||In the summer of 1985, Earl was assigned to work on the Vice President's Task Force on Terrorism. In its final report, the task force recommended that the NSC add staff to address terrorism on a full-time basis. To implement this recommendation, Earl and Coast Guard Cmdr. Craig P. Coy, who had also served on the Vice President's task force, were assigned to the NSC staff in February 1986. Earl and Coy both reported to North, who supervised the NSC staff's counter-terrorism activities. In May 1986, North, Earl, Coy and Hall moved into suite 302 of the Old Executive Office Building.