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Episode #58, "Gathering Intelligence Before SHTF."

May 07, 2021 Mark & Krista Lawley Episode 58
Practical Prepping Podcast
Episode #58, "Gathering Intelligence Before SHTF."
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Episode #58, "Gathering Intelligence Before SHTF."
May 07, 2021 Episode 58
Mark & Krista Lawley

This episode is brought to you by "Practical Prepping For Everyday People - A Common Sense Guide On Preparing For Life's Emergencies "  Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. Autographed copies are available, drop us an email for details.

Episode #58 Gathering Intelligence Before SHTF.

Honestly, gathering intelligence is a lot more fun to do than it is to talk about, but we need to know how, and like any other skill, we get better as we practice.

In this episode we discuss three aspects of intelligence gathering. Those are:
Open source intelligence   (OSINT)
Cyber intelligence    (CYBINT)
Human intelligence   (HUMINT)

Open source intel.    (OSINT)
OSINT sources can be divided up into six different categories of information flow:

Media - newspaper, magazines, radio, television, alternative news sites, and foreign news sites

Internet - online publications, blogs, discussion groups, user created content such as Youtube and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. A good example is While the media was saying "peaceful protests" posted social media videos were showing buildings being burned, people being beaten, looting, and massive destruction.

Public government data
Government reports, transcripts of government hearings, press conferences, and speeches

Professional & academic publications
Journals, symposia, academic papers, even dissertations & theses

Commercial data
Commercial imagery, financial assessments, commercial weather, and especially satellite photos.

Cyber intel.    (CYBINT)
Properly formed cyber intelligence is born out of analysis.
Analysis of data allows better decisions
It often involves crunching data, computer modeling, weather modeling, and military models.

Human intel.    (HUMINT)
Propper Ground truth depends on getting "Eyes on" the, or at least first hand accounts.

In some situations we need to do personal recon. In others we can gain information directly from friends, family, or listening to ham oporators, but we must separate fact from opinion or rumor. We do this by correlation of data.

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This episode is brought to you by "Practical Prepping For Everyday People - A Common Sense Guide On Preparing For Life's Emergencies "  Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. Autographed copies are available, drop us an email for details.

Episode #58 Gathering Intelligence Before SHTF.

Honestly, gathering intelligence is a lot more fun to do than it is to talk about, but we need to know how, and like any other skill, we get better as we practice.

In this episode we discuss three aspects of intelligence gathering. Those are:
Open source intelligence   (OSINT)
Cyber intelligence    (CYBINT)
Human intelligence   (HUMINT)

Open source intel.    (OSINT)
OSINT sources can be divided up into six different categories of information flow:

Media - newspaper, magazines, radio, television, alternative news sites, and foreign news sites

Internet - online publications, blogs, discussion groups, user created content such as Youtube and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. A good example is While the media was saying "peaceful protests" posted social media videos were showing buildings being burned, people being beaten, looting, and massive destruction.

Public government data
Government reports, transcripts of government hearings, press conferences, and speeches

Professional & academic publications
Journals, symposia, academic papers, even dissertations & theses

Commercial data
Commercial imagery, financial assessments, commercial weather, and especially satellite photos.

Cyber intel.    (CYBINT)
Properly formed cyber intelligence is born out of analysis.
Analysis of data allows better decisions
It often involves crunching data, computer modeling, weather modeling, and military models.

Human intel.    (HUMINT)
Propper Ground truth depends on getting "Eyes on" the, or at least first hand accounts.

In some situations we need to do personal recon. In others we can gain information directly from friends, family, or listening to ham oporators, but we must separate fact from opinion or rumor. We do this by correlation of data.

Please consider supporting the podcast by buying us a cup of coffe. You can do that by going to www.buymeacoffee.com/practicalprep

We invite you to drop us an email at [email protected]

You can find us on Facebook at Practical Prepping

We have a number of articles for your prepper learning at www.practicalprepping.info

Join us on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for more episodes of Practical Prepping Podcast.