Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Becoming the Gray Man

Episode 133: Season 4 ep 9




Master Sergeant Bennet arrives in New Austin, TX. The team attempts to gather information on Erika and Vince's whereabouts and Dexter uses his gray man skills to sneak into the free zone. Dale and Lisa Goodwin, hosts of The Survivalist Prepper Podcast, join us today to discuss what becoming the gray man means both now and in a SHTF situation.

Listen to the Audio Podcast




Featured Quote:

"If I had the resources, I would round them all up. I bet most of them should be in a prison camp anyway."


















Gray Man Lessons from Dale and Lisa

The term "Gray Man" means that you are unremarkable and people don't take notice of you. You can blend in with the crowd and you won't be remembered as someone who stands out. In today's society homeless people often become the gray men. They are people in the background that are there but you don't remember seeing. Often grey men are the quiet types that don't create a big stir. They can move about without being noticed. It is completely against the grain of what most of us are taught. We are taught to stand out and make a good first impression. This is a big no, no, if you are trying to be the gray man.

In an SHTF situation, if you are prepared, you still need to look how everyone else does. If they are dirty you can't be too clean. If they are thinning you can wear baggy clothes to make it look as if you are thinning as well. If there is a food line, you need to be in it too, as long as it is safe. Your lack of appearance there may send up flags. Why aren't you in need of food like everyone else?

Dale reminds us to remember "prepper hate." Mentally people will begin to feel that it is not fair that you have food and no one else does, even though they had the same opportunity to prepare that you did. People will begin to justify why it's okay to take what you have. People watching their children or loved ones emaciate will come to the conclusion that it is better to die taking what you have then dying of starvation. People panic and start to form mobs. In a mob, people feel invincible and as the crowd grows brain power decreases. If you have put yourself on the radar as a potential target for the mod you may be in some serious trouble.

There are features about your appearance that will make you stand out. Some things you can't control like your height and weight and there are some things you can control like how loud your voice is. Pull your hood down and try not to make direct eye contact with people. Don't wear flashy or sexy clothes that make people notice you. In a group use your people wisely. If you want someone to be noticed, like in the food line, send in your big or small folks. If you don't want people to notice your group poking around send in your average build, gray men. 

Learn to lie. Sunglasses are a great tool to use to cover your eyes and prevent folks from noticing you may be lying. Personally, I am a horrible liar. Start practicing by roll playing with your group or playing lying games like liar's dice. Learn the tells of a liar like fidgeting. When you need to send out your best liars. 

Shut up and listen! Truly listen to what people are saying to understand them. Don't listen, thinking of what you are going to reply to them. Then you don't truly hear them at all. Try to shut your brain off and comprehend their words.

Situational awareness and operational security go hand in hand with being a gray man. You have to be aware of what is going on. Try not to develop patterns of activity.

There are certain activities that are going to give you away in a long term survival situation. The smell of food barbecuing is going to travel a long way. Loud animals or voices will travel a long way, especially female voices. In a world where light is scarce and lights at night will act as a beacon for survivors. Personal smell in the form of body odor (good or bad) or breath can be very memorable. Smell is an instinctual scent and the brain will associate it to an emotion very quickly. Emotion make events memorable. Try to neutralize your smell.

Act as a gray man when it comes to your prepping activities. Packages of gear or survival food showing up all the time send off red flags in people's brains. When they are in need they may remember your packages. Also garages that are full of survival goodies should never be left with the door open. You might as well put up a neon sign. Don't try to keep up with your neighbors with the flashiest car and toys on the street. You don't want people focusing on what you have. Don't display how many people are in your family with car stickers or what kind of awesome students they are at some fancy private school. Criminals take special note of these types of advertisements. Don't show all of your survival preparations to everyone that you invite to your home. Most people will be oblivious to your preps but if you boast about them it will make them very memorable. 

If you are in a long term survival situation and need to travel through an area being the gray man is essential. It can keep you in the background and out of harms way. Every time you move you need to be constantly assessing your environment and possible threats but you don't want people to notice you doing that. As soon as people start thinking, Why are they doing that? you have become memorable. Plan your route ahead of time and run possible scenarios in your mind. This preparation allows you to relax and develop a game plan for what you would do in each scenario. Try to stay to the back or edge of the crowd so you can constantly take account of the full range of activity. Keep your head up and pay attention to what is going on and why people are where they are.

Practice now so you won't have to learn when you need to use it for survival. The great thing about learning to be the gray man is there is no money involved. It is a frame of mind that needs to be developed. 



