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Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield/Community

Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield/Community

Tomorrow (Monday), we start the first week of Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB), although it may as well be called Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC).  Throughout the course, we’ll be addressing the differences between traditional IPB and conducting IPB for our needs, or IPC. IPB is the Army’s […]

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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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OPSEC Slides

OPSEC Slides

For those who have requested (and those who haven’t), I’ve uploaded the OPSEC slides from the talk I gave last month.  They’re posted over at the Culper Institute.  While you’re over there, please check out the courses we’re offering.  Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield starts on Monday! We love teaching […]

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EXSUM – 14 MAY 14

EXSUM – 14 MAY 14

Next Monday I’ll start teaching Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) through our new online learning platform.  IPB should be conducted on the AO prior to any operations.  Here’s the link to sign up. Executive Intelligence Summary (EXSUM) – 14 MAY 14 CONFLICT. The woman guerrilla. Synopsis: A Dutch woman […]

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Non-Lethal Targeting: The Case for Hearts and Minds

Non-Lethal Targeting: The Case for Hearts and Minds

Administrivia: We have a few seats left for the Houston and Tampa ICAC.  Email me for more information. Prior to the Gulf War, the national war colleges taught warfighting primarily through two lenses: annihilation and attrition.  We use the entire spectrum of combined arms warfare en masse to annihilate enemy […]

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EXSUM – 01 MAY 14

EXSUM – 01 MAY 14

Executive Intelligence Summary (EXSUM) – 01 MAY 14 CONFLICT. Prepare for War in the Pre-Electronic Age With the technological superiority of the US military, and with US state and regime law enforcement electronic capability potential not too terribly far behind, should FREEFOR be preparing for a war in the pre-electronic […]

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The Quick Start ACE

The Quick Start ACE

Aveighter from the MVT Intelligence Support to the Warfighter Forum asked a really great question – how do we spin up an Analysis and Control Element (ACE) in record time to respond to a time-sensitive event like the Nevada/Bundy Ranch incident?  I’ve outlined the answer in two sections below (sorry […]

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Next Lecture & Required Reading

Next Lecture & Required Reading

I’d like to thank everyone for attending this evening’s Operations Security (OPSEC) lecture.  As long as we have turnouts like that, I’ll do these talks at least once a month.  From the feedback, I think everyone really enjoyed the Q&A session.  We spent roughly 45 minutes for the lecture and […]

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OPSEC Lecture / Q&A

OPSEC Lecture / Q&A

This Wednesday, 23 April at 2100 EDT / 1800 PDT, I’ll be giving an Operational Security (OPSEC) talk.  It’ll last about an hour and I’ll be taking your questions afterwards.  Please use this time to learn and/or brush up on some OPSEC planning skills. You can listen via the web […]

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Threat Characteristics and TO&E

Threat Characteristics and TO&E

I hopped on WRSA this morning and saw a couple articles describing the blurred lines between military and law enforcement. A series of questions asked,   Were there “mercenaries” working for BLM at the Bundy Ranch?, Do regime agencies have the ability to put boots on ground through private military […]

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