All over the III/Rightful Liberty Blogs there has been a lot of talk of training. There are many areas of training that are important, but one has been a hot topic recently: Intelligence. “But I have a rifle, lots of food and 20 friends, so I am fine.” Right, and who are you and 20 friends going to defend yourselves from? Where will you focus your energy? What threats exist next-door? Down the street? Across town? In your state capital? Learning to gather and analyze information into accurate intelligence right now is a sure way to improve your ability in aiding your family, group and community.
Intelligence is not a buzz word. Intelligence is not a fad. Intelligence drives the fight regardless of whether that fight is in a SHTF/WROL situation, the next city council meeting or the next riot in your town. By learning the methods of intelligence gathering and analysis you give yourself a leg up on trends, threats and indicators in your area. You will find who the bad guys are and where they operate. You will identify politicians and public officials who are a threat or might aid you in desperate times. You identify the natural hazards, the bad neighborhoods, the routes, the power supply, and so many other things too numerous to name. You find it all and will learn what it means.
Sources are out there for learning the methods of performing IPC for your area, or setting up an ACE team for your group. Here is a booklet I put together with writings from Samuel Culper over at guerrillamerica.com. Head over to Forward Observer Magazine and get into the FO University and take the IPC class right now. My booklet is great, and it is all freely available on the net, but listening to Sam teach and having him answer your questions is worth twice what he charges.
To help you get some more experience we are putting together an ACE for the upcoming Memorial Day Bikefest in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. You can help in person or online through Unseen.