Dale and Lisa Goodwin

"In early 2013 Lisa and I decided to create SurvivalistPrepper.net and become a bigger part of the preparedness community, we are not the overboard tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorists, we are just like you, everyday Americans that enjoy the freedoms that this country offers.
Lisa is more of the prepper and I am more of the survivalist or outdoor type and we write articles ranging from first aid, to food storage to primitive and wilderness skills…basically anything that involves preparedness and survival." - Dale Goodwin

















 Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase



 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Audio Book Giveaway: Battle for the South

Happy Valentines Day!

It's time for another audio book giveaway. Battle for the South is now available in audio book format and I have a stack of free codes to giveaway! Want to win? There are five ways to do so: Join The Changing Earth Newsletter, Like my Facebook Page, Comment on The Facebook Post, Subscibe to The Changing Earth on Youtube, or Comment on the blog. Winners will be chosen 2/13/18 and announced on 2/14/18. Good Luck!

Battle for the South

 
“I’ve come to realize that staying true to your values and loyal to the people you love can make you into a legend…We must fight the hatred and fear that is crippling the spirit of our country.”



Unsure of the loyalty of her mentor, Erika and Vince take drastic measures to ensure the safety of their loved ones. After trying to merge back into an American society severely altered by the repercussions of the first Great Quake ten years before, Erika and Vince are unsure whom to trust. Time has spread the people they love out across the country and another Great Quake is imminent. One thing is for sure: they will not let their loved ones be annihilated by disaster. As the Federal Government takes steps to eliminate any signs of resistance among its citizens, Erika and Vince seek refuge in the free south where they can find help to rescue their friends and family from the Las Vegas FEMA camp. Can they make it in time? Are their loved ones still alive? Who is loyal to a freedom that was once provided under the Constitution? 


Reviews 

"Brilliant series so far and this installment does not disappoint. Sara takes the reader on a wild ride which leaves you asking for more. Love it."

"I've read each of the books in this series. The first 2 were given to me by Sara to review. She got me hooked. I'm certain there will be a sequel to this one. Right, Sara?"

 


Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster, Without Land and The Walls of Freedom. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase

Leave a Review for Day After Disaster

Leave a Review for Without Land

Leave a Review for The Walls of Freedom

Leave a Review for Battle for the South

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Trusting in Group Leadership

Episode 132: Season 4 ep.8

Erika and Vince are introduced to the leader of the Texas Free State in the Battle for the South adventure. They leave the meeting with mixed feelings about this leader. Here to discuss the need for trusting in the leader of your group is Ellen Kerr, Leading Seaman in the Australian Royal Navy.


Listen to the Audio Podcast




Featured Quote:

"She always wanted to trust first. She wanted to believe that, deep down, people were good, but she had been proven wrong so many times, she didn't know what to think anymore."

Learn More


















Trusting Leadership Lessons from Ellen

Trust will be hard in an SHTF situation. Your closest friends may quickly turn into enemies. We know this is true because even now-a-days the majority of assaults and sexual abuse is conducted by people the victim knew and may have trusted.

A lot of times we focus on male leadership but what about female leadership? Women can be just as respected in leadership positions. There are differences between male and female leadership styles though. Ellen identifies two types of women leaders: those without children and those with children. In general if a woman has children and a career, it may have taken her more time to get where she is. Having children means maternity leave and the woman's peers may move up quicker. Generally women with children see their crew as family and treat them as such: loving them and supporting their needs but also firmly correcting unwanted behavior. Women without children may be at the same position as their male counter parts that entered their career at about the same time. These women tend to be harder women with little compassion. You have to have thick skin to make the hard leadership decisions.

Whether you are male or female a respected leader shares the same qualities. They have found a balance between being hard and being compassionate. They need to be able to make tough decisions and not go back on their decision. They need to be mindful of the needs of their group and open to their ideas.

If a leader loses the trust of his or her group it is very hard to earn back. Once your group members are burnt they may not ever come back. A group member that is not related to other members of the group may not have a hard time leaving. However, if we are talking about a family group you have to trust in time to regain trust. A strong family unit can learn to forgive as time goes on and the trust is slowly rebuilt.

Women are sometimes more trustworthy leaders because in general it takes a woman longer to earn the trust of her group than it does her male counterpart. Once the trust is gained it is not likely that the woman will discard it, unless under extreme duress. As time progresses on hopefully this distinction between male and female leadership will decrease but you have to recognize the playing field in order to lead effectively. The group must be based upon teamwork. Often times training together helps to develop a stronger bond rapidly.

