vigorous athletic schedule, regularly competing in road and snow-shoe races in his community despite a full VA disability due to injuries sustained in the service of his country.
On July 21, 2010 Ayers announced his engagement to heirloom clothing curio shop owner Cynthia Graham. Both have a long history of activism in military and veterans affairs, progressive politics and social causes, and share animal welfare and environmental quality of life interests. They were married at sunset on September 24, 2010 in an informal military ceremony at the Stillwater Veterans Memorial, Minnesota. Ayers is a native of Stillwater.
Ayers is the author of two books:
- The War That Never Was: An Insider's Account of CIA Covert Operations Against Cuba. (1976)
- Bradley E. Ayers (2006). The Zenith Secret: A CIA Insider Exposes the Secret War Against Cuba and the Plots that Killed the Kennedy Brothers. Vox Pop/Drench Kiss Media Corporation. ISBN 0-9752763-8-7.
- "The Zenith Secret". VoxPop.net. 2/1/2007. Archived from the original on 02-11-2007.
- Bradley Ayers at the Internet Movie Database
- O'Sullivan, Shane (20 November 2006). "Did the CIA kill Bobby Kennedy?". The Guardian: 10 / G2.
- Inter-County Leader, p.24, September 17, 2008
- Inter-County Leader, p.8, July 21, 2010
- Bradley Ayers faxed press release, September 12, 2010