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On Developing Actionable Intelligence

On Developing Actionable Intelligence

(Admin Note: I hope that everyone has a great Fourth of July.  Take a day off and enjoy some time with friends and family; celebrate and get reacquainted with this nation’s Founding.  I certainly will.  I’ll be back next week with another article.  In the meantime, if developing actionable intelligence […]

Targeting: An Exercise in Generating Intelligence Requirements

Targeting: An Exercise in Generating Intelligence Requirements

I was talking with a new acquaintance about intelligence support to targeting and why I don’t say much about it or the targeting cycle.  There may not be any good reason why I don’t talk about targeting so we’ll start with some practical homework that exercises the fundamentals of the […]

Secret Agents & Voluntary Informers (SWM 1940)

Secret Agents & Voluntary Informers (SWM 1940)

I’m filling in a few spots in the Community Intelligence Manual (Print&Ebook, Print, Ebook) by going back into some of my old manuals published when, you know, they didn’t have billion dollar budgets.  So I came across some descriptions for Secret Agents, Voluntary Informers, and Liaison Operations in the 1940 […]

Mark Cuban on Building a Pattern of Life & Social Profile

Mark Cuban on Building a Pattern of Life & Social Profile

Mark Cuban: tech billionaire and privacy advocate. In the video below, Mark talks about how social media is being used by online companies and “in every walk of life,” which also includes the government’s surveillance state.  All this social media — indeed, our entire online presence — is being put together […]

Print Edition of the Security Manual

Print Edition of the Security Manual

Back in 2013, I wrote a 50-something page security manual; a down and dirty guide to what you need to know.  It was available for about a year in digital format. We’ve decided to re-format the book and print up a handful for the Arms Expo in Yakima, WA next […]


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

Print Edition of the Security Manual

Print Edition of the Security Manual

Back in 2013, I wrote a 50-something page security manual; a down and dirty guide to what you need to know.  It was available for about a year in digital format. We’ve decided to re-format the book and print up a handful for the Arms Expo in Yakima, WA next […]

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Guerrilla Warfare

Targeting: An Exercise in Generating Intelligence Requirements

Targeting: An Exercise in Generating Intelligence Requirements

I was talking with a new acquaintance about intelligence support to targeting and why I don’t say much about it or the targeting cycle.  There may not be any good reason why I don’t talk about targeting so we’ll start with some practical homework that exercises the fundamentals of the […]

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Community Defense Framework

On Developing Actionable Intelligence

On Developing Actionable Intelligence

(Admin Note: I hope that everyone has a great Fourth of July.  Take a day off and enjoy some time with friends and family; celebrate and get reacquainted with this nation’s Founding.  I certainly will.  I’ll be back next week with another article.  In the meantime, if developing actionable intelligence […]

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Developing A Community Intelligence Program Textbook – Now Available for Pre-Order

Well, the wait is finally over (almost).  I’m adding some charts and pictures, and the book is in various stages of being edited, so I’ve made the Developing A Community Intelligence Program manual available for pre-order. This is THE textbook for building a community Intelligence program.  Whether you’re a militia member or […]

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Attacking the Center of Gravity

One thing I teach in advanced Intelligence classes is what’s called “Center of Gravity” analysis.  That’s a concept first described by Prussian military strategist and “cerebral savage” Carl von Clausewitz, and one that’s now used in the Army and Marine Corps to describe any idea, base, or associations that are […]

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On the Need for Legitimacy

In today’s Seattle IPC class, we talked a little bit about community security and legitimacy; specifically the battle for it.  In any power vacuum, whether it’s caused by a catastrophic event or some other collapse scenario, we may end up being locked into a battle over who our communities look to […]

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Five Things We Can Learn from Chechnya’s Guerrilla Wars

Five Things We Can Learn from Chechnya’s Guerrilla Wars

Chechnya is a very fascinating place (it’s a little smaller than the state of New Jersey – did you know?).  I’ve been reading a bunch of stuff about its history, spurred by reading Chapter 7 of Urban Guerrilla Warfare, which describes the Russian incursion into Grozny (1994-1996).  It turned out […]

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Last Call for Washington State & Arms Expo Information

Last Call for Washington State & Arms Expo Information

We’re ten short days from the Seattle Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC) Course.  We have a few seats left, so if you’re in the area, then join us.  Email me for more information. The weekend after that, Forward Observer will have a booth up at the 2015 Arms Expo […]

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One Reason Why Boko Haram Still Exists

One Reason Why Boko Haram Still Exists

One of the reasons why I harp so much on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) collection is because there are hundreds of millions of intelligence gatherers around the world.  Every blog, every website, every reporter, every newscast, every everything is potentially producing information of Intelligence value.  Our job is to identify […]

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The Way Ahead: How We Can Restore Liberty in Our Lifetime

The Way Ahead: How We Can Restore Liberty in Our Lifetime

(Admin Note: For those new to the blog, I’ve espoused these ideas for a long time based on my professional experience as an Intelligence Analyst and a student of guerrilla and insurgent movements.  When we begin breaking down what another American revolution would look like and approach the topic from […]

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Swedish PSYOP: This Way If You Are Gay

Swedish PSYOP:  This Way If You Are Gay

Since at least 1962, the Swedish Ministry of Defence has been tracking and defending against Soviet and Russian submarine incursions into its defense zones.  And that story is really no different since Putin has been making his presence known to pro-Western and NATO countries (Sweden is not a member of […]

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South African Mercenaries Are Taking It to Boko Haram

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I started reading this article and immediately thought about Max Velocity (not that he’s old, of course) and the discussion of exactly what “old dudes” can do.  I’ll let Max cover that aspect, but I wanted to share a bit about the counterinsurgency aspect of what some South African mercenaries […]

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Social Bases and Insurgent Groups

Social Bases and Insurgent Groups

I was sitting at the urgent care doctor’s office on Saturday (I’m fine) when the doc comes in.  I’m reading Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse .  He starts to ask me a few questions about how I’m feeling (didn’t ask me about any guns) and glances down […]

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