Forward Observer Magazine Is Up

Forward Observer Magazine Is Up

Hey Gang – the web edition of Forward Observer Magazine is up.  Just click on ‘CURRENT ISSUE’ and enjoy.  There are still a few print copies that haven’t been purchased (here).  We’ll be shipping the first batch of orders out next week. Thank you for the support.  I think everyone’s […]

The Adaptive Enemy & Adaptive Management

The Adaptive Enemy & Adaptive Management

A large part of what made fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq so difficult is (just one part of a laundry list) that the enemy observes and adapts.  After the New York Times published the article that US Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) was picking up bin Laden’s and al-Qaida’s satellite phone calls, […]

OPSEC Lecture / Q&A

OPSEC Lecture / Q&A

I’ll be holding a lecture and Q&A session on Operations Security (OPSEC) issues on Wednesday, 24 April 2014.  It will start at 2100 (9pm) EDT / 1800 (6pm) PDT and last for about an hour; 45 minutes of lecture and 15 minutes of Q&A.  We can go longer if there […]

EXSUM – 16 APR 14

EXSUM – 16 APR 14

Executive Intelligence Summary (EXSUM) 16 APR 14 CULTURE. A new take on Milgram’s torture experiments. A new article from a social science publication and website investigates the infamous Milgram experiments of the 1960s.  Milgram, a scientist, conducted a series of experiments using dozens of Americans and published his findings that […]

Could the California Drought Be a Collapse Catalyst?

Could the California Drought Be a Collapse Catalyst?

Administrivia: I’ve updated by training page with courses in Houston, Savannah, and Tampa.  If you live in those areas and would like to attend, send me an email.  I’ll start contacting folks today to get these courses booked and filled.  I’m down South (again) for a family issue so take […]


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: Operational Security

Information Operations, Part Three: Operational 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

Targeting and Other Answers

Targeting and Other Answers

I’ve enjoyed participating in Max Velocity’s forum; you can check out the Intelligence thread (Intelligence Support to the Warfighter) here.  I’m gong to respond to two other MVT Forum participants through this post.  The first response has to do with Targeting and the second has to do with the Auxiliary […]

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Community Defense Framework

The Adaptive Enemy & Adaptive Management

The Adaptive Enemy & Adaptive Management

A large part of what made fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq so difficult is (just one part of a laundry list) that the enemy observes and adapts.  After the New York Times published the article that US Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) was picking up bin Laden’s and al-Qaida’s satellite phone calls, […]

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Recent Posts

POSEIDON COMPASS AAR

POSEIDON COMPASS AAR

Here are some notes that Poseidon Compass Connecticut (PCCT) participants have helped me compile.  More than anything, I think this was a valuable learning experience for many.  Since introducing PCCT, several of you have emailed or commented that we could or should do more intel exercises with on-going and future […]

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POSEIDON COMPASS ACE Team SOPs

POSEIDON COMPASS ACE Team SOPs

We’ve started building out the ACE Team on Unseen (sign up here for free and request contact with guerrillamerica).  I’ve started adding the team members to their chat rooms where we’ll be communicating.  Here’s each team’s (very brief) standard operating procedure (SOP).  If you’d like to follow updates, then you […]

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Forward Observer Magazine – Spring 2014

Forward Observer Magazine – Spring 2014

We’re putting the finishing touches on the Spring print issue of Forward Observer Magazine.  We have a great line up of writers, and Ian and I are both very proud of this issue.  If you’ve ever wanted to support a project that furthered the cause of FREEFOR, that can be […]

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POSEIDON COMPASS: INTEL REQUIREMENTS

POSEIDON COMPASS: INTEL REQUIREMENTS

We developed a good initial list of Intelligence Requirements (IR) during last night’s chat.  Below are the published Primary Intelligence Requirements (PIR; mission-critical) and the IRs divided by topic.  (Download PDF here.)  Please help us distribute these to rally goers.  We’ll be compiling the answers from multiple sources and sending […]

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POSEIDON COMPASS – 01 APR UPD

POSEIDON COMPASS – 01 APR UPD

Administrivia: I’ve added some summer courses to the training schedule.  These dates include some OPSEC courses in addition to the two-day ICAC courses.  I’m in the process of developing some online courseware as well as a wider offering of physical courses.  For ICAC grads, I’ll also be adding some advanced […]

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EXERCISE POSEIDON COMPASS

EXERCISE POSEIDON COMPASS

CA from WRSA suggested that we work on a real-time (real life) practical intelligence exercise for the upcoming 05 April 2A rally in Hartford, CT.  Recognizing a great idea when one is thrown in my lap, I wholeheartedly agree that this will be an excellent opportunity to practice real-time intelligence […]

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Targeting and Other Answers

Targeting and Other Answers

I’ve enjoyed participating in Max Velocity’s forum; you can check out the Intelligence thread (Intelligence Support to the Warfighter) here.  I’m gong to respond to two other MVT Forum participants through this post.  The first response has to do with Targeting and the second has to do with the Auxiliary […]

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Che’s Catastrophic Counterintelligence Failures

Che’s Catastrophic Counterintelligence Failures

I’ve never been a huge fan of Che Guevara’s foco theory, which states that a small contingent of guerrillas can start a revolution and build popular support once operations are underway.  There’s too much hill to climb and too many potential missteps; the support is either there or it’s not. […]

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Introduction to Intelligence Support to the Warfighter

Introduction to Intelligence Support to the Warfighter

I’ve recently ‘teamed up’ with Max Velocity and agreed to moderate a sub-forum over at the MVT Forum called Intelligence Support to the Warfighter.  Here we’ll aggregate and solve the intelligence collection/analysis problems encountered on the tactical side and also work towards establishing a flat, open surface on which intelligence […]

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Mao vs Che

Mao vs Che

The Small Wars Journal (SWJ) puts out a lot of really great stuff.  For those who seek an academic understanding of warfare (and, really, who shouldn’t?), SWJ articles alone will put you head and shoulders above many of your peers. This essay (On Guerrilla Warfare, h/t the grugq) comparing and […]

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