Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

Why We Plan

Why We Plan

This is just a quick note to remind everyone of why we plan and why we write things down.  In class and elsewhere on the net in regards to a few of my articles, I hear a lot of responses like this: Oh, I’m just going to play it by […]

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Identifying SHTF Indicators

Identifying SHTF Indicators

(Administrivia: Forward Observer Magazine is looking for a new associate editor.  If you have any experience in editing or design, and you’re interested in contributing to a pro-Liberty, Veteran-Patriot publication, please get in touch with us at: editor (AT) fwd-observer.com.) I had a couple really good questions this past weekend […]

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Placement, Access & Exposure

Placement, Access & Exposure

(Administrivia: I’m looking at running the Human Intelligence Collectors Course in Austin in August, and Dallas in September.  If you’re interested in those areas, send me an email with the best available weekend(s).  I’ll take the most common and schedule those course dates.) The starting point of this article should […]

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Republic of Texas – An Analytical Exercise

Republic of Texas – An Analytical Exercise

(I’ll be the first to admit that events like these are often accepted with starry-eyed, head in the clouds optimism by many in the Patriot movement.  These events are not without problems of their own, as has been pointed out by numerous sources.  Still, not a single Patriot has the […]

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Human Intelligence Workshop & Course Schedule

Human Intelligence Workshop & Course Schedule

We’ll be running the first Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collectors Course & Workshop in Houston, Texas on 12-13 July.  These two days are going to be busy as we cover elicitation and questioning/interrogation techniques.  We’ll also be covering social engineering, or how to create social pretexts to help with our elicitation […]

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Why the Iraqi Civil War Matters to America

Why the Iraqi Civil War Matters to America

Well, most of us knew it was only a matter of time.  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an al-Qaida affiliate, made international headlines this week as they took over Mosul and now threaten Baghdad.  ISIS, formerly Islamic State of Iraq, was started by a guy named […]

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Tactical PSYOP: the Groundwork of Local Security

Tactical PSYOP: the Groundwork of Local Security

Nationally, at the strategic or operational level, I think we have a good deal of pro-Liberty Psychological Operations (PSYOP) activity.  The alternative news outlets, blogs and those who leverage social media and the internet to turn videos, images or memes into viral Liberty campaigns are achieving operational-level success. I think […]

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Three Steps to Improving Prepper Intelligence

Three Steps to Improving Prepper Intelligence

This blog’s readership consists mostly of Patriots and Preppers.  This growing subsection of America is the entire reason this blog exists, and I’m here to advise and enable better security for your communities and homesteads.  If there were just three steps you could take this week to improve your intelligence […]

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Forward Observer – Summer 2014

Forward Observer – Summer 2014

I’d like to thank everyone who supports our upstart magazine.  You’re supporting us just by reading it online, and of course we owe each of our subscribers a great deal of thanks.  It’s our goal to produce a solid issue each quarter.  We’re currently working on our second print issue […]

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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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