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Articles written by: Samuel Culper III

Redoubts: The Appalachian Messenger

Redoubts: The Appalachian Messenger

(Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) or TL;DR: Go read the first edition of The Appalachian Messenger.  Yours truly wrote a short article about an experience overseas that changed the way I thought about the future of this nation.) With the success of the American Redoubt, many of those living in […]

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Personal/Group OPSEC Webinar is Tonight

Personal/Group OPSEC Webinar is Tonight

Hey Gang – it’s that time again.  Tonight at 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern, I’ll be teaching a Personal/Group Operations Security (OPSEC) class for the Patriot-Prepper.  The course will last about an hour, followed by some Q&A time.  And, of course, we’ll have an Action Plan to get you going […]

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AAR: Class 16-2

AAR: Class 16-2

(Admin Note: This is an After Action Review sent in from a class held earlier this year.  I really enjoyed my weekend with this group.  Their dedication to family and community preparedness is among the best I’ve seen, and that made the course so much easier to teach.) BEGIN AAR […]

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ASCOPE Factors in Intelligence Collection for the Patriot-Prepper

ASCOPE Factors in Intelligence Collection for the Patriot-Prepper

One of my favorite things about Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield/Community (IPB/IPC) is learning more about where I live.  Many people point out that now is the time to collect information, when information is so freely available.  We don’t yet know what Net Neutrality will do to the internet (although […]

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Community Security Strategies & COIN Success on the Tactical Level

Community Security Strategies & COIN Success on the Tactical Level

The more we think about post-SHTF threats to our communities, the more concerned we become about the local police state and gang/tribal warfare.  Tribal conflict arises around the world in places where the previous governing bodies vacate or simply lack authority.  This power vacuum is a marquee enabler of every […]

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AAR: Pathfinder from Class 43-1

Income density IVO Ferguson.

“Pathfinder” is a retired Army flag-officer who attended the Intelligence Collection & Analysis Course (ICAC). //BEGIN AAR I was first introduced to the [Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB)] process in 1989 at the Army Command & General Staff College.  Applied it as a battalion, brigade, and division assistant operations […]

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The Three Types of Insurgencies

The Three Types of Insurgencies

There’s a sizable number of those in the Patriot community who believe that restoring Liberty will come to violence and, of those, a great number believe that an insurgency is the way forward. Insurgencies are often how the disaffected few, be they religious, ethnic, or political/ideological groups, respond to the […]

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IPC Webinar SNAFU (And A Second Opportunity)

IPC Webinar SNAFU (And A Second Opportunity)

Hey Gang – First, let me offer my apology.  We pay something like $78/month for GoToWebinar because it’s a great platform and we use it.  It offers attendees the opportunity to ask questions in real time, and it’s basically unbeatable as far as a distance learning platform goes. We do […]

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[IMPORTANT] IPC Webinar Starts Tomorrow

[IMPORTANT] IPC Webinar Starts Tomorrow

Hey Gang – Tomorrow’s webinar on Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC) is an open event.  I do a webinar each month for subscribers of Forward Observer Magazine, but tomorrow everyone is invited, so please share this with your family and friends.  This webinar is the only place on the […]

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We Can’t Kill Them Fast Enough: Why Current Policies Won’t Defeat ISIS

We Can’t Kill Them Fast Enough: Why Current Policies Won’t Defeat ISIS

(Admin Note: On 19 February, I’ll be hosting a free webinar on Intelligence Preparation of the Community.  Read this for more information, or register here to attend.) The U.S. Military is really good at killing people and winning wars.  For all the vitriol over the “lost wars” in Iraq and […]

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