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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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The Use of SIGINT for Exploitation of Adversaries

The Use of SIGINT for Exploitation of Adversaries

The use of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) information to exploit adversaries is a pretty solid tactic.  Having an affair?  Exploitable.  Skimming money off a contract?  Exploitable.  Doing anything illegal?  Exploitable. We find this information out because we read your emails and listen to your phone calls.  If you communicate it electronically, […]

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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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Intelligence Made Easy…

Intelligence Made Easy…

Here’s the bottom line up front… I’m going to spend a couple hours each month sitting down with you, and I’m going to show you how easy it is to incorporate Intelligence skills into your preparedness plan to make you more secure. I think some folks tend to get scared […]

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Scorched Earth Policy in Emerging Conflicts

Scorched Earth Policy in Emerging Conflicts

In the last week or two, I posted a link about the most recent terror attack in Chechnya (still part of the Russian Federation).  Both Chechen and Russian leadership are concerned about the hundreds of Chechen fighters who are now returning to Russia after having fought with ISIS.  (This article […]

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