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Jeff “Skunk” Baxter on the Revolution in Intelligence

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter on the Revolution in Intelligence

Steely Dan is my all-time favorite band.  Alive in America is one of the best live albums in the history of music.  So what does that have to do with Intelligence? Well, I had absolutely no idea that a founding member of the band is now a defense analyst in […]

Chief of Staff: US Army at 33% Readiness

Chief of Staff: US Army at 33% Readiness

In case you didn’t hear it in the mainstream media, the Army Chief of Staff last week said that the U.S. Army is at 33 percent readiness. Full story at Forward Observer.  Thank you for sharing and getting this message out to Americans who need to understand what’s going on. […]

Crowdsourcing Intelligence: Our OSINT Project

Crowdsourcing Intelligence: Our OSINT Project

(Admin note: This is by far one of the most positive developments to come out of my time in the Patriot/Prepper community.  Please ensure widest dissemination.) One of the features we’re working on for the new Forward Observer website is “crowdsourced” Intelligence collection and analysis.  Crowdsourcing is a model available […]

EXSUM Redux

EXSUM Redux

It’s been a long while since I last posted an Executive Intelligence Summary; something we refer to as the EXSUM.  They’re going to resume. First, a bit of background.  My second deployment began as a typical Intelligence analyst’s job, where Sergeant Culper worked at a desk for twelve or more […]

Analysis of the Unconscious: Information versus Intelligence

Analysis of the Unconscious: Information versus Intelligence

University of Virginia psychology professor Tim Wilson estimates that the human brain is capable of receiving 11 million bits of information per second, which puts our brain’s abilities on the level of NSA, at least as far as collection is concerned.  Where our brain falls laughably short is our conscious awareness. […]


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

Analysis of the Unconscious: Information versus Intelligence

Analysis of the Unconscious: Information versus Intelligence

University of Virginia psychology professor Tim Wilson estimates that the human brain is capable of receiving 11 million bits of information per second, which puts our brain’s abilities on the level of NSA, at least as far as collection is concerned.  Where our brain falls laughably short is our conscious awareness. […]

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Intelligence Preparation of the Community

We just finished with the first ever iteration of Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC) as a two-day course.  Going forward, IPC is going to be the basic course because it was so helpful for this last group. I have some open training dates this summer and fall, and you […]

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Clearing Up Some OPSEC Confusion

Clearing Up Some OPSEC Confusion

“OPSEC” is one of those buzzwords that gets tossed around frequently, and whenever I read any article in opposition to practicing OPSEC, I just have to wonder if they really understand what it is. To many of the misinformed and uneducated, Operations Security (OPSEC) is a ridiculous concept because, as […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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