Intelligence Drives the Fight

Mission Statement:  Deliver high impact intelligence to shape a real-world, ground level understanding of America’s likely tumultuous future.

We believe that conflict is in America’s near future.

Our veterans of U.S. Special Operations and Intelligence have lived and operated in overseas conflicts, and are able to find the signal in the noise to reduce uncertainty about America’s volatile future.

We use evidenced-based reasoning and structured analytic techniques to think clearly about the future of American conflict.

We challenge status quo thinking about instability, collapse, systems disruption, and conflict through weekly analysis and intelligence reporting. We have a proven track record of offering high level, accurate insights and perspectives.

Increase your situational understanding, make better decisions, and reduce your uncertainty about the future.

We’re Forward Observer, an Intelligence services company specializing in threat intelligence, trend analysis, conflict monitoring, and applied intelligence training.

Our Staff

Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and civilian intelligence analyst. He spent nearly a decade in the Intelligence Community, including three years deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a soldier and contractor, and now runs the intelligence shop here at Forward Observer.

Max Baer is a Navy veteran with experience in surface warfare and battlespace management.

Charley Hogwood is a veteran with 15 years in the US Army as a Cavalry Scout and Infantry NCO. He holds a certificate in emergency management and has completed 57 FEMA and DHS courses. Charley is also an FAA-certified drone pilot and FLIR-Certified Drone Thermographer.