Adaptation & Warfare

Adaptation & Warfare

I think one of the least respected and most under-appreciated areas of conflict is the ability to adapt.  We’ve talked before about resistance and insurgent organizations’ ‘sticking power’ because they observed the battlefield, identified the gaps where they can survive, and then stopped doing the things that get them killed. […]

Population Density IVO Ferguson

“I’m Not Sure About the IPB Thing”

A week or two ago, CA at WRSA posted a reader’s questions about Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB), and there were plenty of good answers to his question.  I want to ensure that Dan gets thorough answers to all his questions, because IPB is likely the best use of […]

“We Weren’t S2 People”: Tactical Intelligence for the Fight

“We Weren’t S2 People”: Tactical Intelligence for the Fight

Travis Haley is a renowned tactical trainer, high risk security operator, and former Force Reconnaissance Marine.  In this video, he talks about his time during the Battle of An-Najaf, Iraq in 2004. The money quote from this video is, “We weren’t S2 people.”  He describes the dire situation during the […]

How Hezbollah Caught an Israeli Spy

How Hezbollah Caught an Israeli Spy

A recent New York Times article confirms the second successful high-level infiltration and sabotage of a terrorist organization in the past few months. Although I can no longer find the article, there was a really good one a couple months back about Boko Haram having been infiltrated by the Nigerian […]

Pro-Government Militias During Post-SHTF

Pro-Government Militias During Post-SHTF

(Admin Note:  More and more, this blog will become less about my articles and more about snippets and small things I find along the way.  We’ll be continuing to talk about Insurgency and Guerrilla Warfare.  If you’re looking for How To’s and continuing education about Intelligence, head over to the […]


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Intelligence Requirements: Ebola

Intelligence Requirements: Ebola

A friend and I started talking about Ebola and intelligence requirements, so we have some intelligence requirements for everyone.  Let’s crowdsource some OSINT gathering.  I’ll give away a free course through the Culper Institute ($49-$99 value) and a Digital Subscription to Forward Observer Magazine ($24 value) to the Most Valuable […]

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III Percent

Local Stability in a “Dirty Civil War”

Local Stability in a “Dirty Civil War”

In the Fall issue of Forward Observer Magazine, I had the great opportunity to interview Matthew Bracken, a former Navy SEAL and prolific author (I know you’ve heard of him), about the future of conflict in America.  A potential scenario he talked about was the “dirty civil war”, where a […]

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Guerrilla Warfare

Adaptation & Warfare

Adaptation & Warfare

I think one of the least respected and most under-appreciated areas of conflict is the ability to adapt.  We’ve talked before about resistance and insurgent organizations’ ‘sticking power’ because they observed the battlefield, identified the gaps where they can survive, and then stopped doing the things that get them killed. […]

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Community Defense Framework

Using Maps & Map Data for Intelligence

Using Maps & Map Data for Intelligence

[On 19 February, Forward Observer University will be hosting a free webinar for Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC).  You’ll get a free e-book and we’ll take you through the planning process with lots of good information, some of which I teach in class.  We’ll make the official announcement later […]

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Using Maps & Map Data for Intelligence

Using Maps & Map Data for Intelligence

[On 19 February, Forward Observer University will be hosting a free webinar for Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC).  You’ll get a free e-book and we’ll take you through the planning process with lots of good information, some of which I teach in class.  We’ll make the official announcement later […]

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Reporting from Mosul on the Islamic State

Reporting from Mosul on the Islamic State

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about how every day life would be affected in the event of a low intensity conflict in the States.  We saw that even though US operations were on-going in Iraq and Afghanistan, and local nationals dealt with the daily threat of insurgent […]

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New Series on Building Order of Battle Products

New Series on Building Order of Battle Products

I’ve started a new series of articles over at Forward Observer on building out Order of Battle intelligence products. Order of Battle products are a core task of the intelligence element, and are critical to having situational awareness in your community. Check it out here.

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‘Getting Your ACE in Gear’ Webinar

‘Getting Your ACE in Gear’ Webinar

The Analysis & Control Element (ACE) is the intelligence element.  I’ve talked at great lengths about why forming a central intelligence element is necessary.  In my courses, I’ve gone into how we’d set up an ACE and talked about some central tasks and responsibilities.  The ACE is the brain of […]

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Intelligence Collection & Analysis: Charlotte, NC in January

Intelligence Collection & Analysis: Charlotte, NC in January

Right now, imagine that the lights go out.  What threats should you be expecting in your community?  How long will it take them to arrive?  Six hours?  24 hours?  72?  Where will they come from?  Who are they?  What will they look like?  What kinds of weapons and vehicles will […]

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Forward Observer Magazine Update – PLEASE READ

Forward Observer Magazine Update – PLEASE READ

Hey Gang – First, I’d like to thank everyone for their support of our project at Forward Observer Magazine.  We’ve been growing pretty steadily, and working through some growing pains.  We certainly appreciate your support. We’ve been growing at a pace that I can no longer keep up with.  Forward […]

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COMINT and A Note On Intelligence Exploitation

COMINT and A Note On Intelligence Exploitation

(Admin note: I’m writing a weekly column each Thursday over at Forward Observer in a blog called The ACE.  The latest is “Mowing the Grass”: Five Lessons We Can Learn About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  Be sure to check out our work over there.) The Grugq (Twitter / Blog — you […]

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Implications of a Domestic Insurgency

Implications of a Domestic Insurgency

Here are a number of points to consider in the event that an insurgent conflict breaks in in America. 1.  Whenever we talk about conflict, we have to consider the implications on both sides of collateral damage and civilian casualties.  A common practice for the US Army and Marine Corps […]

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Urban Charger Intelligence Report (Ferguson Riots)

Urban Charger Intelligence Report (Ferguson Riots)

Well, we’ve wrapped up most of the intelligence activity from Urban Charger, our effort to battle track the Ferguson riots. We had a great group of guys involved at all levels; from OSINT and COMINT collection and reporting on the front side to the intelligence analysis on the back side.  […]

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Best Practices for a Compendium of OPSEC Violations

Best Practices for a Compendium of OPSEC Violations

“Never provide unnecessary details.”  That’s something that I always teach in my Operations Security (OPSEC) classes.  I’s a pretty self-explanatory statement, and it should be easy to follow.  But today I read an article on Mother Jones, the infamously leftist news magazine, about a current Army soldier who spoke about […]

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