Intelligence Requirements: Ebola

Intelligence Requirements: Ebola

A friend and I started talking about Ebola and intelligence requirements, so we have some intelligence requirements for everyone.  Let’s crowdsource some OSINT gathering.  I’ll give away a free course through the Culper Institute ($49-$99 value) and a Digital Subscription to Forward Observer Magazine ($24 value) to the Most Valuable […]

Book Review: Nathan Hale – The Life & Death of America’s First Spy

Book Review: Nathan Hale – The Life & Death of America’s First Spy

Nathan Hale grew up in Connecticut at a time when church attendance wasn’t just a moral or social obligation, but also a legal one.  His father instilled in him the virtues of being a devout Christian early and often throughout Nathan’s short life.  Later as a young man and student […]

Four Greatest Kinetic Threats to Preppers

Four Greatest Kinetic Threats to Preppers

This article outlines what I see as the four greatest kinetic threats to preppers.  By kinetic, I mean physical threats of force.  This list doesn’t include dehydration, starvation, illness or natural disasters. 1. Your neighbors.  Not only are your neighbors your greatest counterintelligence threat – that is, the threat that […]

Major Updates, Spies, and Tunnels

Major Updates, Spies, and Tunnels

Lots of major updates on the news front. First, we’ve published our first online intelligence course at the Culper Institute.  Everyone reading this should take IA101: Introduction to Intelligence Analysis because it will improve your security and it won’t cost you a thing.  You can download the audio and listen […]

Laughing Out Loud Intelligence (LOLINT)

Laughing Out Loud Intelligence (LOLINT)

From RawStory: A “sovereign citizens” group used unwitting young people to gather information on first responders in Texas, according to an FBI alert recently obtained through a public records request. … The volunteers knocked on doors and told residents they were raising money for an organization designed to help young […]


Flashpoint

Intelligence Requirements: Ebola

Intelligence Requirements: Ebola

A friend and I started talking about Ebola and intelligence requirements, so we have some intelligence requirements for everyone.  Let’s crowdsource some OSINT gathering.  I’ll give away a free course through the Culper Institute ($49-$99 value) and a Digital Subscription to Forward Observer Magazine ($24 value) to the Most Valuable […]

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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

Four Greatest Kinetic Threats to Preppers

Four Greatest Kinetic Threats to Preppers

This article outlines what I see as the four greatest kinetic threats to preppers.  By kinetic, I mean physical threats of force.  This list doesn’t include dehydration, starvation, illness or natural disasters. 1. Your neighbors.  Not only are your neighbors your greatest counterintelligence threat – that is, the threat that […]

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Recent Posts

Introduction to Intelligence Analysis Is Live

Introduction to Intelligence Analysis Is Live

Intelligence Analysis 101: Introduction to Intelligence Analysis is up at the Culper Institute.  It’s free intelligence training, and you can download the audio to listen on your way to work.  It’s free to sign up, but we do offer other courses for sale that are well worth your time and […]

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The Virtual ACE

The Virtual ACE

One great thing about you learning intelligence through the Culper Institute is that we can now start doing practical exercises via the web.  The common denominator of all students is that they’ll all have at least the same basic understanding of the intelligence process. This standardized training and understanding of […]

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Online Intelligence Training

Online Intelligence Training

Bottom Line Up Front: I’m creating online intelligence courses based on the ICAC, HUMINT, OPSEC, and Counterintelligence courses.  To roll out the Culper Institute for Intelligence & Security (CIIS), I’m offering all courses at 25% off.  Use code 25GA, and as a reader you’ll get 25% off all our current […]

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Civil Infrastructure Intelligence

Civil Infrastructure Intelligence

One of the greatest things you can give a unit is intelligence on a target.  Intelligence always drives the fight. Today, we’ll briefly look at civil infrastructure and some opportunities for intelligence analysis of buildings.  Urban operations are always more complex.  There are more people, potentially more threats – one […]

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ISIS & the Open Source Intelligence SNAFU

ISIS & the Open Source Intelligence SNAFU

Fact actual: If we examine the ISIS class of 2014 martial arts lesson, road march, and graduation photo, we can see several bridges in the background spanning over a large river. After doing just a little bit of research we find this general area in Google Earth along Tigris River in […]

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Gangs & Intelligence Preparation of the Community

Gangs & Intelligence Preparation of the Community

From Newsweek: For St. Louis Gangs, Ferguson Has Become a Recruiting Tool: As they ran through a cloud of tear gas during demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday, Andre Ellis, 17, linked arms with Graig “Shine” Cook, a self-identified Bloods gang member who’d befriended him two nights earlier. … Amid […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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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 […]

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