When there is a group member within the group that doesn't trust the leader it could destroy the group cohesion like poison in the water. What to do with the person who is not in line with the rest depends on the circumstances and why they are upset. Ellen suggests having a forum with the group that does not include the leader, discuss the problems and possible solutions. Then take the issue to the leader and explain what is going on. The negative attitude or behavior needs to be squashed out immediately.

When SHTF you are going to have to put your faith in someone and learn to take orders. If you don't trust them, they will not trust you. You'll end up getting the worst jobs and resources may not be spent on you if you are in trouble.

There are a few elements of your character that you can work on now to make you a better leader in the future. Your ability to communicate and listen. This applies to both leaders and followers. Make sure you have common goals. The focus of the group needs to be cohesive. You need to allow your group to voice their opinions and not just listen to them but have the wisdom to know when their ideas may work better than yours. You need to have the ability to think on your feet and rapidly change plans for the safety of your group. Finally you need the ability to keep moving forward even when all seems lost. Your group will rely upon you for motivation and you can't be the Debbie Downer.

Ellen Kerr

Born in 1980 in Australia, Ellen Louis Kerr, has been married for 16 years to her wonderful spouse, Brian. They have two daughters Miriam and Emma. Plus, 2 spoiled cats, 2 ducks, 1 budgie and two lizards. (What is a budgie you ask? A budgie is a native Australian Bird short for budgerigar. They are a popular pet in Australia.)
Ellen joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2003 and served for fourteen years. She has earned the rank of Leading Seaman and is an Electronic Warfare Director at sea. When she's on the shore she works in the field of electronic intelligence. Ellen was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2005 as part of the allied task force on board HMAS Darwin for which she is now recognized as a veteran. She has also deployed to and took part in numerous exercises in New Zealand, Hawaii and South East Asia.
In her spare time she practices Hapkido and works on staying prepared for whatever may come our way. Ellen enjoys camping, fishing, shooting and four wheeling. She loves SIFI and end of the world genre material. Her favorite TV show is Firefly. She loves her ducks and motorbikes.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase




 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Personal and Household Hygiene

Episode 131: Season 4 ep.7

In the Battle for the South adventure Vince and Erika arrive in New Austin and receive a much needed rest. Erika is surprised by the community focus and the stock pile of basic household supplies. Here to talk to us today about personal and household hygiene is Jane Austin, aka Survivor Jane.

Listen to the Audio Podcast 



Featured Quote:
"After the fighting, Austin was annihilated."



















Hygiene Lessons from Survivor Jane

Keeping yourself and your home clean is essential! Many diseases are spread through improper sanitation. Maintaining a proper level of cleanliness is easier than you may think.

There are many recipes for making soap but on a day to day basis water and a washcloth are all you need. Using these two simple items you can stay clean and get the dead skin off of yourself. Body odor is caused by bacteria that feeds on protein on your skin. The biggest source of this protein is your dead skin. Use a bowl half a gallon of water in it and wash with a washcloth. When you wash, start with the cleanest areas and move onto the dirtier ones. After you are done allow your body to air dry. You can use a little olive oil to keep your skin soft. Occasionally a bar of soap will come in handy. There tons of recipes available both on the net and in Jane's book, Emergency Survival Hygiene.

There is no excuse for being dirty! Get creative. Jane uses a tool she calls a "hiney hydrant" when there is no toilet paper available. It's basically an altered garden sprayer that she attached to a bottle that she and her husband use as a survival bidet. Great ideas like this can be a game changer when supplies run low.

When it comes to keeping clothing clean, Jane suggests using The Wonderwash. It resembles a 2ft egg. You fill it with water, put the lid on with your clothes inside and spin it. The pressure cleans your clothes. It requires about a Tablespoon of detergent. You pour out the water and repeat the process. It works great. Then when your clothes are all wet you can purchase a commercial mop ringer to squish out the water prior to hanging them on a line to dry. For laundry soap you can find an online recipe or use Borax, washing soda, or graded soap. Alternately you can stock up on laundry chips at the grocery store. They will store for a very long time.

When it comes to the cleanliness of your home, microfiber wash clothes are wonderful dusters. You can put them over your dust mop to increase the dust mop's performance. The microfiber washcloths are reusable and are ready for action after a good washing. When you need to disinfect an area vinegar should be your go to item. It is possible to make your own vinegar but you need to research what will grow good in your area to produce vinegar and start growing it now. You do not want to use your precious first aid supplies for cleaning. Stock up on distilled vinegar. It is useful for multiple application including: cleaning, canning, etc.

You should also stock up on a healthy supply of chlorine and olive oil. Make sure you check out the shelf life information. Chlorine can be bought in tablet form and lasts much longer than liquid.

Hygiene should not be overlooked. Infectious disease is the number one cause of death world wide.

