There could shortly come a time when a mundane task such as driving into town to pick up a family member could become a seriously dangerous activity. Some of us are used to this concept as we performed it routinely overseas as part of a military unit or a clandestine services unit.
The military unit will for the most part roll out in a heavy or overt-profile; meaning part of the psychological strategy is visibly projecting force....the "you don't want none of this" approach. This approach may work depending on the METT-TC or environmental/situational reality. As many a soldier has learned, in a warzone, this can make you a rather juicy target. This could also be applied to a domestic "grid-down/WROL/SHTF" scenario. The clandestine operator will generally follow a policy of low-profile (or no-profile), meaning they seek to blend into the local environment as neatly as possible. This is for a couple of reasons, most of which should be obvious but lets examine a few.
|Decidedly overt ODA gun truck|
1. Unlike a military unit with air assets and support forces, the ClanOps generally have very limited, if any support (usually limited to other members of their homogeneous unit).
2. It is usually imperative to the successful outcome of their operation that they draw little if any attention to themselves.
3. A military vehicle patrol/convoy/truck team can have anywhere from 12 men to company strength, while the ClanOps will generally have 2 to 5 men.
4. Military units will move in armored vehicles whenever possible (almost exclusively anymore), while a low-profile armored vehicle may not be available for the ClanOps or fit within the mission parameters.
Where am I going with all this?
The ClanOps model is a logical model for the aforementioned SHTF scenarios we may face domestically. Most of us are going to be limited in manpower to our family/friends or neighborhood defense team members. We want to avoid drawing attention and avoid getting into pitched battles as much as possible. Where as before we could simply jump in the car and head into town for groceries, in this scenario we will need to start each movement with a plan and movement brief.
Your planning area should include large and small scale maps of your AO (area of operations) and extra maps for extended movements out of area. Ideally your maps would have overlays that indicate the following:
1. Heavy traffic areas
2. Dead ends and choke points (avoidance of likely ambush points)
3. Government/Military facilities
4. Traffic cameras
5. Medical facilities (hospitals, pharmacies, veterinary clinics)
6. Fuel points (public, government, commercial)
7. Resupply areas (stores, caches)
8. Known trouble areas (to be updated daily)
9. Lay-up points / safe-houses
It should also include a radio scanner tuned to all local emergency frequencies, base station units for your particular radio system, cell phones, computers with area webcam feeds/traffic cams and any other comms items you deem necessary.
As part of your pre-movement brief you would draw your primary route, as well as secondary and tertiary routes. You would also label your phase lines or check points as well as your timelines for departure/arrival/return. This gives your backup team/QRF a better idea of where to find you if lines of communication break down.
In the follow-on articles we will discuss:
- Equipping the vehicles
- Maintenance tasks
- Emergency action plans
- Personal gear/weapons configurations for low-profile
- Quick Reaction Force duties
|Configuring locally sourced vehicles to meet the mission|