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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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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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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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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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Local Stability in a “Dirty Civil War”

Local Stability in a “Dirty Civil War”

In the Fall issue of Forward Observer Magazine, I had the great opportunity to interview Matthew Bracken, a former Navy SEAL and prolific author (I know you’ve heard of him), about the future of conflict in America.  A potential scenario he talked about was the “dirty civil war”, where a […]

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2015 Training Schedule

2015 Training Schedule

Hey, gang.  I’m working on my 2015 Training Schedule.  I have a few brand new courses added to the line up.  If you or your defense group is interested in learning how intelligence can aid in your security, then get in touch with me.  I’ll be available for one course […]

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Red Yellow Green Blue

Red Yellow Green Blue

Admin Note: Sorry for going so long without posting.  It’s full swing into deer season and I’ve been MIA here as a result. I’ve talked a bit about Red, Yellow, and Green villages in Afghanistan.  They were essentially classifications we assigned to villages as part of a Village Stability Operation […]

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