Here are a number of points to consider in the event that an insurgent conflict breaks in in America.

1.  Whenever we talk about conflict, we have to consider the implications on both sides of collateral damage and civilian casualties.  A common practice for the US Army and Marine Corps is to remove civilians from military objectives, so we can kill bad guys and seize the objectives.  We saw a lot of information operations targeting the populace of Iraq, warning them that a US/Coalition military operation was imminent, and they should leave the area, or stay indoors, or not carry weapons on the street.  These operations were aimed at minimizing civilian casualties by keeping them off our battlefield.  During the invasion of Iraq, General Tommy Franks estimated that 28 million leaflets were dropped over the country.  How are you going to protect innocent people in your community?

2.  There were quite a few places in Iraq and Afghanistan where we didn’t go.  We didn’t patrol, we didn’t plan operations there; these places were just basically denied terrain for us.  There are some parts of America where police officers don’t go.  Why?  The juice isn’t worth the squeeze.  No police officer wants to die enforcing the law that’s basically unenforceable given the manpower and resources.  What implication does that have for us?  Simple: organize your communities and turn them into denied terrain for the police state.  If you live in an area where unconstitutional laws will be enforced, then the best time to start is yesterday.  If unconstitutional laws are or will be unpopular in your community, then begin the work now of convincing your neighbors that their children’s only hope are acts of resistance.  (Hearts & Minds, cough, cough.  If they support you, they won’t turn you in.)  If unconstitutional laws will be accepted and supported in your community, then you have three options: move now, move later, or die in place, hopefully in an act of resistance.  What can you do this week to help build denied terrain for the police state?

3.  The populace are a significant part of the terrain, and just like any physical terrain feature, the human terrain can be used by you or be used against you.  There are several people credited with the quote, “In war, truth is the first casualty.”  This is a really good reason why Hearts & Minds is important.  The US media is actively involved in running information operations targeting the populace, and their ability to sway the public is a persistent threat to the future of the Liberty movement.  Go read the The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual.  The media is considered an asset of the enemy.  And put quite simply, the populace is a tool.  Aim them in one direction and pull the trigger; that’s exactly what happened after poor, little, seven year old Trayvon and the huggable, lovable, innocent little angel Dindu Nuffins-who-wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly were killed.  As an alternative, look at Alex Jones who infects the internet with lots of speculation and conspiracy theories, which is its own form of propaganda, and those pieces of information get disseminated among the Liberty and Patriot communities.  According to some people, a Russian invasion on US soil is imminent.  Information, whether accurate or inaccurate, controls people.  How can you influence your community to support you in your fight against tyranny?   (Pro Tip: The populace can support your cause, but reject your actions.  Before you act, better double check that those who support your cause also support your actions.)

4.  David Galula was a French Army company commander during the Algerian insurgency (1954-1962) and saw counterinsurgency on three continents. In Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice, Galula writes:

To confine soldiers to purely military functions while urgent and vital tasks have to be done, and nobody else is available to undertake them, would be senseless. The soldier must then be prepared to become . . . a social worker, a civil engineer, a school-teacher, a nurse, a boy scout. But only for as long as he cannot be replaced, for it is better to entrust civilian tasks to civilians.

In a conflict where the human terrain plays a factor, as with most low intensity conflicts, security elements or militias may have to be more than riflemen.  Although they may fight in wars, the militia’s mission is to protect the populace and community.  It would, therefore, behoove them to build a strong relationship with the populace, so the populace will offer them unbridled support.  Sometimes they’re going to have to offer their knowledge to the populace and fix things and make life better for the populace.  In one sentence: the more you do for the community, the more they will do for you and the more they will do to keep you aroundWhat can you do for your community to make them want to keep you around?  Answer that question and then start winning some Hearts & Minds.  Because if you don’t win their Hearts & Minds, then the State will turn them against you (though coercion or benefits, not that it matters), and you will lose.

There’s an endless list of considerations if hostilities break out.  Focus on your family, build tribe in your community, foster cooperation among yourselves, and get prepared.  And, if the time comes, then we can deal with each of these factors when necessary.