Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

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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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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