Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

New Series on Building Order of Battle Products

New Series on Building Order of Battle Products

I’ve started a new series of articles over at Forward Observer on building out Order of Battle intelligence products. Order of Battle products are a core task of the intelligence element, and are critical to having situational awareness in your community. Check it out here.

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‘Getting Your ACE in Gear’ Webinar

‘Getting Your ACE in Gear’ Webinar

The Analysis & Control Element (ACE) is the intelligence element.  I’ve talked at great lengths about why forming a central intelligence element is necessary.  In my courses, I’ve gone into how we’d set up an ACE and talked about some central tasks and responsibilities.  The ACE is the brain of […]

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Intelligence Collection & Analysis: Charlotte, NC in January

Intelligence Collection & Analysis: Charlotte, NC in January

Right now, imagine that the lights go out.  What threats should you be expecting in your community?  How long will it take them to arrive?  Six hours?  24 hours?  72?  Where will they come from?  Who are they?  What will they look like?  What kinds of weapons and vehicles will […]

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Forward Observer Magazine Update – PLEASE READ

Forward Observer Magazine Update – PLEASE READ

Hey Gang – First, I’d like to thank everyone for their support of our project at Forward Observer Magazine.  We’ve been growing pretty steadily, and working through some growing pains.  We certainly appreciate your support. We’ve been growing at a pace that I can no longer keep up with.  Forward […]

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COMINT and A Note On Intelligence Exploitation

COMINT and A Note On Intelligence Exploitation

(Admin note: I’m writing a weekly column each Thursday over at Forward Observer in a blog called The ACE.  The latest is “Mowing the Grass”: Five Lessons We Can Learn About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  Be sure to check out our work over there.) The Grugq (Twitter / Blog — you […]

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Implications of a Domestic Insurgency

Implications of a Domestic Insurgency

Here are a number of points to consider in the event that an insurgent conflict breaks in in America. 1.  Whenever we talk about conflict, we have to consider the implications on both sides of collateral damage and civilian casualties.  A common practice for the US Army and Marine Corps […]

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Urban Charger Intelligence Report (Ferguson Riots)

Urban Charger Intelligence Report (Ferguson Riots)

Well, we’ve wrapped up most of the intelligence activity from Urban Charger, our effort to battle track the Ferguson riots. We had a great group of guys involved at all levels; from OSINT and COMINT collection and reporting on the front side to the intelligence analysis on the back side.  […]

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Best Practices for a Compendium of OPSEC Violations

Best Practices for a Compendium of OPSEC Violations

“Never provide unnecessary details.”  That’s something that I always teach in my Operations Security (OPSEC) classes.  I’s a pretty self-explanatory statement, and it should be easy to follow.  But today I read an article on Mother Jones, the infamously leftist news magazine, about a current Army soldier who spoke about […]

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AR-15 Stolen from Police Cruiser in Ferguson, MO

AR-15 Stolen from Police Cruiser in Ferguson, MO

2200 Central:  Several minutes ago, our ACE team heard over the police channels that an AR-15 had been spotted behind a Meineke Car Care store.  A minute or two after that, police reported that an AR-15 had been stolen from an unattended police vehicle.  Before that, and since then, there […]

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COIN: Seven Lines of Effort for Prepper Security

COIN: Seven Lines of Effort for Prepper Security

One threat that many preppers are likely to face post-SHTF is that of the criminal insurgent, or groups of criminals, gangs, mobs, and looters.  This criminal threat will manifest for a few reasons; namely out of the criminal’s need to survive, the availability of unprepared, soft targets, and the community’s […]

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