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Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

Social Bases and Insurgent Groups

Social Bases and Insurgent Groups

I was sitting at the urgent care doctor’s office on Saturday (I’m fine) when the doc comes in.  I’m reading Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse .  He starts to ask me a few questions about how I’m feeling (didn’t ask me about any guns) and glances down […]

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Operation BEACH CRUISER

Operation BEACH CRUISER

Last year a team of eight Intelligence collectors and analysts spun up during the Ferguson riots to test the proof of concept of the Virtual ACE, or Analysis & Control Element.  What we found was that a small team of dedicated volunteers could disseminate threat reporting much faster than any […]

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Anti-Daesh Propaganda & Propaganda Analysis

Anti-Daesh Propaganda & Propaganda Analysis

(Admin Note: Sorry for the delay in posting.  As soon as I get done writing the Intel Prep of the Community manual, I’ll be able to resume regular posting on this blog.  A new FO Podcast is out, and you can listen to it here.  Also check us out on […]

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Introduction to the Russia Desk

Introduction to the Russia Desk

Next month, we’ll be introducing the new crowdsourced Intelligence feature of Forward Observer and I’m EXTREMELY excited. The new FO website will go up in a few short weeks, thanks to everyone who ordered one of the FO Tab shirts.  We sold 80, which got us 80% of the way […]

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American Redoubt Intel Training Dates & Training Progression

American Redoubt Intel Training Dates & Training Progression

I’m building out my summer training schedule for the American Redoubt.  We have some seats left for the courses below, as well as some availability in May and later in June or July. We’ll be spending one day on Security and then two days of Intelligence Preparation of the Community.  […]

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Jeff “Skunk” Baxter on the Revolution in Intelligence

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter on the Revolution in Intelligence

Steely Dan is my all-time favorite band.  Alive in America is one of the best live albums in the history of music.  So what does that have to do with Intelligence? Well, I had absolutely no idea that a founding member of the band is now a defense analyst in […]

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Chief of Staff: US Army at 33% Readiness

Chief of Staff: US Army at 33% Readiness

In case you didn’t hear it in the mainstream media, the Army Chief of Staff last week said that the U.S. Army is at 33 percent readiness. Full story at Forward Observer.  Thank you for sharing and getting this message out to Americans who need to understand what’s going on. […]

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Crowdsourcing Intelligence: Our OSINT Project

Crowdsourcing Intelligence: Our OSINT Project

(Admin note: This is by far one of the most positive developments to come out of my time in the Patriot/Prepper community.  Please ensure widest dissemination.) One of the features we’re working on for the new Forward Observer website is “crowdsourced” Intelligence collection and analysis.  Crowdsourcing is a model available […]

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EXSUM Redux

EXSUM Redux

It’s been a long while since I last posted an Executive Intelligence Summary; something we refer to as the EXSUM.  They’re going to resume. First, a bit of background.  My second deployment began as a typical Intelligence analyst’s job, where Sergeant Culper worked at a desk for twelve or more […]

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Analysis of the Unconscious: Information versus Intelligence

Analysis of the Unconscious: Information versus Intelligence

University of Virginia psychology professor Tim Wilson estimates that the human brain is capable of receiving 11 million bits of information per second, which puts our brain’s abilities on the level of NSA, at least as far as collection is concerned.  Where our brain falls laughably short is our conscious awareness. […]

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