A Primer on Tactical Intelligence Collection


Tornadoes, flooding, and wildfires are just three examples of localized and very personal emergency events that we saw last year, and they illustrate the devastation by an event for which there is immediate

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SHTF Intelligence: Getting Started (Part One)


This is the first article in a series about using intelligence for preparedness.  I’m starting from square zero in order to introduce a new crop of Americans to the concept of using intelligence

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Introduction to Counterintelligence


Today we live in perilous times.  If you are foolish enough to take any mainstream media at face value one hundred percent, you are at an extreme disadvantage when it comes to the truth. Journalism

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Rapport Building 101: Rules for Earning Trust and Cooperation

Merriam’s Dictionary says rapport is a “relation characterized by harmony, conformity, accord, or affinity.”  I can’t even begin to describe the importance that this ability to build

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Secret Agents & Voluntary Informers – 1940 Small Wars Manual


The ability to collect Human Intelligence (HUMINT) information is greatly needed in any kind of conflict; especially in the low intensity conflicts like the ones we’re

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Source Recruitment Cycle

Source recruiting takes a lot of planning and expertise.  We know this because it can be dangerous work and because recruitment still fails.  Just like with every other topic I write about

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Of MICE and Men & Building Tribe

A topic that is often brought up in discussions of building tribe and establishing a local community support network, is “how do I convince people they need to be preparing?” The key of course

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Source Operations: MICE/RC

On the first Forward Observer Podcast, we talked very briefly about some MICE/RC factors.  MICE/RC comes into play when we

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Forward Observer Podcast Episode #001 – Source Recruitment & Operations Security

Welcome to the very first FO Podcast.   It’s been a long time coming!  Thank you for listening in, we appreciate your support, and we hope to provide you with interesting and informative content

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