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Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

Uses of the Enemy: Mastering Effective Propaganda

Uses of the Enemy: Mastering Effective Propaganda

A couple weeks ago, Donald Trump put himself on the map for me when he said of Senator John McCain, “He’s not a war hero.  He was a war hero because he was captured.  I like people who weren’t captured.”  Knowing that Donald Trump is the quasi-conservative but highly more […]

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September Training Dates in Florida: Orlando & Tampa

September Training Dates in Florida: Orlando & Tampa

Hey Florida – I’m coming to see you in September! 11-13 SEP – Orlando, FL – SHTF Intelligence 18-20 SEP – Tampa, FL – SHTF Intelligence The SHTF Intelligence Course is a three day class designed to get your intelligence element up and running. We spend the first morning discussing some […]

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11 Critical Variables for Community Intelligence

11 Critical Variables for Community Intelligence

When I was in the Schoolhouse, we trained against a Soviet-style adversary.  This was post-9/11 and Army doctrine was still preparing analysts for intelligence support to conventional force-on-force warfare: tanks, armored vehicles, mechanized infantry and self-propelled artillery.  One of the crowning achievements of earning our MOS was being able to […]

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On Developing Actionable Intelligence

On Developing Actionable Intelligence

(Admin Note: I hope that everyone has a great Fourth of July.  Take a day off and enjoy some time with friends and family; celebrate and get reacquainted with this nation’s Founding.  I certainly will.  I’ll be back next week with another article.  In the meantime, if developing actionable intelligence […]

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Targeting: An Exercise in Generating Intelligence Requirements

Targeting: An Exercise in Generating Intelligence Requirements

I was talking with a new acquaintance about intelligence support to targeting and why I don’t say much about it or the targeting cycle.  There may not be any good reason why I don’t talk about targeting so we’ll start with some practical homework that exercises the fundamentals of the […]

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Secret Agents & Voluntary Informers (SWM 1940)

Secret Agents & Voluntary Informers (SWM 1940)

I’m filling in a few spots in the Community Intelligence Manual (Print&Ebook, Print, Ebook) by going back into some of my old manuals published when, you know, they didn’t have billion dollar budgets.  So I came across some descriptions for Secret Agents, Voluntary Informers, and Liaison Operations in the 1940 […]

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Mark Cuban on Building a Pattern of Life & Social Profile

Mark Cuban on Building a Pattern of Life & Social Profile

Mark Cuban: tech billionaire and privacy advocate. In the video below, Mark talks about how social media is being used by online companies and “in every walk of life,” which also includes the government’s surveillance state.  All this social media — indeed, our entire online presence — is being put together […]

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Developing A Community Intelligence Program Textbook – Now Available for Pre-Order

Well, the wait is finally over (almost).  I’m adding some charts and pictures, and the book is in various stages of being edited, so I’ve made the Developing A Community Intelligence Program manual available for pre-order. This is THE textbook for building a community Intelligence program.  Whether you’re a militia member or […]

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Attacking the Center of Gravity

One thing I teach in advanced Intelligence classes is what’s called “Center of Gravity” analysis.  That’s a concept first described by Prussian military strategist and “cerebral savage” Carl von Clausewitz, and one that’s now used in the Army and Marine Corps to describe any idea, base, or associations that are […]

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On the Need for Legitimacy

In today’s Seattle IPC class, we talked a little bit about community security and legitimacy; specifically the battle for it.  In any power vacuum, whether it’s caused by a catastrophic event or some other collapse scenario, we may end up being locked into a battle over who our communities look to […]

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