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Going for the Brain: Why al-Qaida Attacks Yemen Intelligence Buildings & Personnel

Going for the Brain: Why al-Qaida Attacks Yemen Intelligence Buildings & Personnel

I haven’t been keeping up with the four-sided war in Yemen probably as much as I should be.  One thing I’ve noticed about the fighting, however, is a concerted effort by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP; aka Ansar al-Sharia) to attack military intelligence targets across Yemen.  (While everyone’s been […]

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On Developing Actionable Intelligence

On Developing Actionable Intelligence

(Admin Note: I hope that everyone has a great Fourth of July.  Take a day off and enjoy some time with friends and family; celebrate and get reacquainted with this nation’s Founding.  I certainly will.  I’ll be back next week with another article.  In the meantime, if developing actionable intelligence […]

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Targeting: An Exercise in Generating Intelligence Requirements

Targeting: An Exercise in Generating Intelligence Requirements

I was talking with a new acquaintance about intelligence support to targeting and why I don’t say much about it or the targeting cycle.  There may not be any good reason why I don’t talk about targeting so we’ll start with some practical homework that exercises the fundamentals of the […]

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Secret Agents & Voluntary Informers (SWM 1940)

Secret Agents & Voluntary Informers (SWM 1940)

I’m filling in a few spots in the Community Intelligence Manual (Print&Ebook, Print, Ebook) by going back into some of my old manuals published when, you know, they didn’t have billion dollar budgets.  So I came across some descriptions for Secret Agents, Voluntary Informers, and Liaison Operations in the 1940 […]

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Attacking the Center of Gravity

One thing I teach in advanced Intelligence classes is what’s called “Center of Gravity” analysis.  That’s a concept first described by Prussian military strategist and “cerebral savage” Carl von Clausewitz, and one that’s now used in the Army and Marine Corps to describe any idea, base, or associations that are […]

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Five Things We Can Learn from Chechnya’s Guerrilla Wars

Five Things We Can Learn from Chechnya’s Guerrilla Wars

Chechnya is a very fascinating place (it’s a little smaller than the state of New Jersey – did you know?).  I’ve been reading a bunch of stuff about its history, spurred by reading Chapter 7 of Urban Guerrilla Warfare, which describes the Russian incursion into Grozny (1994-1996).  It turned out […]

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One Reason Why Boko Haram Still Exists

One Reason Why Boko Haram Still Exists

One of the reasons why I harp so much on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) collection is because there are hundreds of millions of intelligence gatherers around the world.  Every blog, every website, every reporter, every newscast, every everything is potentially producing information of Intelligence value.  Our job is to identify […]

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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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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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