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AAR: Pathfinder from Class 43-1

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

[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 […]

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 […]


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

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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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

[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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Recent Posts

The Use of SIGINT for Exploitation of Adversaries

The Use of SIGINT for Exploitation of Adversaries

The use of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) information to exploit adversaries is a pretty solid tactic.  Having an affair?  Exploitable.  Skimming money off a contract?  Exploitable.  Doing anything illegal?  Exploitable. We find this information out because we read your emails and listen to your phone calls.  If you communicate it electronically, […]

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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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Intelligence Made Easy…

Intelligence Made Easy…

Here’s the bottom line up front… I’m going to spend a couple hours each month sitting down with you, and I’m going to show you how easy it is to incorporate Intelligence skills into your preparedness plan to make you more secure. I think some folks tend to get scared […]

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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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19 FEB – Intel Prep of the Community Webinar

19 FEB – Intel Prep of the Community Webinar

On 19 February, at 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern, I’ll be hosting a free webinar. I’ll be talking about Intelligence Preparation of the Community  (IPC).  This course is unique because there are a LOT of folks talking about preparedness, but their content on security extends the length of a rifle […]

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The Use of Social Media in OSINT Collection

The Use of Social Media in OSINT Collection

Within the US Intelligence Community, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) information is, at times, a red-headed step child.  Not sexy and high tech like Signals Intelligence, and not at all sexy and cloak-and-dagger-ish like Human Intelligence; OSINT is the “great guy” that lots of women claim they can’t find. SIGINT and […]

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GoogleEarth PRO Is Now Free

GoogleEarth PRO Is Now Free

I know there will be detractors, however, a friend just alerted me that GoogleEarth PRO (regularly $400) is now available to download for free. GoogleEarth is an incredible resource for Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) collection.  I routinely use it for security planning and conducting Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC). Download […]

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ICAC AAR – Class # 43-1

ICAC AAR – Class # 43-1

(Admin note: Here’s the first of a few AARs that I’ve been hanging onto.  My 2015 training schedule is filling out, so if you’d like to join a course or schedule one near you, then shoot me an email.  I have some open dates this summer, so if you propose […]

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Using Maps & Map Data for Intelligence

Using Maps & Map Data for Intelligence

[On 19 February, Forward Observer University will be hosting a free webinar for Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC).  You’ll get a free e-book and we’ll take you through the planning process with lots of good information, some of which I teach in class.  We’ll make the official announcement later […]

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Adaptation & Warfare

Adaptation & Warfare

I think one of the least respected and most under-appreciated areas of conflict is the ability to adapt.  We’ve talked before about resistance and insurgent organizations’ ‘sticking power’ because they observed the battlefield, identified the gaps where they can survive, and then stopped doing the things that get them killed. […]

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