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Major Changes on the Way

I hope you’ve been enjoying my daily thoughts about intelligence, security, and defense. It’s my sincere hope that they’ve been informative and helpful.

On Thursday, I’m adding a brand new service to the Forward Observer lineup. I’ve talked about it a few times and have already received some great feedback. (If you already know what I’m talking about and you’re ready, then you can get access at the link at the bottom of this email.)

If you don’t know what it is, please keep reading.

Like you, I believe there’s a high likelihood that the U.S. goes through a very turbulent period, perhaps within just a few short years.

When I started teaching intelligence skills to concerned citizens, it wasn’t because I thought it would help us to prevent a turbulent period, but because it would help us navigate one.

My goal — my aim with this project — is to create 1,000 collectors and analysts in the next 12 months. That’s 1,000 intelligence officers who can jump into the community security or disaster preparedness mission and make an immediate impact. 1,000 intelligence officers who can serve their community and neighbors should the worst happen. 1,000 intelligence officers who can direct efforts to gather and analyze information, and provide decision-makers the intelligence they need to make well-informed and time-sensitive decisions.

It doesn’t matter if we’re preparing for the next hurricane, a cyber attack, or any number of potential events that can cause large scale systems disruption: intelligence reduces uncertainty about the future. We need real-time intelligence to make real-time decisions about the safety and security of our families and neighborhoods. And intelligence doesn’t produce itself. During the next disaster, no one is going to just give us what we need; we have to make it ourselves.

Starting on Thursday, I’ll be adding videos and webinar-style lectures to a new training area we’re setting up on the website. I’ll be teaching the skills, concepts, and information required to create informed, competent, and capable intelligence officers. And I’ll also invite some other intelligence and special operations veterans to teach the skills that I can’t.

Here are some videos and lectures I’m preparing now:

  • How to write an intelligence summary
  • How to set up a map board
  • How to set up and run a police scanner
  • How to battle track riots, disasters, and other extreme scenarios
  • How to automate local intelligence collection
  • How to build an area study
  • How to run an ACE
  • How to set up and run a Neighborhood Watch

And when I get done with these, I’m just going to keep preparing new practical lessons each month that you can put into practice immediately. That way, during the next disaster, you’ll be able to contribute to your family’s security and provide your neighborhood watch, preparedness group, or community security team with vital intelligence about future risks.

This approach to creating intelligence officers is going to pay huge dividends for the next disaster, whether it’s natural or man-made. The chance of another disaster is 100%, so if picking up a few skills can help secure your community, make your family a little bit safer, or potentially have greater benefits, then I’m happy to teach this stuff if you’re happy to learn.

And for the next 24 hours, I’m offering some Early Bird discounts.

If you want access to top notch community security and intelligence training, you can subscribe here.

If you want access to this training PLUS our three intelligence reports each week, you can subscribe here.

I’m so very excited about this new project and the possibility of making a lasting impact on the Patriot and Preparedness communities.

Always Out Front,
Samuel Culper

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. You had me when you initially broached the subject a few podcasts ago.
    Very much looking forward to the details, and the lessons.

  2. Is this just another subscription level, or is it more of a group/club type thing?
    Will we still be just subscribers individually learning in our own, or will be some way for these intelligence officers to communicate and share information via the FO site?

    Is that 1000 just a personal goal or is it an attempt to build an actual civilian intelligence community/network.

    If it’s just more of the same on a higher level i’ll Probably pass on it, but if it’s an opportunity to learn more and network with others I’d be much more interested

    1. This is part of our strategy to build regional ACEs and an information sharing network. Plus we’ll be able to support real world missions (humanitarian aid and disaster recovery) which I’ll describe soon.

      1. I’m definitely interesting in hearing more about the proposals for a network and cooperation

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