FO Podcast Episode 009 – Operation Urban Charger & John Jacob Schmidt – Forward Observer Shop

FO Podcast Episode 009 – Operation Urban Charger & John Jacob Schmidt

In this week’s podcast, we speak with John Jacob Schmidt (Radio Free Redoubt & AmRRON) about Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) collection to improve situational awareness and security.




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John Jacob Schmidt:

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Mike Shelby is a former military intelligence NCO and contract intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.


  1. Do you have an RSS feed available? I don’t have/use iTunes and would really like a way to get the podcast as soon as it comes out via my podcast software.

  2. I used to build military/first responder radios and associated equipment at Harris RF Communications; we sold many trunked “P25” systems to municipalities all over the US- and many of these were encrypted! Not necessarily the hi-end .mil version of encryption, but well beyond any civilian scanner’s capabilities. It was obvious if patriot groups were relying on scanner traffic for real SIGINT, you were screwed. Also, just as I was leaving they were working on a hand-held product meant for individual soldiers to be able to precisely locate any nearby RF activity and save the location or somehow record the data and forward etc. Old fashioned wired comms might actually be safer though there goes your mobility! The toys the monied Govt types have put us at quite a disadvantage to say the least. Soon even keying a walkie-talkie will get a thermal-imaging drone taking your picture and sending your position info with you maybe totally unaware.

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