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“I’m Not Sure About the IPB Thing”

Population Density IVO Ferguson

A week or two ago, CA at WRSA posted a reader’s questions about Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB), and there were plenty of good answers to his question.  I want to ensure that Dan gets thorough answers to all his questions, because IPB is likely the best use of […]

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“We Weren’t S2 People”: Tactical Intelligence for the Fight

“We Weren’t S2 People”: Tactical Intelligence for the Fight

Travis Haley is a renowned tactical trainer, high risk security operator, and former Force Reconnaissance Marine.  In this video, he talks about his time during the Battle of An-Najaf, Iraq in 2004. The money quote from this video is, “We weren’t S2 people.”  He describes the dire situation during the […]

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How Hezbollah Caught an Israeli Spy

How Hezbollah Caught an Israeli Spy

A recent New York Times article confirms the second successful high-level infiltration and sabotage of a terrorist organization in the past few months. Although I can no longer find the article, there was a really good one a couple months back about Boko Haram having been infiltrated by the Nigerian […]

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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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Forward Observer Magazine Update – PLEASE READ

Forward Observer Magazine Update – PLEASE READ

Hey Gang – First, I’d like to thank everyone for their support of our project at Forward Observer Magazine.  We’ve been growing pretty steadily, and working through some growing pains.  We certainly appreciate your support. We’ve been growing at a pace that I can no longer keep up with.  Forward […]

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COMINT and A Note On Intelligence Exploitation

COMINT and A Note On Intelligence Exploitation

(Admin note: I’m writing a weekly column each Thursday over at Forward Observer in a blog called The ACE.  The latest is “Mowing the Grass”: Five Lessons We Can Learn About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  Be sure to check out our work over there.) The Grugq (Twitter / Blog — you […]

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