Gathering OSINT

A great opportunity for preparedness is the ability to gather and analyze information, so that you can make informed decisions based upon that information.  In the military realm, that’s called gathering intelligence.  When the information is gathered from information freely available, it’s called “Open Source” intelligence or “OSINT”. In the beginning, OSINT wasn’t considered asContinue reading “Gathering OSINT”

Protest Season – Again

As the weather warms up, protest season is on us once more. We can expect more frequent protests, and potentially even worse ones than last year. In this article, we’re going to cover some lessons learned, discuss some events from this weekend, and talk about how to prepare for protests. First, we need to understandContinue reading “Protest Season – Again”

Skill – Overnight Positions

In the world of preparedness, we gather camping gear, and prepare for “bugging out” with all our cool-guy gear, food, and supplies, but have we considered that camping in a Without Rule of Law situation will be DANGEROUS?  Security will become crucial. Military forces the world over have been camping in dangerous situations for thousandsContinue reading “Skill – Overnight Positions”

Are We Already in a Collapse?

Boy, has it been a rough ten days, or what? We’ve had two mass shootings, a murder on video in Washington DC, and several violent protests.  We’re going to discuss what that means for us, as people into preparedness, and what we can do to further prepare for the situation we are in. First, we,Continue reading “Are We Already in a Collapse?”

Medicinal Preparation

I’ve already repeatedly explained the need for first aid training and gear, but the yesterday, I had a discussion about the need to prepare as far as medications. It’s an area that is often overlooked. It’s such an issue, that I’ve included the topic in the first volume of the Tactical Wisdom Training Manual Series,Continue reading “Medicinal Preparation”

Active Shooter Response

In light of the events of the last week, I felt compelled to talk about Active Shooter Response.  Ironically, I teach in-person classes for groups & businesses on this, and yet have never written about it.  Well, let’s do that now. The  first and biggest step you can do to prepare yourself for an activeContinue reading “Active Shooter Response”

More Communications Issues

As we head further into what appears to be a decline, communications will be even more vital.  We have become so reliant on our modern ability to immediately communicate with everyone else instantaneously, that the loss of that ability could be devastating. A few issues have come up since my last article on Communications, soContinue reading “More Communications Issues”

Personal Security in the Digital Age

Cell phones and the internet were supposed to make our lives easier, less complicated, and more efficient.  It was supposed to usher in an era where our effectiveness was going to give us more free time and less stress. Do you feel like that’s what happened? With the prevalence of cell phones, “free” search services,Continue reading “Personal Security in the Digital Age”

Why We Prepare

What is the reason that we prepare?  What is our ultimate justification for what we’re doing? If you watch “Doomsday Preppers” or some other show on TV, the answer would seem to be that it’s because we’re crazy.  They selected people and edited the clips to make them look crazy, which led to years ofContinue reading “Why We Prepare”

What’s Really Happening?

If you’ve read this blog long enough, you will know that I’m a big proponent of reading indicators. For those into preparedness, you need to be paying attention, regardless of which side of the political aisle you are on. The rhetoric and actions being taken are increasing the risk of domestic conflict within the UnitedContinue reading “What’s Really Happening?”

Skill – Route Planning

I originally wrote this for Survival Blog, and the skills are critical in analyzing your routes and options for getting away from your immediate area in a Without Rule of Law situation. But first, let’s see what the Ultimate Tactical Handbook has to say about this: Give careful thought to the paths for your feetContinue reading “Skill – Route Planning”

A Preparedness Story – Gathering Information

You can a learn a lot by reading.  If you’re into preparedness, I’m sure you have a stack of books with practical skills in it, I know I do. I read the entire Gray Man series by Mark Greaney (www.markgreaneybooks.com if you’re interested), and a few other good pieces of fiction, like Mongol Moon byContinue reading “A Preparedness Story – Gathering Information”

