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On War: Understanding the Importance of Doctrine

On War: Understanding the Importance of Doctrine

Doctrine is an important topic in warfighting, and perhaps the most important area for an intelligence officer to understand.  Doctrine defined is The guiding principles that an adversary uses to plan and execute his operations.  When we understand adversary doctrine, we’re better informed about what he might do in the […]

The Ultimate ACE Startup Guide

The Ultimate ACE Startup Guide

In several classes now, I’ve been asked what I would have in my ultimate ACE.  What a loaded question.  I’m going to use this post to describe what I currently have in my ACE.  I’ll also eventually update this post with what gear I’d like to add if price were […]

Great Interview on the I Am Liberty Podcast

Great Interview on the I Am Liberty Podcast

Last week I had the great opportunity to go on the I Am Liberty Podcast, in what has been one of the best interviews I’ve had.  I talk about community security and the use of intelligence.  Great interview, highly recommend that you listen.   Here’s the link, or you can […]

Does he look very "militant" to you?

Militias, Public Relations and OPSEC

I read an article today about a militia.  This post isn’t intended to demean them or any of their members, however, it’s a great case study from an Operations Security (OPSEC) perspective.  I’m not against militias (I’m also not in one), this is not an etymological argument, nor is it […]

Spearhead Transmission Podcast Interview

Spearhead Transmission Podcast Interview

The guys from the Spearhead Transmission Podcast recently interviewed me about the state of surveillance and intelligence.  (Thank you Nick & Mike!)  The interview begins at about the 14:30 minute mark and can be heard here.  


Flashpoint

If Only We Had Their Determination

If Only We Had Their Determination

Following members of ISIS on their social media accounts is a wealth of great information.  It’s been a worthwhile effort to see some of the propaganda they’ve been churning out.  These Daeshbags* who rape and pillage deserve to die, but I have to admire their dedication to their mission. I […]

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III Percent

Does he look very "militant" to you?

Militias, Public Relations and OPSEC

I read an article today about a militia.  This post isn’t intended to demean them or any of their members, however, it’s a great case study from an Operations Security (OPSEC) perspective.  I’m not against militias (I’m also not in one), this is not an etymological argument, nor is it […]

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Guerrilla Warfare

Going for the Brain: Why al-Qaida Attacks Yemen Intelligence Buildings & Personnel

Going for the Brain: Why al-Qaida Attacks Yemen Intelligence Buildings & Personnel

I haven’t been keeping up with the four-sided war in Yemen probably as much as I should be.  One thing I’ve noticed about the fighting, however, is a concerted effort by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP; aka Ansar al-Sharia) to attack military intelligence targets across Yemen.  (While everyone’s been […]

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Community Defense Framework

On War: Understanding the Importance of Doctrine

On War: Understanding the Importance of Doctrine

Doctrine is an important topic in warfighting, and perhaps the most important area for an intelligence officer to understand.  Doctrine defined is The guiding principles that an adversary uses to plan and execute his operations.  When we understand adversary doctrine, we’re better informed about what he might do in the […]

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Why Intelligence Is the Best Use of Your Time Right Now

Why Intelligence Is the Best Use of Your Time Right Now

(Admin note:  I had been asked, more or less, about the value of attending the SHTF Intelligence course.  This is the long response.)   “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, […]

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Indicators & Battle Tracking Baltimore

Reported National Guard locations.

Here’s a really good article talking about “signs” (we call them “indicators”) that Baltimore is going to light up like a Christmas tree this week. If you’ll remember, during Operation Urban Charger, about 90 minutes before the verdict was set to be announced, the National Guard started spinning soldiers out […]

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Intelligence for SHTF

Intelligence for SHTF

Over the past several weeks, we’ve shipped copies of SHTF Intelligence to hundreds of readers in the Patriot and Prepper community.  The response has been overwhelming, and I’m deeply appreciative of the support. I’m not married.  I have no kids.  I didn’t write this book to help my family, I […]

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Good Chart of Rules for the Use of Burner Phones

Good Chart of Rules for the Use of Burner Phones

Via The Intercept:                                 (I tried to find the original source article, but was unable.) If you like these rules, then be sure to check out my two books —- Security: A Primer for Freedom […]

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Community Defense & the Elements of “Soft Power”

Community Defense & the Elements of “Soft Power”

(Admin Note:  This article first appeared at Forward Observer.) If hard power is violence and coercion, then soft power is influence and motivation. American power projected across the globe teaches that violence has its limitations. To modify a turn of phrase, war is not always the answer. Coercion causes resentment […]

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REVIEW: Code of the Street

REVIEW:  Code of the Street

Code of the Street Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City Elijah Anderson (Norton & Company, 1999)   Understanding the human terrain is one of the foremost important abilities for an intelligence analyst involved in conflicts of the people. Past the soldiers and their weapons lies a […]

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Going for the Brain: Why al-Qaida Attacks Yemen Intelligence Buildings & Personnel

Going for the Brain: Why al-Qaida Attacks Yemen Intelligence Buildings & Personnel

I haven’t been keeping up with the four-sided war in Yemen probably as much as I should be.  One thing I’ve noticed about the fighting, however, is a concerted effort by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP; aka Ansar al-Sharia) to attack military intelligence targets across Yemen.  (While everyone’s been […]

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KGB Example of Good Intelligence Analysis

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(Admin Note:  The SHTF Intelligence manual e-version has been sent out by email.  I’m taking care of some very minor changes and then will have the book forever enshrined in print form and distributed.  Thank you for the support.  A few early reviews have been positive, so I hope that […]

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Hurricane Joaquin: How to Get Flood Plain Data

Hurricane Joaquin: How to Get Flood Plain Data

It’s a matter of days before Hurricane Joaquin hits the East Coast; the first in the past 15 months despite lots of enviro-pandering that we’d experience more frequent and severe hurricanes as a result of global warming. At any rate, it’s been a while since I blogged, and in light […]

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Orlando, FL – SHTF Intelligence Course – AAR

Orlando, FL – SHTF Intelligence Course – AAR

(Admin Note:  I’m scheduling a few more classes this year.  We’re looking at some dates in Texas in October and November in Dallas and Austin. There will be a Virginia course in December.  I’ve gotten emails from Wisconsin and Ohio, so if you’re in those places and interested in attending, […]

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