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Community Security Checklist

Community Security Checklist

A friend suggested that I write an article about the things I’d do to prepare my community.  All talk of “action” aside, there are a handful of tasks that each of us should be doing in order to prepare to protect our communities and ourselves.  I’ve prepared a JPEG (download […]

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Countermeasure: Information Is About Control

Countermeasure: Information Is About Control

This is a very good article about Oakland, California’s Domain Awareness Center (DAC).  In classes we often talk about Information Dominance; we try to get the edge on our adversaries, and our adversaries on us.  Information Dominance means owning the information domain, and is much easier to gain with multimillion […]

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Syria: Beseiged Areas

Syria: Beseiged Areas

I haven’t kept up to date with Syria.  So many places, so little time.  But I did come across this website, and it shows some excellent examples of how we delineate Areas of Operation (AO), Operation Boxes (OpBox), or as this map shows, besieged areas or occupied/held territory. (Read the […]

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Rural Defense Units and What Popular Opinion Tells Us

Rural Defense Units and What Popular Opinion Tells Us

I keep reading about these ‘Rural Defense Units’ in Mexico, which are forming to protect their communities from drug cartels.  Last month, the Mexican Government passed a law authorizing the Rural Defense Units, essentially the unorganized militia numbering up to 20,000 strong, to participate alongside federal forces in rooting out […]

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First Look: NSA Role In US Assassination Program

First Look: NSA Role In US Assassination Program

* UPDATE: As of 0956, I started getting 503 errors on First Look / The Intercept.  My bet is on a DoS. * Pierre Omidyar (billionaire of eBay fame) and Glenn Greenwald (former Guardian journalist who aided the Snowden Op) launched a news media venture called First Look.  And what […]

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Automated OSINT

Automated OSINT

In the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) portion of a course a couple weeks ago, a student told me about a website called If This, Then That (IFTTT).  I signed up for an account, and I’d encourage y’all to do the same. The first thing I did was create an email […]

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The Dispatch

The Dispatch

Here are several articles that I found interesting over the past couple weeks, along with commentary.  This will be typical news faire for Forward Observer Dispatch but with more analysis and links, and updated throughout the week.  If this information interests you, then please consider signing up with us.  If […]

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Blue Yellow Freedom

Blue Yellow Freedom

I’ve updated the training page to reflect a course in the Houston area for 01-02 March.  I may be able to hold one more course in the Tampa, FL area. Please get in touch with me if you’re interested. Here’s an interesting map of Ukraine that shows areas currently ‘held’ […]

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“Validated Learning” & Intelligence

“Validated Learning” & Intelligence

I’ve been reading a great book about startups in which the author talks about validated learning.  (As an aside, each of your intelligence preparations should be treated as a startup company.  Instead of input costs you have study time, and instead of revenue you have information.  Is your study time […]

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Soup: Assorted Notes on Chapter Three, Part One

Soup: Assorted Notes on Chapter Three, Part One

First of all, Fleming comes on BBC America.  It’s a great show.  Just started, so catch it on Wednesday nights (caught the re-run of Episode One), or anytime at the website.  I’ve always been mesmerized by Bond flicks, so if you’re a fellow fan, Fleming certainly won’t let you down.  […]

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