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Intelligence Preparation of the Community

On War: Understanding the Importance of Doctrine

On War: Understanding the Importance of Doctrine

Doctrine is an important topic in warfighting, and perhaps the most important area for an intelligence officer to understand.  Doctrine defined is The guiding principles that an adversary uses to plan and execute his operations.  When we understand adversary doctrine, we’re better informed about what he might do in the […]

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Great Interview on the I Am Liberty Podcast

Great Interview on the I Am Liberty Podcast

Last week I had the great opportunity to go on the I Am Liberty Podcast, in what has been one of the best interviews I’ve had.  I talk about community security and the use of intelligence.  Great interview, highly recommend that you listen.   Here’s the link, or you can […]

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Spearhead Transmission Podcast Interview

Spearhead Transmission Podcast Interview

The guys from the Spearhead Transmission Podcast recently interviewed me about the state of surveillance and intelligence.  (Thank you Nick & Mike!)  The interview begins at about the 14:30 minute mark and can be heard here.  

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Why Intelligence Is the Best Use of Your Time Right Now

Why Intelligence Is the Best Use of Your Time Right Now

(Admin note:  I had been asked, more or less, about the value of attending the SHTF Intelligence course.  This is the long response.)   “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, […]

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Indicators & Battle Tracking Baltimore

Reported National Guard locations.

Here’s a really good article talking about “signs” (we call them “indicators”) that Baltimore is going to light up like a Christmas tree this week. If you’ll remember, during Operation Urban Charger, about 90 minutes before the verdict was set to be announced, the National Guard started spinning soldiers out […]

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Community Defense & the Elements of “Soft Power”

Community Defense & the Elements of “Soft Power”

(Admin Note:  This article first appeared at Forward Observer.) If hard power is violence and coercion, then soft power is influence and motivation. American power projected across the globe teaches that violence has its limitations. To modify a turn of phrase, war is not always the answer. Coercion causes resentment […]

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Hurricane Joaquin: How to Get Flood Plain Data

Hurricane Joaquin: How to Get Flood Plain Data

It’s a matter of days before Hurricane Joaquin hits the East Coast; the first in the past 15 months despite lots of enviro-pandering that we’d experience more frequent and severe hurricanes as a result of global warming. At any rate, it’s been a while since I blogged, and in light […]

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Markets Bloody – Here’s Your Community Security Checklist

Markets Bloody – Here’s Your Community Security Checklist

As if you weren’t already aware, Asian markets are bleeding all over the place today (0100 hrs Eastern).  The European markets open at 0300 hrs Eastern, which I’m not staying up for, but the safe bet is on seeing Western markets open down, too. I’m not ready to quote Fred […]

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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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