News – Book Series

We spend a lot of time discussing how we can prepare to survive some type of a Without Rule of Law or SHTF situation.  We watch livestreams, read blogs, and buy all kinds of products. If we face the cold, hard truth, we have to realize that at the time we need it the most,Continue reading “News – Book Series”

Book Review: The 12 Gauge Shotgun – A Beginners Manual for Home Protection

When I received an e-mail from Charles Marais in South Africa, asking me to take a look at his book on using the shotgun for home defense, I was very excited.  The perspective offered is vital, due to the political climate there, which is like a glimpse into our own future. For context, the environmentContinue reading “Book Review: The 12 Gauge Shotgun – A Beginners Manual for Home Protection”

Functional Testing

We all have our plans and our preps, but when was the last time you conducted a functional test, with all of your gear?  Getting out and doing a functional test, like a I describe below, allows you to adjust things before there is a true emergency and it’s good training. Here’s what the UltimateContinue reading “Functional Testing”

If the Government is Planning on War – Shouldn’t You?

The President, the Speaker of the House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI have all made announcements this last week about a “War on Domestic Terror” and the threat of “Domestic Violent Extremists” and “Homegrown Violent Extremists”.   Politicians are giving speeches about “all-out war”, “declaring war”, “seditionists”, and “re-education camps”. There areContinue reading “If the Government is Planning on War – Shouldn’t You?”

Dealing with Rumors

The information age was supposed to make our lives better.  It was supposed to enable us to make faster decisions based upon the solid, factual information that was available at our fingertips at a moments notice. Are you getting the feeling that the free and rapid flow of information is making your life easier?  MoreContinue reading “Dealing with Rumors”

Legal Preparedness 1

I’ve mentioned before that knowing your state’s self-defense and citizen’s arrest laws can help, and I meant it.  I don’t think we’re all intending to run out and start arresting people, but you need to know what authority you have if someone assaults you or steals your property, or attacks a third party. Recent statementsContinue reading “Legal Preparedness 1”

Ideals

Why do we prepare?  Why do we spend so much time studying, training, and learning about preparedness? Because when a calamity happens, we want to be able to rely on OURSELVES, not anyone else.  Because we believe in the American Ideal of self-reliance.  Because we believe in not just giving up and waiting for someoneContinue reading “Ideals”

Last Minute Reminders

We are being inundated with rumors of impending power outages and/or internet & cellphone outages, there are literally troops on the street in every state capitol, and everyone is talking about potential unrest over the next 5 days. The odds are, none of it will happen at all.   But…a quick check of the UltimateContinue reading “Last Minute Reminders”

Skill – Reporting Formats & Verification

One of the biggest issues I’ve faced since this slow-moving collapse started last spring is verifying all the information coming in. At the very beginning, we heard reports from all over of checkpoints at state lines, roadblocks for “COVID” checks, ID checkpoints, etc.  Nearly all of it turned out to be rumors and none ofContinue reading “Skill – Reporting Formats & Verification”

First Aid Kits – AGAIN

Events of the last seven days have weighed on my heart and I feel the need to talk to you all again about first aid kits and what you need to have with you at all times. As I watched the incident at the Capitol unfold, I was shocked that NO ONE, not even theContinue reading “First Aid Kits – AGAIN”

Gray Man Vs. Camouflage

In a Without Rule of Law (WROL) situation, should I try and remain a gray man, wearing normal street clothes, or should I fully kit up and wear full gear and camouflage? The answer is….That depends. If I have to egress an urban area on foot, and I am trying to slide out of theContinue reading “Gray Man Vs. Camouflage”

Skill – Entry Control Point/Traffic Control Point

In a Without Rule of Law (WROL) situation, many people will be forced from their homes by fires, riots, looters, and whatever other disasters caused the WROL situation.  One of the most over-looked skill sets for dealing with this is setting up and manning an Entry Control Point or Traffic Control Point. When Nehemiah wasContinue reading “Skill – Entry Control Point/Traffic Control Point”

