Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

Forward Observer Magazine – Spring 2014

Forward Observer Magazine – Spring 2014

We’re putting the finishing touches on the Spring print issue of Forward Observer Magazine.  We have a great line up of writers, and Ian and I are both very proud of this issue.  If you’ve ever wanted to support a project that furthered the cause of FREEFOR, that can be […]

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POSEIDON COMPASS: INTEL REQUIREMENTS

POSEIDON COMPASS: INTEL REQUIREMENTS

We developed a good initial list of Intelligence Requirements (IR) during last night’s chat.  Below are the published Primary Intelligence Requirements (PIR; mission-critical) and the IRs divided by topic.  (Download PDF here.)  Please help us distribute these to rally goers.  We’ll be compiling the answers from multiple sources and sending […]

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POSEIDON COMPASS – 01 APR UPD

POSEIDON COMPASS – 01 APR UPD

Administrivia: I’ve added some summer courses to the training schedule.  These dates include some OPSEC courses in addition to the two-day ICAC courses.  I’m in the process of developing some online courseware as well as a wider offering of physical courses.  For ICAC grads, I’ll also be adding some advanced […]

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EXERCISE POSEIDON COMPASS

EXERCISE POSEIDON COMPASS

CA from WRSA suggested that we work on a real-time (real life) practical intelligence exercise for the upcoming 05 April 2A rally in Hartford, CT.  Recognizing a great idea when one is thrown in my lap, I wholeheartedly agree that this will be an excellent opportunity to practice real-time intelligence […]

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Targeting and Other Answers

Targeting and Other Answers

I’ve enjoyed participating in Max Velocity’s forum; you can check out the Intelligence thread (Intelligence Support to the Warfighter) here.  I’m gong to respond to two other MVT Forum participants through this post.  The first response has to do with Targeting and the second has to do with the Auxiliary […]

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Che’s Catastrophic Counterintelligence Failures

Che’s Catastrophic Counterintelligence Failures

I’ve never been a huge fan of Che Guevara’s foco theory, which states that a small contingent of guerrillas can start a revolution and build popular support once operations are underway.  There’s too much hill to climb and too many potential missteps; the support is either there or it’s not. […]

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Introduction to Intelligence Support to the Warfighter

Introduction to Intelligence Support to the Warfighter

I’ve recently ‘teamed up’ with Max Velocity and agreed to moderate a sub-forum over at the MVT Forum called Intelligence Support to the Warfighter.  Here we’ll aggregate and solve the intelligence collection/analysis problems encountered on the tactical side and also work towards establishing a flat, open surface on which intelligence […]

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Mao vs Che

Mao vs Che

The Small Wars Journal (SWJ) puts out a lot of really great stuff.  For those who seek an academic understanding of warfare (and, really, who shouldn’t?), SWJ articles alone will put you head and shoulders above many of your peers. This essay (On Guerrilla Warfare, h/t the grugq) comparing and […]

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Feedback for Security 2.0

Feedback for Security 2.0

NOTE: We have a few seats left for the Salt Lake City ICAC at the end of this month.  This course is constantly evolving based on your expectations of the future, and it’s my goal to train you as if you were going to be operating on my team post-SHTF.  […]

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Wyoming’s 84th CST

Wyoming’s 84th CST

Last week I was driving through Wyoming, my favorite state in the Union and former home, and passed two blue trucks (looked sort of like ambulances) with .gov plates.  It was something I’d never seen before, and as I passed them I saw “84th CST” on their doors, along with […]

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