C.A.T.I. Armor Review

(This review first appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Forward Observer Magazine.)

When I think of body armor, I think of bullet stoppers (hopefully). I still remember being a young soldier receiving

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Tactics for Non-Generational Warfare: A Thinking Man’s Approach

I get asked quite often how tactics for Fourth Generation Warfare (“4GW”) differ from “traditional” tactics, and how to decide on which tactics apply in “4GW.” Most of the time

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COIN: Seven Lines of Effort for Prepper Security

One threat that many preppers are likely to face post-SHTF is that of the criminal insurgent, or groups of criminals, gangs, mobs, and looters.  This criminal threat will manifest for a few reasons

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FO Podcast Episode 008 – Appalachian Redoubt: “The Mountain Way”

On today’s podcast, we speak with some residents of the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina about being prepared and building community.

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The Four Pillars of Individual Proficiency, Part Four

It should be no surprise to anyone, anywhere, by now, that combat is a physically and emotionally draining experience. Fat, out-of-shape people don’t do well in combat. Skinny, malnourished, half-dead

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The ACE’s Role in Communications Monitoring

On Tuesday, we had “Sparks” (Signal Corps Blog) on the FO Podcast.  Sparks took us through the steps of monitoring local

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FO Podcast Episode 007 – Sparks on Communications Monitoring

On this episode of Forward Observer Podcast, we speak with “Sparks” of the Signal Corps Blog (otherwise known as Sparks 31). 

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Building Tribe: Kith, Kin, and Sacrifice

Tribes, and the bands that make up those tribes are—historically and prehistorically—composed of a physical and spiritual extension of the family. In European cultures this is referred to with some

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What Can We Learn from Afghanistan’s Intelligence Problems?

This essay is based on a 2010 publication entitled, Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.

“The graveyard of empires,” my section sergeant said, upon

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