Digital Security Resources

Digital Security Resources

At last night’s Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield/Community Q&A, there were a lot of questions about digital security.  I really enjoyed last night’s session because we got to talk about different intelligence and security topics.  Thank you to all who joined.  That audio will be uploaded on Lesson Five at […]

Order of Battle

Order of Battle

(First, Introduction to Intelligence Analysis is just a couple weeks away.  Learn about why Intelligence Analysis is an often overlooked part of prepping, and how you can learn and use it to increase your security.  This course is absolutely free.  You can sign up for our new course here.  Second, […]

Another Case for Hearts and Minds

Another Case for Hearts and Minds

(Admin Note: I’ll be teaching intelligence courses online over at the Culper Institute.  If you’re interested in how Intelligence can play a role for preppers and others, then attend Introduction to Intelligence Analysis for free.  That’s my gift to you, but we’re going to be limited to 50 students.  You […]

IPB Q&A Webinar

IPB Q&A Webinar

(Admin Note: Thank you to everyone who prodded us to add Bitcoin as a payment option.  We now accept BTC at Forward Observer Magazine and the Culper Institute.) On 19 August, I’ll be hosting an hour long webinar to answer your questions about Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) over […]

Prepping, Post-SHTF and Counterinsurgency

Prepping, Post-SHTF and Counterinsurgency

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Flashpoint

Invasion Models

Invasion Models

For the benefit of quasi-academic exercise, let’s assume that the absolute worst happens in Connecticut (CT): a federal invasion.  (Although the likelihood is low right now, it could be a plausible scenario in another state for the government of tomorrow.)  If I was tasked to analyze and wargame that scenario, […]

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III Percent

Information Operations, Part Three: Operations Security

Information Operations, Part Three: Operations Security

Administrivia: I’ve posted dates for the next ICAC on the Training page.  We have a few seats left for those so inclined. Poor Operations Security (OPSEC) leads to mission failure.  We cover OPSEC in pretty good detail in the ICAC, and this is a decent recap.  Because good OPSEC is […]

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Guerrilla Warfare

Nonattributional Warfare

Nonattributional Warfare

I just read an interesting article entitled, “Epic Landpower Fail,” in which the author, a US Army Major and strategy professor at West Point, makes the point that today all landpower is attributional.  What he means is that landpowers – armies – can be attributed to a specific country.  You […]

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Community Defense Framework

Another Case for Hearts and Minds

Another Case for Hearts and Minds

(Admin Note: I’ll be teaching intelligence courses online over at the Culper Institute.  If you’re interested in how Intelligence can play a role for preppers and others, then attend Introduction to Intelligence Analysis for free.  That’s my gift to you, but we’re going to be limited to 50 students.  You […]

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Recent Posts

Forward Observer – Summer 14 Is Up

Forward Observer – Summer 14 Is Up

The newest issue of Forward Observer is up on the site.  For all who purchased the issue in print, we’re still waiting on our printing company.  They’ll be going out just as soon as we get them back.  You can purchase the print issue here, and your support is much appreciated! […]

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Strategic Geography and the Invasion of Texas – Come And Take It

Strategic Geography and the Invasion of Texas – Come And Take It

At the very beginning of Chapter Four of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam (a MUST READ!), LTC Nagl writes about the strategic geography of the Malayan counterinsurgency, and it’s really stuck with me because of what’s going on along the Texas border. […]

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Understanding the Need for Intelligence

Understanding the Need for Intelligence

I’m going to post this video over to the Getting Started page.  It’s an hour long but it’s a MUST WATCH to understand the ground level of intelligence and intelligence analysis.  If you have an hour, it’s well worth your time.  Even if you have ten or fifteen minutes, it’s […]

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Forward Observer Summer 2014

Forward Observer Summer 2014

The Summer issue of Forward Observer Magazine will be going out in early August, which is a little late.  We’ve had some growing pains but I think we have everything figured out now. That means that there’s still time to order your copy and enjoy all the hard work that […]

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Movies, Doctrine & Intelligence Analysis

Movies, Doctrine & Intelligence Analysis

I was sitting in a really good movie earlier today and I saw an example of how we allow our key assumptions to fill in the “don’t knows” of intelligence analysis. Unless you’re watching Game of Thrones, our key assumption is always that the main character will stay live, defeat […]

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Why We Plan

Why We Plan

This is just a quick note to remind everyone of why we plan and why we write things down.  In class and elsewhere on the net in regards to a few of my articles, I hear a lot of responses like this: Oh, I’m just going to play it by […]

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Identifying SHTF Indicators

Identifying SHTF Indicators

(Administrivia: Forward Observer Magazine is looking for a new associate editor.  If you have any experience in editing or design, and you’re interested in contributing to a pro-Liberty, Veteran-Patriot publication, please get in touch with us at: editor (AT) fwd-observer.com.) I had a couple really good questions this past weekend […]

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Placement, Access & Exposure

Placement, Access & Exposure

(Administrivia: I’m looking at running the Human Intelligence Collectors Course in Austin in August, and Dallas in September.  If you’re interested in those areas, send me an email with the best available weekend(s).  I’ll take the most common and schedule those course dates.) The starting point of this article should […]

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Burner Phones from a SIGINT Perspective

Burner Phones from a SIGINT Perspective

Admin Note: We’re going to start adding posts under different author’s names.  Heimdall is a former Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Collector and Analyst with tactical and operational experience, including multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. One definition of Operations Security (OPSEC) is the protection of critical information. It’s probably safe to […]

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Republic of Texas – An Analytical Exercise

Republic of Texas – An Analytical Exercise

(I’ll be the first to admit that events like these are often accepted with starry-eyed, head in the clouds optimism by many in the Patriot movement.  These events are not without problems of their own, as has been pointed out by numerous sources.  Still, not a single Patriot has the […]

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