An Intelligence Mission You Can Start Today

An Intelligence Mission You Can Start Today

On this week’s episode of the Forward Observer Podcast (tune in below), I talked about the concept that “every patriot is a sensor.”  That maxim comes from the Army, where every soldier is a sensor.  Whether you’re on patrol, on guard duty, talking to detainees, or just being on base, […]

OPSEC Webinar – Open Enrollment – Wed, 25 MAR

OPSEC Webinar – Open Enrollment – Wed, 25 MAR

After the last webinar, a few folks emailed me about having covered too much information in too little a time.  There’s some merit to the complaint, because I breezed through about four hours of lecture in less than two hours.  The last webinar, from start to finish, was over an […]

Forthcoming Intelligence Book, Untitled – Feedback Requested

Forthcoming Intelligence Book, Untitled – Feedback Requested

I’ve finished a draft outline and the first chapter of my new book on Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC).  Consider this the textbook/field manual to accompany security planning for your home/homestead and community.  I’m going to describe in detail the types of Intelligence information you’ll need to collect.  It’s […]

Syrian Rebels and the Digital Honeypot

Syrian Rebels and the Digital Honeypot

The Internet can be a dangerous place, especially if you’re a Syrian rebel… From NYT: To the young Syrian rebel fighter, the Skype message… appeared to come from a woman in Lebanon… interested in his cause. Her picture, in a small icon alongside her name, showed a fair-skinned 20-something in […]

After Action Reviews #2-3: Class 16-2

After Action Reviews #2-3: Class 16-2

[Admin note: Here are two additional After Action Reviews (AAR) from a class held earlier this year – thank you for sending them along. I have two speaking/training events scheduled in Washington State in May and June. I’m traveling to speak at the Northwest Preparedness Expo and the 2015 Arms […]


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

Redoubts: The Appalachian Messenger

Redoubts: The Appalachian Messenger

(Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) or TL;DR: Go read the first edition of The Appalachian Messenger.  Yours truly wrote a short article about an experience overseas that changed the way I thought about the future of this nation.) With the success of the American Redoubt, many of those living in […]

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Guerrilla Warfare

Scorched Earth Policy in Emerging Conflicts

Scorched Earth Policy in Emerging Conflicts

In the last week or two, I posted a link about the most recent terror attack in Chechnya (still part of the Russian Federation).  Both Chechen and Russian leadership are concerned about the hundreds of Chechen fighters who are now returning to Russia after having fought with ISIS.  (This article […]

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Community Defense Framework

An Intelligence Mission You Can Start Today

An Intelligence Mission You Can Start Today

On this week’s episode of the Forward Observer Podcast (tune in below), I talked about the concept that “every patriot is a sensor.”  That maxim comes from the Army, where every soldier is a sensor.  Whether you’re on patrol, on guard duty, talking to detainees, or just being on base, […]

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Recent Posts

Redoubts: The Appalachian Messenger

Redoubts: The Appalachian Messenger

(Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) or TL;DR: Go read the first edition of The Appalachian Messenger.  Yours truly wrote a short article about an experience overseas that changed the way I thought about the future of this nation.) With the success of the American Redoubt, many of those living in […]

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Personal/Group OPSEC Webinar is Tonight

Personal/Group OPSEC Webinar is Tonight

Hey Gang – it’s that time again.  Tonight at 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern, I’ll be teaching a Personal/Group Operations Security (OPSEC) class for the Patriot-Prepper.  The course will last about an hour, followed by some Q&A time.  And, of course, we’ll have an Action Plan to get you going […]

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AAR: Class 16-2

AAR: Class 16-2

(Admin Note: This is an After Action Review sent in from a class held earlier this year.  I really enjoyed my weekend with this group.  Their dedication to family and community preparedness is among the best I’ve seen, and that made the course so much easier to teach.) BEGIN AAR […]

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ASCOPE Factors in Intelligence Collection for the Patriot-Prepper

ASCOPE Factors in Intelligence Collection for the Patriot-Prepper

One of my favorite things about Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield/Community (IPB/IPC) is learning more about where I live.  Many people point out that now is the time to collect information, when information is so freely available.  We don’t yet know what Net Neutrality will do to the internet (although […]

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Community Security Strategies & COIN Success on the Tactical Level

Community Security Strategies & COIN Success on the Tactical Level

The more we think about post-SHTF threats to our communities, the more concerned we become about the local police state and gang/tribal warfare.  Tribal conflict arises around the world in places where the previous governing bodies vacate or simply lack authority.  This power vacuum is a marquee enabler of every […]

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AAR: Pathfinder from Class 43-1

Income density IVO Ferguson.

“Pathfinder” is a retired Army flag-officer who attended the Intelligence Collection & Analysis Course (ICAC). //BEGIN AAR I was first introduced to the [Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB)] process in 1989 at the Army Command & General Staff College.  Applied it as a battalion, brigade, and division assistant operations […]

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The Three Types of Insurgencies

The Three Types of Insurgencies

There’s a sizable number of those in the Patriot community who believe that restoring Liberty will come to violence and, of those, a great number believe that an insurgency is the way forward. Insurgencies are often how the disaffected few, be they religious, ethnic, or political/ideological groups, respond to the […]

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IPC Webinar SNAFU (And A Second Opportunity)

IPC Webinar SNAFU (And A Second Opportunity)

Hey Gang – First, let me offer my apology.  We pay something like $78/month for GoToWebinar because it’s a great platform and we use it.  It offers attendees the opportunity to ask questions in real time, and it’s basically unbeatable as far as a distance learning platform goes. We do […]

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[IMPORTANT] IPC Webinar Starts Tomorrow

[IMPORTANT] IPC Webinar Starts Tomorrow

Hey Gang – Tomorrow’s webinar on Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC) is an open event.  I do a webinar each month for subscribers of Forward Observer Magazine, but tomorrow everyone is invited, so please share this with your family and friends.  This webinar is the only place on the […]

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We Can’t Kill Them Fast Enough: Why Current Policies Won’t Defeat ISIS

We Can’t Kill Them Fast Enough: Why Current Policies Won’t Defeat ISIS

(Admin Note: On 19 February, I’ll be hosting a free webinar on Intelligence Preparation of the Community.  Read this for more information, or register here to attend.) The U.S. Military is really good at killing people and winning wars.  For all the vitriol over the “lost wars” in Iraq and […]

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