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Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

The Use of Social Media in OSINT Collection

The Use of Social Media in OSINT Collection

Within the US Intelligence Community, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) information is, at times, a red-headed step child.  Not sexy and high tech like Signals Intelligence, and not at all sexy and cloak-and-dagger-ish like Human Intelligence; OSINT is the “great guy” that lots of women claim they can’t find. SIGINT and […]

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GoogleEarth PRO Is Now Free

GoogleEarth PRO Is Now Free

I know there will be detractors, however, a friend just alerted me that GoogleEarth PRO (regularly $400) is now available to download for free. GoogleEarth is an incredible resource for Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) collection.  I routinely use it for security planning and conducting Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC). Download […]

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ICAC AAR – Class # 43-1

ICAC AAR – Class # 43-1

(Admin note: Here’s the first of a few AARs that I’ve been hanging onto.  My 2015 training schedule is filling out, so if you’d like to join a course or schedule one near you, then shoot me an email.  I have some open dates this summer, so if you propose […]

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Using Maps & Map Data for Intelligence

Using Maps & Map Data for Intelligence

[On 19 February, Forward Observer University will be hosting a free webinar for Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC).  You’ll get a free e-book and we’ll take you through the planning process with lots of good information, some of which I teach in class.  We’ll make the official announcement later […]

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Adaptation & Warfare

Adaptation & Warfare

I think one of the least respected and most under-appreciated areas of conflict is the ability to adapt.  We’ve talked before about resistance and insurgent organizations’ ‘sticking power’ because they observed the battlefield, identified the gaps where they can survive, and then stopped doing the things that get them killed. […]

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“I’m Not Sure About the IPB Thing”

Population Density IVO Ferguson

A week or two ago, CA at WRSA posted a reader’s questions about Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB), and there were plenty of good answers to his question.  I want to ensure that Dan gets thorough answers to all his questions, because IPB is likely the best use of […]

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“We Weren’t S2 People”: Tactical Intelligence for the Fight

“We Weren’t S2 People”: Tactical Intelligence for the Fight

Travis Haley is a renowned tactical trainer, high risk security operator, and former Force Reconnaissance Marine.  In this video, he talks about his time during the Battle of An-Najaf, Iraq in 2004. The money quote from this video is, “We weren’t S2 people.”  He describes the dire situation during the […]

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How Hezbollah Caught an Israeli Spy

How Hezbollah Caught an Israeli Spy

A recent New York Times article confirms the second successful high-level infiltration and sabotage of a terrorist organization in the past few months. Although I can no longer find the article, there was a really good one a couple months back about Boko Haram having been infiltrated by the Nigerian […]

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Pro-Government Militias During Post-SHTF

Pro-Government Militias During Post-SHTF

(Admin Note:  More and more, this blog will become less about my articles and more about snippets and small things I find along the way.  We’ll be continuing to talk about Insurgency and Guerrilla Warfare.  If you’re looking for How To’s and continuing education about Intelligence, head over to the […]

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Reporting from Mosul on the Islamic State

Reporting from Mosul on the Islamic State

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about how every day life would be affected in the event of a low intensity conflict in the States.  We saw that even though US operations were on-going in Iraq and Afghanistan, and local nationals dealt with the daily threat of insurgent […]

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