Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

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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EXSUM – 29 MAY 14

EXSUM – 29 MAY 14

Executive Intelligence Summary (EXSUM) – 29 May 14 CONFLICT. How the Taliban Won the Culture War. One main factor behind the resilience of the Taliban is their ability to frame their narrative in such a way that it has a resonance with the people, particularly in the Pashtun areas of […]

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Appalachian Redoubt from an Intelligence Perspective

Appalachian Redoubt from an Intelligence Perspective

A couple weeks ago at the NC PATCON, I moderated a very abbreviated discussion of the Appalachian Redoubt.  There was some really good input, however, we didn’t get the opportunity to finish the discussion points.  So I’d like to open the floor up to everyone’s input. From an intelligence standpoint, […]

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Illusory Superiority & the Intelligence Game

Illusory Superiority & the Intelligence Game

A YouGov survey out last week found that the average American believes he’s smarter than the average American, and only 4% of Americans believed they were less intelligent than the average American.  (Sure, the numbers could be skewed by method or delivery of survey; i.e., unintelligent people don’t take YouGov […]

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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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