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Jeff “Skunk” Baxter on the Revolution in Intelligence

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter on the Revolution in Intelligence

Steely Dan is my all-time favorite band.  Alive in America is one of the best live albums in the history of music.  So what does that have to do with Intelligence? Well, I had absolutely no idea that a founding member of the band is now a defense analyst in […]

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Chief of Staff: US Army at 33% Readiness

Chief of Staff: US Army at 33% Readiness

In case you didn’t hear it in the mainstream media, the Army Chief of Staff last week said that the U.S. Army is at 33 percent readiness. Full story at Forward Observer.  Thank you for sharing and getting this message out to Americans who need to understand what’s going on. […]

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Crowdsourcing Intelligence: Our OSINT Project

Crowdsourcing Intelligence: Our OSINT Project

(Admin note: This is by far one of the most positive developments to come out of my time in the Patriot/Prepper community.  Please ensure widest dissemination.) One of the features we’re working on for the new Forward Observer website is “crowdsourced” Intelligence collection and analysis.  Crowdsourcing is a model available […]

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EXSUM Redux

EXSUM Redux

It’s been a long while since I last posted an Executive Intelligence Summary; something we refer to as the EXSUM.  They’re going to resume. First, a bit of background.  My second deployment began as a typical Intelligence analyst’s job, where Sergeant Culper worked at a desk for twelve or more […]

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Analysis of the Unconscious: Information versus Intelligence

Analysis of the Unconscious: Information versus Intelligence

University of Virginia psychology professor Tim Wilson estimates that the human brain is capable of receiving 11 million bits of information per second, which puts our brain’s abilities on the level of NSA, at least as far as collection is concerned.  Where our brain falls laughably short is our conscious awareness. […]

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Intelligence Preparation of the Community

We just finished with the first ever iteration of Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC) as a two-day course.  Going forward, IPC is going to be the basic course because it was so helpful for this last group. I have some open training dates this summer and fall, and you […]

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Clearing Up Some OPSEC Confusion

Clearing Up Some OPSEC Confusion

“OPSEC” is one of those buzzwords that gets tossed around frequently, and whenever I read any article in opposition to practicing OPSEC, I just have to wonder if they really understand what it is. To many of the misinformed and uneducated, Operations Security (OPSEC) is a ridiculous concept because, as […]

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An Intelligence Mission You Can Start Today

An Intelligence Mission You Can Start Today

On this week’s episode of the Forward Observer Podcast (tune in below), I talked about the concept that “every patriot is a sensor.”  That maxim comes from the Army, where every soldier is a sensor.  Whether you’re on patrol, on guard duty, talking to detainees, or just being on base, […]

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OPSEC Webinar – Open Enrollment – Wed, 25 MAR

OPSEC Webinar – Open Enrollment – Wed, 25 MAR

After the last webinar, a few folks emailed me about having covered too much information in too little a time.  There’s some merit to the complaint, because I breezed through about four hours of lecture in less than two hours.  The last webinar, from start to finish, was over an […]

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Forthcoming Intelligence Book, Untitled – Feedback Requested

Forthcoming Intelligence Book, Untitled – Feedback Requested

I’ve finished a draft outline and the first chapter of my new book on Intelligence Preparation of the Community (IPC).  Consider this the textbook/field manual to accompany security planning for your home/homestead and community.  I’m going to describe in detail the types of Intelligence information you’ll need to collect.  It’s […]

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