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Developing A Community Intelligence Program Textbook – Now Available for Pre-Order

Well, the wait is finally over (almost).  I’m adding some charts and pictures, and the book is in various stages of being edited, so I’ve made the Developing A Community Intelligence Program manual available for pre-order. This is THE textbook for building a community Intelligence program.  Whether you’re a militia member or […]

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South African Mercenaries Are Taking It to Boko Haram

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I started reading this article and immediately thought about Max Velocity (not that he’s old, of course) and the discussion of exactly what “old dudes” can do.  I’ll let Max cover that aspect, but I wanted to share a bit about the counterinsurgency aspect of what some South African mercenaries […]

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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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Clearing Up Some OPSEC Confusion

Clearing Up Some OPSEC Confusion

“OPSEC” is one of those buzzwords that gets tossed around frequently, and whenever I read any article in opposition to practicing OPSEC, I just have to wonder if they really understand what it is. To many of the misinformed and uneducated, Operations Security (OPSEC) is a ridiculous concept because, as […]

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An Intelligence Mission You Can Start Today

An Intelligence Mission You Can Start Today

On this week’s episode of the Forward Observer Podcast (tune in below), I talked about the concept that “every patriot is a sensor.”  That maxim comes from the Army, where every soldier is a sensor.  Whether you’re on patrol, on guard duty, talking to detainees, or just being on base, […]

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Forthcoming Intelligence Book, Untitled – Feedback Requested

Forthcoming Intelligence Book, Untitled – Feedback Requested

I’ve finished a draft outline and the first chapter of my new book on Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC).  Consider this the textbook/field manual to accompany security planning for your home/homestead and community.  I’m going to describe in detail the types of Intelligence information you’ll need to collect.  It’s […]

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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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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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[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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If Only We Had Their Determination

If Only We Had Their Determination

Following members of ISIS on their social media accounts is a wealth of great information.  It’s been a worthwhile effort to see some of the propaganda they’ve been churning out.  These Daeshbags* who rape and pillage deserve to die, but I have to admire their dedication to their mission. I […]

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