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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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

Human Intelligence Workshop & Course Schedule

Human Intelligence Workshop & Course Schedule

We’ll be running the first Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collectors Course & Workshop in Houston, Texas on 12-13 July.  These two days are going to be busy as we cover elicitation and questioning/interrogation techniques.  We’ll also be covering social engineering, or how to create social pretexts to help with our elicitation […]

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Human Intelligence Workshop & Course Schedule

Human Intelligence Workshop & Course Schedule

We’ll be running the first Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collectors Course & Workshop in Houston, Texas on 12-13 July.  These two days are going to be busy as we cover elicitation and questioning/interrogation techniques.  We’ll also be covering social engineering, or how to create social pretexts to help with our elicitation […]

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Why the Iraqi Civil War Matters to America

Why the Iraqi Civil War Matters to America

Well, most of us knew it was only a matter of time.  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an al-Qaida affiliate, made international headlines this week as they took over Mosul and now threaten Baghdad.  ISIS, formerly Islamic State of Iraq, was started by a guy named […]

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Tactical PSYOP: the Groundwork of Local Security

Tactical PSYOP: the Groundwork of Local Security

Nationally, at the strategic or operational level, I think we have a good deal of pro-Liberty Psychological Operations (PSYOP) activity.  The alternative news outlets, blogs and those who leverage social media and the internet to turn videos, images or memes into viral Liberty campaigns are achieving operational-level success. I think […]

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Three Steps to Improving Prepper Intelligence

Three Steps to Improving Prepper Intelligence

This blog’s readership consists mostly of Patriots and Preppers.  This growing subsection of America is the entire reason this blog exists, and I’m here to advise and enable better security for your communities and homesteads.  If there were just three steps you could take this week to improve your intelligence […]

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Forward Observer – Summer 2014

Forward Observer – Summer 2014

I’d like to thank everyone who supports our upstart magazine.  You’re supporting us just by reading it online, and of course we owe each of our subscribers a great deal of thanks.  It’s our goal to produce a solid issue each quarter.  We’re currently working on our second print issue […]

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Battlefield Biometrics

Battlefield Biometrics

We’ve talked a few times before about ‘Battlefield Biometrics‘, which is law enforcement forensics applied to wartime operations.  Biometric modalities like fingerprints, irises, faces and DNA have been used to identify and arrest numerous insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We know that other nations are building their biometric capabilities, and […]

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Confirmation Bias Ruins Lives

Confirmation Bias Ruins Lives

Our friends over at CATI Armor are offering 10% off their steel body armor plates.  Just use the code “10GAFO” during check out to get 10% off.  We’ll be publishing a review of their plates on this site and in Forward Observer Magazine soon.  I do PT in their plates […]

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New Classes

New Classes

I’m in the process of developing two new courses to the current line up (ICAC, OPSEC).  We’ll be running them in a few locations starting in June and July, and throughout the summer and fall. The first new course is our Advanced Analysis Course (AAC).  The AAC is a one […]

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Mission Analysis & the Four D’s

Mission Analysis & the Four D’s

I recently started incorporating the four D’s into Mission Planning and Analysis.  The mission drives intelligence and intelligence drives the fight.  Therefore if we don’t understand the mission, we can’t drive the fight. The mission of protecting your family and community through tactical engagement is not enough.  There’s a reason […]

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Forward Observer / Guerrillamerica Podcast

Forward Observer / Guerrillamerica Podcast

As soon as I get my voice back, Ian and I will start producing a weekly Forward Observer/Guerrillamerica Podcast to discuss Veteran/Patriot issues, along with intelligence, security, conflict/war/defense and training. We’re really excited to FINALLY start the podcast.  We’d like to start answering your questions during the show, and we […]

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