Judging Single Source Intelligence Information


Single source intelligence information is a double-edged sword.  Sometimes a potential source of information is so well-placed that there’s no way to corroborate the information.  For instance

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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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Community Security Toolkit: SPACE Analysis


During my last tour in Afghanistan, Palantir was quickly becoming the sweetheart analysis software suite of the Army and Marine Corps.  Before I deployed, I sat through a class offered by the company

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FO Podcast Episode 025 – Criminal Intelligence Analysis & Community Security


In this week’s podcast, I recommend reading The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen, and talk about the FO subscriber survey results, as

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FO Podcast Episode 021 – Using Intelligence in Baltimore

On this week’s podcast, I talk about two Intelligence tasks I’d be doing if I lived in Baltimore or anywhere experiencing increases in crime.

Also included in this episode:

– Three keys

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Order of Battle, Part Three

(This article is Part Three in a series.  Here’s Part One and Part Two.)

As we bring this Order of Battle (OB) series to a close, it’s important to stress a few things.  Number one, this

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Order of Battle, Part Two

In the previous article, we discussed an introduction to Order of Battle (OB).  Today we’ll

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Order of Battle: Core Task of the Intel Analyst, Part One

What is Order of Battle?

A very traditional task of the Intelligence Analyst is building and maintaining the Order of Battle (OB) for adversary, neutral, and friendly forces in the given Area of Responsibility. 

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FO Podcast Episode 011 – Core Intelligence Tasks of the ACE

On today’s podcast, we speak with Anthony from Buffalo Arms Trading, a company from California that’s sponsoring our January FO Podcast Giveaway.

We also talk about some core tasks of the

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