Products that you can easily produce:
  • Shampoo: Use 1 Tbs baking soda in 1 cup warm water
  • Conditioner: Use 1 Tbs vinegar in 1 cup water
  • Makeup bronzer: use coco powder and mix with corn starch.
  • Makeup rouge: use raspberry mixed with cornstarch
  • Makeup mascara: Use Vaseline and charcoal (burn and almond)
  • Lip gloss: Use coconut oil mixed with raspberry
  • Pimple treatment: use olive oil
  • Night time eye lash and brow restorer: Use olive oil in an old mascara bottle and treat lashes and brows with it before bed.
  • Hair restorer: castor oil on scalp before bed. 
  • Tooth paste: use washed, dried and finely crushed duck egg with baking soda and coconut oil
Jane Austin


Like so many women, Jane was a self-professed "oblivious-to-what-was-going-on-around-me" city girl. She was clueless about politics, the economy and the ever changing weather patterns around her.

It wasn't until she personally experienced a life-threatening assault at gun-point, live through several violent hurricanes, and watched as her 401k dwindled down next to nothing that her eyes began to open to what was going on around her.

In 2008 she took a huge leap of faith - quit her corporate job, sold her home for next to nothing, cash-in my 401k which was even more next to nothing - and moved to Western North Carolina to learn to live a more self-sustaining and self-reliant lifestyle.

Giving up the life of eating at different restaurants each night and having her nails and hair done every two weeks - she began to research how to prepare for uncertain times and still retain her "girlie-ness". While searching preparedness web sites she noticed that most were "male-oriented". Frustrated at the need to research a word, phrase or term that she didn't understand each time she went on one of these sites, it began to dawn on her that the reason she didn't understand these sites was because a lot of them were written by men, and as we all know, men and women speak a different language and therefore process information differently.
Purchase


Jane decided then and there to make it her mission to educate others; with an emphasis on women, on how to better prepare themselves by creating the website SurvivorJane.com - writing on a multitude of topics dealing with disaster survival and preparedness; while interjecting bits and pieces of humor on personal experiences, discoveries and her journey along the way.

SurvivorJane.com also reaches preparedness-minded men who may have just begun their preparedness journey, or have sent the women in their lives, albeit, girl-friend, wife, daughters, mother, aunts or grandmothers to the site and in the process was also helped to better understand preparedness from a women's perspective.

As an additional outreach, Jane uses social media networks. She is the creator of the internationally recognized hashtag #PrepperTalk on Twitter that brings preparedness-minded people from all over the world together to discuss preparedness ideas, suggestions and information with one another. It is currently the Largest Prepper Community on Twitter.
Purchase


Jane has been featured on National Geographic Channel's Doomsday Preppers (Season Four) and in Newsweek Special Edition Off-Grid, Prepper and Shooter Magazine, Prepared Magazine. She is a contributing writer to National Geographic Channel's Doomsday Preppers BlogTV.

"Where There Is No Cosmetic Counter" and it's 1st Revision: "Emergency/Survival Hygiene" were written out of a need to bring more awareness to one of the most overlooked areas in Preparedness: "Personal Hygiene" by showing easy ways to make survival personal hygiene products. After all, infectious diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide.

In her book "What Could Possibly Go Wrong: How To Go From Completely Clueless to Totally Prepared" she "talks to the reader" in easy to understand language about her personal experiences and what she has learned could go wrong around us and how we can better prepare ourselves and family for these uncertain times. 
Purchase

Link: www.SurvivorJane.com

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster Without Land, The Walls of Freedom and Battle for the South. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase





 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Operational Intelligence for your Survival Group

Episode 130: Season 4 ep. 6

Master Sergeant Bennet continues his search for Vince and Erika in the Battle for the South adventure. His access to military intelligence keeps him one step ahead. Today we discuss intelligence operations for your survival group with special guest Samuel Culper, former Military Intelligence NCO and founder of ForwardObserver.com.

Listen to the Audio Podcast 


Featured Quote:
"He knew if the Federal Forces found her and her husband, there would be nothing he or anyone could do to save them."



