Validation – Nashville

Yesterday morning, Christmas Day, a bomb went off in an RV parked in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  Next to nothing is currently known about the attack. A potential suspect has been developed, but the stated facts don’t make much sense at this time.   The purpose of this article, however, is to discuss the fact thatContinue reading “Validation – Nashville”

Lessons Learned – Salem Today

I will be discussing what happened at a right-wing protest in Oregon today, but I’m not advocating a position.  I’m simply pointing out some facts that we, as prepared people who care about our civil liberties and rights, should be aware of. The quote above, from God’s Ultimate Tactical Handbook, should be your guide. Today,Continue reading “Lessons Learned – Salem Today”

Facing Reality – Revisited

Earlier today, I had a conversation with a fellow member of the preparedness community who said that everyone thinking that a total societal collapse could happen here in the US was crazy.   I presented my evidence, he presented his, and he still thinks “it can’t happen here”.  That led me to ponder how manyContinue reading “Facing Reality – Revisited”

Cold Firearms Combatives

At 2:30 AM on 9/23/2020, the Fargo, North Dakota police received a 911 call regarding a burglary in progress. A woman reported that they heard glass breaking, and a man entered their window. Her husband had armed himself with a shotgun and went to confront the attacker. Upon their arrival, the police found the burglarContinue reading “Cold Firearms Combatives”

Skill – Fighting Positions

In all of our preparations, preparing an actual fighting position is often overlooked. Many people feel like “I’m not planning on fighting anyone, so why learn it” or “if bad people come, we’ll just go hide”…First, you may not get to make these decisions in a Without Rule of Law situation. Second, a well-made fightingContinue reading “Skill – Fighting Positions”

More Indications & Warnings

As we approach this weekend, there are a few news stories that the media hasn’t shared that I want to update you all on, as well as the plans of several groups that will end in violence this weekend, most likely in Washington DC. Here’s a bit of advice on paying attention to Indicators fromContinue reading “More Indications & Warnings”

Skill – Patrolling

Another area which a lot of preparedness groups overlook is patrolling.  They apparently believe that a fence or some fields will give them advance notice ahead of time of any threats. The purpose of patrolling is to get out and see what is happening in the areas around your position. One can defend from insideContinue reading “Skill – Patrolling”

Skill – Observation Post

I frequently mention that skills are far more important than gear, and that all the Uber-tactical cool-guy gear in the world can’t help you if you don’t know how to use it.  In keeping with that, I am launching a series on some practical skills for people and groups into preparedness. Whenever preparedness groups orContinue reading “Skill – Observation Post”

Outdoor Skills

Recently, a friend asked me to recommend a book on outdoor skills and survival.  I quickly gave him the names of a couple on my bookshelf, and he replied with a few more he’d found. This led me to think about the state of affairs in our country and the average citizen’s ability to liveContinue reading “Outdoor Skills”

Battle Tracking

Battle Tracking is creating a visual display, usually a map, tracking all friendly and enemy actions on the the battlefield so that you have a better view of what’s happening and can then make informed decisions about what course of action to pursue.  In the US Military it’s called a “SITMAP” or situation map, soContinue reading “Battle Tracking”

Redundant Communications

As I sit in an undisclosed location, doing what I do, several members of the team began to report issues with data.  Texting, secure messaging, video streaming, and general internet was slow or stopped, due to the sheer number of people using the services in the immediate area. In this area, today, that’s a life-or-deathContinue reading “Redundant Communications”

The EDC Bag

Everyone, especially in these tense and violent times, should carry some essentials everywhere they go, to enable them to be a little more prepared than if they had nothing with them.  We’re not discussing a full get-home bag, or a bug-out bag, this is a small, simple bag that carries some very basic items toContinue reading “The EDC Bag”

The Danger of a Color Revolution

Let’s talk about Color Revolutions.  A Color Revolution is the name given to various movements throughout Europe and the Middle East.  A Color Revolution most often involves a disputed election, followed by mass street protests, which ended in the government being overthrown or resigning. What is common among them is serious provocation of government forcesContinue reading “The Danger of a Color Revolution”

