Battle Track the Inauguration

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Listen to “Forward Observer: Battle Track the Inauguration Intel Brief – 1345” on Spreaker.

Starting on Thursday and running indefinitely through the weekend, Samuel Culper and volunteers will be meeting in Austin, TX to battle track the protests/riots during the Inauguration ceremony.

‘Battle Tracking’ is an important skill that allows us to map events in real-time so that we understand the local security picture.  We use this map data and other developed intelligence to make better decisions about our security, and we also use this intelligence to drive operations.  Without knowing how to implement these intelligence gathering concepts, you are at a severe disadvantage.

Picking up where we left off with the Ferguson riots and the 2016 GOP Convention protests, Forward Observer will again drive a real-time, real-world exercise so that students can get a better understanding of intelligence gathering and analysis.  These are skills that we’re going to need to increase our survivability and to drive operations, and there’s no better opportunity to learn than with potential riots on the horizon in DC.

– Local volunteers are more than welcome to join the local ACE in Austin.  Email rome (at) readfomag dot com for additional information.

– If you’d like to join the effort online, we’d appreciate the support.  You’ll need to register for a free Unseen account (, and then request contact with Forward Observer.  From there, you’ll be dropped into the Inauguration ACE chat room and then be assigned a team/tasking.

You can also follow along at where we’ll be posting updates.

If you want to support what we at Forward Observer are doing, then you can subscribe to our weekly intelligence summaries ( and attend a future intelligence training course, which are listed below.