 Operational Intelligence Lessons from Samuel

There are five steps to gaining military intelligence called the intelligence cycle. The first step is intelligence requirements and direction. You identify intelligence requirements and identify and gaps in your knowledge. Figure out what do you know and what don't you know. The second step is collection. Basically, find out what you don't know. Fill in any intelligence gaps. The third step is analysis and processing. You have to find out what is true and what is not. Then you discard the bad information and compile the data. The fourth step is production. During this step, you produce a final report. All the data is formed into a conclusion. The fifth step is dissemination. You spread the information to the appropriate people or areas that need it. 
There are six major areas that must be analyzed in your potential battle space. The first is the terrain. These are the physical things in your neighborhood: houses, sheds, fences buildings, roads, methods of transportation, etc. You must analyze how they can be used to your advantage and how the enemy could utilize them to theirs. The second area is human terrain. This is the understanding of the people in your area: What are their beliefs, culture, emotional statuses? Every member of society is an intelligence sensor. They are hearing, seeing and experiencing unique aspects that can be exploited. The third area is critical infrastructure. These are the critical businesses that keep the world spinning, not just power plants but places like Walmart as well.You need to know where they are. These areas are potential targets and traffic to and from these places could put you into danger. The forth area is politics and governance: the status of the governments, etc. The fifth is economy: What is the current state of the economic and financial landscape? The sixth area is law enforcement and security: How many officers are in the area? Some law enforcement agencies have more training for different circumstances. It's good to know what your local government is prepared for and what type of event would require them to call for assistance from State or Federal Forces. It is also a good idea to find out what type of ammunition they primarily use. In a SHTF situation where volunteers may be needed to help maintain order it would be a good idea to have a weapon that can fire whatever type of ammo they have supplied.
 
There are levels of intelligence or source grades based upon the information's reliability. The elicited information needs to be scrutinized for it's validity. Single Source information is very vulnerable. It is limited to the amount of information the individual has access to. You should try to confirm their information through other sources. That source can be given a grade based on the history of their information's credibility.
 
It is hard to choose a course of action when you are dealing with conflicting information. In a SHTF situation your information may be very limited. You will need to develop a formal process to analyze data. No matter how much information you gather, the decision will ultimately come down to the commander. You have to do your best to try to find false information. Use the FACT filter to check it. F stands for feasible: Is it possible for the information to be true? A stands for appropriate: Does it make sense that the information would be true? C stands for consistent: Is the information in line with past knowledge? T stands for timely: What is the timeline for this information? 

If you realize you are relying upon faulty information, stop digging. Try to repair any damage you have caused. Then you need to assess the impact that your misdirected action may cause in the future. 

Keeping information private, especially now-a-days, is a challenge for all people and organizations both big and small. "The best way to keep a secret is to deny one exists in the first place." (The Grugq) The first thing you need to do is control access to the information. You can build a canary trap when you need to disseminate it. Make each copy a little different and log the tiny errors. Then when the information gets leaked you can look at the copy that was leaked and know where it came from. You always have to understand your adversary's capabilities. If you are trying to avoid NSA spying you need to not carry a cell phone and stay offline. Think like the wolf: How do they gather information? Then think about where you are vulnerable and how your adversary might target you. If you have sensitive data the best place to keep it is on a computer that does not connect to the internet. Get off the chessboard and keep your information secret. You have to know who your adversary is, how they will attack and then reduce or remove threats. 
In today's day and age the biggest threat is identity theft. For example the Office of Personnel Management leaked the identities of people with top security clearance. Not only were their backgrounds, including financial and family history, released but their identities can now be easily traced. The Chinese are responsible for the theft and now their government can check flight records and figure out where our top government representatives are going. The introduction of bio-metrics has made staying off of the grid even more difficult. You can no longer present a fake id and a good story and travel from place to place. People have one set of fingerprints, two eyes and one face. Once this information is stored and change in the id name would cause a red flag. Government collusion disseminates this information between countries and make it even more difficult to travel under an unknown alias.
Once we are in a SHTF situation it will be absolutely essential to understand your adversary's capabilities. If they have signals intelligence capabilities you will not want to use a cell phone for communication. Understand that if something emits a signal, it can be traced. Hand radios are very easy to sniff out. A cheap transmitter would easily do the trick. Know that you should not use them and get yourself a transmitter. Then you can become a signals intelligence hub and understand your adversary's capabilities. Run your own intelligence operation and track movements of groups. Remember that you are not renewable. You should never try to infiltrate another group to illicit information. Instead motivate someone else to do it. Find out what motivates the individual and use it to your advantage. Before you do, confirm that they are even capable of knowing the information you want, otherwise you are wasting your time. Do your research and find methods of eliciting information from people and then begin practicing. Remember that once you have made contact with an outsider, they are constantly gathering information about you: how many are in your group, what weapons you have, how much food, etc.
Samuel Culper

 






"Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract intelligence analyst. He now runs Forward Observer, a threat intelligence services company based in Texas."

Link: ForwardObserver.com



Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster Without Land, The Walls of Freedom and Battle for the South. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Purchase