AAR: Pathfinder from Class 43-1


“Pathfinder” is a retired Army flag-officer who attended the Intelligence Collection & Analysis Course (ICAC).


I was first introduced to the [Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB)] process in 1989 at the Army Command & General Staff College.  Applied it as a battalion, brigade, and division assistant operations officer.  The threat at the time was conventional.

WRSA exposed me to Guerrillamerica.  When I started reading Sam Culper’s application of IPB to the old homestead – I thought:  What a brilliantly simple application of a proven process to solving the protection of my AO and Area of Interest.
With Sam’s background as an Army intel analyst in OIF COIN, he was able to tailor the process to be useful for preppers.  Besides IPB he has also put together an OPSEC class that takes the student through a disciplined process at looking at your vulnerabilities.
Convinced – drove 6 hours to attend his class in a Redoubt state.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The interaction with other preppers and the opportunity to exchange ideas was very useful.  Sam Culper successfully guides you through the process.  Some pre-class homework is required to get the most out of it.
IPB is a disciplined, systemic process to layout your AO and Area of Interest.  Nothing more, nothing less.  You put effort into it – you will get something out of it.
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