Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

Order of Battle

Order of Battle

(First, Introduction to Intelligence Analysis is just a couple weeks away.  Learn about why Intelligence Analysis is an often overlooked part of prepping, and how you can learn and use it to increase your security.  This course is absolutely free.  You can sign up for our new course here.  Second, […]

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Another Case for Hearts and Minds

Another Case for Hearts and Minds

(Admin Note: I’ll be teaching intelligence courses online over at the Culper Institute.  If you’re interested in how Intelligence can play a role for preppers and others, then attend Introduction to Intelligence Analysis for free.  That’s my gift to you, but we’re going to be limited to 50 students.  You […]

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IPB Q&A Webinar

IPB Q&A Webinar

(Admin Note: Thank you to everyone who prodded us to add Bitcoin as a payment option.  We now accept BTC at Forward Observer Magazine and the Culper Institute.) On 19 August, I’ll be hosting an hour long webinar to answer your questions about Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) over […]

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Prepping, Post-SHTF and Counterinsurgency

Prepping, Post-SHTF and Counterinsurgency

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Forward Observer – Summer 14 Is Up

Forward Observer – Summer 14 Is Up

The newest issue of Forward Observer is up on the site.  For all who purchased the issue in print, we’re still waiting on our printing company.  They’ll be going out just as soon as we get them back.  You can purchase the print issue here, and your support is much appreciated! […]

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Strategic Geography and the Invasion of Texas – Come And Take It

Strategic Geography and the Invasion of Texas – Come And Take It

At the very beginning of Chapter Four of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam (a MUST READ!), LTC Nagl writes about the strategic geography of the Malayan counterinsurgency, and it’s really stuck with me because of what’s going on along the Texas border. […]

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Understanding the Need for Intelligence

Understanding the Need for Intelligence

I’m going to post this video over to the Getting Started page.  It’s an hour long but it’s a MUST WATCH to understand the ground level of intelligence and intelligence analysis.  If you have an hour, it’s well worth your time.  Even if you have ten or fifteen minutes, it’s […]

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Forward Observer Summer 2014

Forward Observer Summer 2014

The Summer issue of Forward Observer Magazine will be going out in early August, which is a little late.  We’ve had some growing pains but I think we have everything figured out now. That means that there’s still time to order your copy and enjoy all the hard work that […]

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Movies, Doctrine & Intelligence Analysis

Movies, Doctrine & Intelligence Analysis

I was sitting in a really good movie earlier today and I saw an example of how we allow our key assumptions to fill in the “don’t knows” of intelligence analysis. Unless you’re watching Game of Thrones, our key assumption is always that the main character will stay live, defeat […]

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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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