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Interview With Col. Allen West

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Brandon Webb of SOFREP Talks to Sun News

From Sun News:

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History of Saharan Africa and Terrorism

Here is an in depth analysis of North African history and how it affects current issues from SOFREP.

…there is this strange gap where political science, history, and journalism do not quite merry up with each other.

Journalism doesn’t care about history very much. Political Science often ignores historical precedents and anecdotal evidence on the ground, and history is by its nature going to be 20 years or more behind the power curve because someone has to write white papers and PhD dissertations before the information can be cited as a source.

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Article from SOFREP about how terrorist organizations are hiding and transmitting information:

In the digital world the most common form of steganography is embedding information in media files. Media files are rather large, so a little data padding isn’t as noticeable. They are also created with layers of information, which allows the embedding of other data into a layer, and keeps it obscured behind preceding layers – kind of like slipping a tiny, extra piece of cheese into a dagwood sandwich.

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Operations Security and Intelligence


I am working on what may end up being a multi-part piece on Mexican DTO’s, but that research (in addition to my graduate work and…uhh… work) will take bit.

In the meantime, I got some requests to discuss OPSEC. OPSEC is a serious subject and it is thrown around a lot, sometimes correctly and sometimes incorrectly. So let us start with defining it. According to DoD Directive 5205.02 (DoD Operations Security (OPSEC) Program) OPSEC is:


E2.1.3. Operations Security (OPSEC). A process of identifying critical information and analyzing friendly actions attendant to military operations and other activities including:

E2.1.3.1. Identify those actions that can be observed by adversary intelligence systems.

E2.1.3.2. Determining indicators that hostile intelligence systems might obtain that could be interpreted or pieced together to derive critical intelligence in time to be useful to adversaries.

E2.1.3.3. Selecting and executing measures that eliminate or reduce to an acceptable level the vulnerabilities of friendly actions to adversary exploitation.

This is a DoD wide instruction, however, there are similar instructions for agencies outside the DoD including but not limited to: The Department of Commerce, CIA, and FBI.

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Barrett MRAD Review

SOFREP reviews the MRAD:

My first impression of the Barrett MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design) straight out of the box was that Barrett had designed a beautiful rifle.  The rifle I received for my evaluation was a bolt action chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum.

The concept behind Barrett’s MRAD system, is that it provides the shooter with an adaptable modular shooting platform.  The MRAD can be re-configured to a variety of different calibers depending on the mission or application.

The 338 round was initially developed and sponsored by my community (The Navy SEALs) as an accurate long distance round.  I’ve fired half a dozen different platforms and I’m personally a big fan of the 338 Lapua round.  At speeds up to 2900 feet per second it’s a flat flying killer out to distances of 1500 meters.


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Pedestrian Intelligence


The hardest part of staying informed as citizens of the U.S. or wherever your home happens to be is whether you can rely on the validity of the information that you’re given. And that’s the first rule of what I call “Pedestrian Intelligence”, or in other words, intelligence for the rest of us.

Rule 1: Only infants are spoon-fed

Go out and get your information. Don’t rely on others to give it to you. This applies to all sources, regardless of your political affiliation. Do not rely on Fox, CNN, NPR, CBS or any other outfit. They all must make editing decisions to fit a number of parameters (scheduling, editorial, etc.), none of which support your need for reliable information (aka intelligence) that you need in order to make sound judgments.

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