Shortly after Roman Barkov's death, Captain Price met with Kate Laswell at a teahouse to discuss the formation of a new task force, intended to tie up loose ends that would inevitably be created in the void left behind by Barkov. Laswell initially dismisses the idea, saying she can “fund assets, not outlaws”, though she stops when Price threatens to leave. Laswell brings up that Victor Zakhaev, the son of the late Imran Zakhaev, sought to claim Barkov's throne, mentioning that he was a big fan of Hadir and that he would break him out of Russian custody.
After relenting to Price's request to give him what he wants, Laswell hands him the files of multiple candidates handpicked by Price on behalf of General Shepherd. After going over the files of Kyle "Gaz" Garrick, John "Soap" MacTavish, and Simon "Ghost" Riley, Price explains that the rest of his candidates were "need to know", unless he had a deal with Laswell. When questioned by Laswell on what he would call the task force, Price eagerly responds with "1-4-1".