N.E.S.T., or Non-biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty, is a classified strike force created after the Sector Seven's disbandment. Their original base of operations is located in Diego Garcia. It is the alliance between the military forces of the United States and the United Kingdom, including the Autobots, teaming up to find Decepticons' hideouts around the world.
NEST is given the standing orders from their command, the Pentagon, specifically the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (General Morshower in 2008-2011). Despite this and its American origins, it expanded earlier to include armed forces from other nations such as the United Kingdom and is allowed access to foreign countries and their territory.
After the Battle of Chicago, NEST has been dissolved since humanity has grown hatred and fear toward all the Transformers. NEST is being restored at the end of The Last Knight.
United States of America
- General Morshower - U.S. Marine Corps and N.E.S.T. commander-in-chief
- Captain/Major/Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox - U.S. Army Ranger
- Technical/Master Sergeant Robert Epps - U.S. Air Force Combat Controller
- Lieutenant Commander Darell Wagner - Classified U.S. Department
- Graham - S.A.S.F. agent
- Optimus Prime
- Dune Runner
- Knock Out
Revenge of the Fallen film
NEST travels to the Chinese largest city of Shanghai to defeat Demolishor and Sideways and the mission is successful. National Security Adviser Theodore Galloway says the Decepticons are here because they want to go where the Autobots had to destroy them, and that the Autobots need to leave. However, Optimus Prime asks, "what if we leave, and you're wrong?"
Later, shortly before The Fallen makes his broadcast and the Decepticons invade Earth, Galloway shuts down NEST. However, when Lennox receives a phone call from Seymour Simmons that Sam Witwicky requesting NEST's assistance, he and his NEST team fly to Egypt in order to help Sam against orders as Lennox trusts him. NEST participates in the final battle and, with the help of reinforcements from the U.S.S. John C. Stennis battle group and the U.S. Air Force, they were able to defeat all Decepticon forces, but a badly damaged Megatron and Starscream survive and escape.
Dark of the Moon film
NEST has become more like its predecessor agency Sector Seven, in which now they investigate reports of alien presences, looking for the Decepticons who have been absent since the battle in Egypt. They also have set up Energon detectors in every major city to detect the presence of Decepticons. It has also moved its headquarters from Diego Garcia to a building in Washington, D.C. entitled Department of Health and Human Services. After Lieutenant Colonel Lennox learns from Alexi Voskhod of an alien artifact at Chernobyl nuclear facility, NEST heads there to retrieve it. They get the artifact, but come under attack from Shockwave and his Driller, but Optimus drives them away and retrieves the artifact which turns out to be an engine part from a long lost Autobot ship.
After the revival of Sentinel Prime, NEST is called in to help deal with the Dreads. Ironhide heads out to fight and takes them out. When Sentinel reveals his true colors, murdering Ironhide and decimating the base, there is nothing NEST can do about it as he's too powerful.
When the battle of Chicago begins, NEST is on stand-down at Grissom Air Force Base near the battle-zone. After learning of the Decepticons' plans from Sam Witwicky and Carly Spencer via a downed UAV, everyone volunteers to join the fight and fly to Chicago in V-22 Ospreys.
Along the way and upon reaching the city, the Ospreys come under attack from Decepticon fighters and Starscream and the NEST forces jump out and wing-suit the rest of the way in, losing a few more members to attacks before they land safely.
After learning that Sam is battling Starscream, NEST attacks the Decepticon, distracting Starscream long enough for Sam to kill him. NEST then hooks up with the retired Air Force controller Epps and his team of mercenaries as well as the Navy SEAL team near a bridge and cross it with the help of Simmons and Dutch lowering the bridge for them while thanks to Wheelie and Brains, the Autobots that have recently been captured escape and Bumblebee kills Soundwave.
NEST and Epps' team attack Shockwave and a group of Decepticons including Barricade. They parachute in from above after climbing a building and use Que's boom sticks to cripple several Decepticons and kill a few while Epps and his men act as snipers. They battle Shockwave until Optimus shows up and kills him and the remaining Decepticons and shoots down the Control Pillar for the space bridge with Shockwave's cannon and challenges Sentinel to a fight. NEST battles Sentinel until he calls in other Decepticons to create a distraction and escape, forcing NEST to divert their attention while Optimus goes after Sentinel. Optimus kills Megatron and Sentinel and NEST is victorious.
Age of Extinction film
The NEST was disbanded after the Battle of Chicago and now the Transformers are wanted by secret CIA unit, Cemetery Wind. U.S government dont know that Cemetery Wind unlawfully to hunter and destroy the Autobots. The president and the government are still allies to the Autobots and ordered Cemetery Wind to destroy the Decepticons, not the Autobots, but they turned their backs on them and became serial killers.
The Last Knight film
The former NEST member William Lennox returns as soldier of the TRF (Transformers Reaction Force), an organization founded to destroy all Transformers, Lennox and General Morshower did not want to act with TRF because they does not see the difference between Autobots and Decepticons. About what the U.S. military in past fought along with the Autobots against the Decepticons. However when Optimus Prime returned and the union between them was reborn. However, the Reborn alliance between Autobots and military must stop a new greater threat collision with Earth and Cybertron. TRF loses its control is and were disbanded the end of the movie, NEST is reborn. NEST will fight another day if the Autobots come back to Earth.
N.E.S.T. particpated battles
- Battle of Mission City - before N.E.S.T. was formed
- Skirmish in Shanghai
- Battle of Giza
- Skirmish in Washington D.C.
- Battle of Chicago
- What the initial "NEST" stands for is not mentioned in the film Revenge of the Fallen. The N.E.S.T. can be an initial for:
- Networked Elements: Supporters and Transformers
- Nonbiological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty
- Nonbiological Extraterrestrial Species Team (LG promotional tie-in website)
- Although unconfirmed, it appears the human side of NEST are seen more as a special forces unit. This is shown as most human soldiers operating in NEST and transferred from special forces units, e.g. William Lennox transferred from the US Army Rangers, Graham transferred from the Special Air Service, and the human side of NEST are seen co-operating with US Navy SEALs during the attack of Chicago.