Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

01JAN14 EXSUM

01JAN14 EXSUM

01 JAN 14 Executive Intelligence Summary. (AC is Analyst Comment.) Tailored Access Operations. Tech geeks were up in digital arms this week as German newspaper Der Spiegel reported about new, previously undisclosed NSA capability and program information.  As much as these programs are newsworthy, the peripheral questions must also be […]

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John Mosby

John Mosby

As many of you have heard, John Mosby and his family recently endured a tragedy.  Here’s John’s post.  John has a physical address (found at the link) if you’d like to send a donation to a brother and friend.  If you’d like to use PayPal then I will ensure that […]

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28DEC13 EXSUM

28DEC13 EXSUM

I’m going to start pushing out sporadic news reports with some level of intelligence-related interest, and calling them (for now) the Executive Summary (EXSUM).  EXSUMs are typically written for flag-officer commanders who only have time to hear the most pressing developments.  I present them for your viewing pleasure. Critical Infrastructure. […]

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ANC – Lessons Learned

ANC – Lessons Learned

The training schedule has been updated to include Houston.  I’ll have time to run one more course in the Southeast, and since we’ve thrown around Savannah and Pensacola in the past, send me an email if you’re interested in either of these places and we’ll get something set up. ALSO: […]

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FARC – Lessons Learned

FARC – Lessons Learned

MSG Morgan recently covered this article over at his excellent SIGINT blog, and suggested that I take a stab at explaining some lessons learned. In my relatively short career, I only had cursory experience with South American insurgencies but was no stranger to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).  […]

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Measuring Progress

Measuring Progress

I just wanted to jot down a few thoughts about intelligence analysis as it applies to measuring progress and developments (both positive and negative). In many ways, tracking conflict is like tracking a business: you have profits and you have losses, and sales volume, and margins, and variable costs, and […]

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Source Recruitment Cycle

Source Recruitment Cycle

Hey folks – I updated the training page.  January is shaping up to be [4-5 JAN – Spokane ICAC], [18-19 JAN – Atlanta ICAC], and [25-26 JAN – Virginia ICAC].  If you’ve emailed me or commented about a course, expect an email tomorrow.  If interested, email me for more info.  […]

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Radio Free Redoubt Show

Radio Free Redoubt Show

During a recent long drive, I plugged in some previous Radio Free Redoubt (RFR) podcasts.  If you’re a Redoubter and not listening, then you’re wrong.  I would even suggest that all Liberty-loving Americans, regardless of location, listen to John Jacob’s show.  He’s doing some great work in the Redoubt and […]

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The Importance of Good Scholarship

The Importance of Good Scholarship

I came across this article relaying the contents of an email USMC GEN James Mattis (Ret.) sent to a colleague about the importance of professional reading.  This hits home for many of us because our work requires a level of expertise such that direct experience alone is in itself insufficient.  […]

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Using Crime Reports

Using Crime Reports

Next week, we’re about to start going over a handful of posts about source recruiting and source operations; areas which have only been lightly covered on this blog.  That’s about to change. I was thinking earlier today about all the applications of source ops for the post-SHTF Patriot and/or prepper.  […]

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