In the interest of spreading useful information regarding tactics/training I wanted to relay this conversation I had with some folks from the tactical community a while back. I was asked several pointed questions which I do my best to answer below:
Of all the various training disciplines available, which one should be top of the training list right now in light of world events? Rifle training? Land Navigation? Communications? Patrolling, etc...
Well, there are definitely some sacred cows on that list. It of course kind of depends on where you are as an individual with regard to the various skillsets, but lets assume you are a competent shooter with some basic fieldcraft under your belt....I would put information gathering on top. You could also label it Intel/Comms if you wanted. Why?
1. Intelligence drives the fight. Without it, you are just a bunch of armed guys in the woods.
2. Everyone can do it. Your 75 year old aunt can do it, your kid can do it. Not everyone …
Can you actually protect yourself from online thieves, government snoops and malicious software? What is the "Darkweb" and is there any legitimate use for such a thing? What is Bitcoin and why should I concern myself with it? How is the Internet Of Things dangerous to me? Can the government read my emails and messages? Can they break my encryption?
These are all common questions coming from the public on a more and more frequent basis and they are just a few of the questions that we answer in the GroundRod training series. The courses are designed for the layman and the professional alike and are hands on. You don't just listen to a lecture, you implement the subject matter in real time during class. We cover the spectrum from system hardening and secure communication to human tradecraft and escape & evasion skills. You leave class with a broader understanding of the threats and a real set of tools with which to protect yourself, your family and your business.
So I know the question is out there....why is this website supposedly devoted to the study of warfare always talking about computer security and cryptocurrency? Shouldn't I just be posting articles about "improving your shot group" or the latest in "tactical accoutrements"? It essentially boils down to this:
1. As anyone who has attended my courses knows, I believe in what I call "The Heinlein Doctrine" (or the Competent Man principal). In essence, a warrior (or just a human being for that matter) must be good at everything...not just shooting, or grappling, or navigating.
2. Right now, technology is at the forefront of not just battle, but our everyday lives....like it or not.
3. Many believe that war lies in the not too far future of the western world. I believe that this war has already begun. Perhaps not the shooting part, but the IPB (Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace) has begun in earnest in the technical space. We ignore this aspect…