Well we don't really know how straightforward the plan was. I mean is the professor just there to buy the house close to the airport or is he working on something bigger? He seems to be a very smart guy that knows his shit. Plus if that was the only plan, then Brody seems like he is just a fail-safe plan? Because if that initial plan succeeds, he is pretty much useless. Or maybe that is the whole plan all along? Put the attention to Brodys partner to take suspicion away from him and give him access with the VP. I guess we might find out in season 2 or it could just be one of those "open to your own interpretation" kind of thing?