Book Review – Prairie Fire

Prairie Fire is a training and readiness manual focusing on people in rural areas.  It’s written by USMC and US Army Special Forces Veteran Clay Martin.  This is a companion book to his earlier “Concrete Jungle”, which focused on Urban Preparedness. Let me start off, once again, by saying that I bought these books myself,Continue reading “Book Review – Prairie Fire”

Observing Your Surroundings

In our digital, social media age, it’s easy to quickly get all your information from social media.  It’s also incredibly easy to believe things that aren’t true by getting all your information from social media. Normalcy bias also comes into play.  We tend to look online for stories that confirm our worldview and ignore thoseContinue reading “Observing Your Surroundings”

Observing Indicators

In our current situation, you have to gather your own information and learn to evaluate it.  As we’ve seen, media sources are not reliable, no matter which side they favor. Frequently getting out and checking indicators is great way to stay situationally aware, as well as just paying attention and gathering information in your dailyContinue reading “Observing Indicators”

Elijah – Prepper and Secret Agent

There is a lot of preparedness and tactical knowledge in the Bible, and that’s where the motivation for this blog comes from.  Hidden inside the Bible are a lot of great adventure stories that rival the Lord of the Rings, but you have you to know where to find them. The story of Elijah isContinue reading “Elijah – Prepper and Secret Agent”

Book Review – Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle – A Green Beret’s Guide to Urban Survival is written by former Green Beret Clay Martin.  I usually give things written by Green Berets the proper respect by tossing them on the bookcase without ever reading them, but since Clay was a Marine Scout Sniper before he lost his mind, I decided toContinue reading “Book Review – Concrete Jungle”

2 Week Warning

As we approach the 2 week line, it’s vital that you take a few minutes to ensure that you are prepared for the chaos that this election is going to bring. No, I’m not saying “may bring” or “might bring”.  If you are of the belief that the election is going to resolve the stateContinue reading “2 Week Warning”

Being A Warrior

In the tactical community, many people talk about being a warrior, or having a warrior mindset, but do they really understand what that means? A lot of people in the preparedness community calls themselves warriors as well, but it’s not really required to be a warrior and that’s OK. Here, we’re going to give aContinue reading “Being A Warrior”

How Not To End Up On The News

I’m not going to defend these geniuses (because you can’t) and their crazy, I’ve-seen-one-too-many-action-films plan to attempt to kidnap the Michigan Governor, but there are some pieces of tactical wisdom that this tale brings out, along with some truths from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook. First, let me say that I don’t advocate or condone anyContinue reading “How Not To End Up On The News”

Communications Preparedness

Recently, there was a social media discussion about radios and being prepared.  I frequently talk about this topic, and while most people talk about what gear your need, you all know I’m more about the practical skills aspect. Let me say it again: SKILLS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN GEAR. Just as it does me noContinue reading “Communications Preparedness”

The NFAC….Again

The illustrious NFAC made an appearance in Lafayette Parrish, Louisiana this weekend, and there were the usual hilarious photos of the knuckleheads with ridiculous magazines, WalMart optics, and airsoft vests. Several people came out on the internet right away, dismissing them once again as clowns and dismissing GrandMaster Jay as a fraud trying to glorifyContinue reading “The NFAC….Again”

Tactics – David in the Desert of Ziph

Modern tactics are really nothing more than the same tactics used for thousands of years, just re-written to sound more high tech.  It was once said that it was the longbow, and not the infantryman that became obsolete, and the horse, not the cavalryman.  That is very true. However, the same combat engineer and securityContinue reading “Tactics – David in the Desert of Ziph”

Self-Defense Climate Change

Have you had enough of 2020 yet?  Honestly, if October 1st rolls around and either aliens land from space or the reptilian under-lords emerge from underground, I won’t even shrug.   I can however, report that 2020 has proven that climate change is REAL.  No, not that climate.  The self-defense climate has completely changed, andContinue reading “Self-Defense Climate Change”