Developing a good tactical intelligence gathering system

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Here goes another one of my "think about it" PDF's. Everyone I am sure is wondering what might befall us if the government were to fail or that some catastrophic event may occur, but has anyone considered doing a tactical intelligence source document of your surrounding community or neighborhood. Like any good combat veteran will tell you, real-time intelligence is not always a good thing, for one, anyone who has been in the thick of it, will tell you, intel is only as good as its source and time. Two things that might or might not occur for us during an event. So how can we establish a portfolio without the modern sciences of intelligence. Simple, be observant for one thing.

For example: I live in a moderately well to do, medium to high medium income area of a good size city. I am critically aware of the infrastructures that we have in our city, the systematic protocols and government resources available both in the city, county and state, not to mention federal resources that may or may not be tapped in an event. During the summer, I spend about 3-4 hours a day gathering info that might be useful and build a considerable portfolio to include a threat analysis of potential hazards that could contribute to decisions during an event.

I know that within a 1000 yard square, I have seven families where the head of household is a law enforcement, the county Emergency Manager, four city fire-fighters, three city department supervisors and eight medical professionals live. I know that additionally their are eleven military families and six European NATO fighter pilots that are within this square. Six families have educators and another 23 families working in other sectors (retail, services, construction, etc). Within this area also, I am aware that 14 of them have stay at home mom's. 42 of these homes have some type of electronic security company and nine of them have gun cabinets in their garage (excluding mine). Nineteen have some-type of tornado shelter. All have more than one vehicle, and of these one of the two or more are either a truck or SUV. Seven families have more than 3 vehicles and of these 4 have a pick-up/SUV within this number. Four excluding the law enforcement, County EM and myself have CB radios and one family have a HAM radio antennae. You could say that our small sub-division is ready for anything or is it?

In a geographical overlay, we have only eight routes to escape the subdivision by modern road, of these eight all bisect one large farm-to-market highway out of the city, a major highway is within 4 miles of the home, it runs along an east-west parallel that bisects the farm to market road. Making road-blocks under a marshal law event easy to implement. Taking into consideration a released document under the freedom of information act in 1979, this road was closed off at many intersections after a tornado event in 1979. This would not be different after the SHTF.

Withholding data about our local law enforcement and fire department manning, it would be easy for some road blocks to be overcome since for manning purposes it would be impossible to control all points without federal or state help. The local Texas Department of Safety has a sub-station outside the city, but its patrol area is sizeable and would be called upon to support at least MSA population size of 180K.

As such this assessment would require average citizens like a prepper to take defensive measures to safeguard their assets. In developing a rich and in-depth study of your surrounding assets, a prepper will be able to plan for what might befall them after the SHTF.

I hope that this simplistic approach might help those who don't understand the need for such a portfolio. If you'd like to share your thoughts, feel free...as I said, I tried to keep this pretty benign to prevent use against our country, but lead a prepper into assessing his/her surroundings. Please note, I didn't mention anything about night intelligence grabbing or the use of night vision instruments in crafting these theories. Something for the reader to consider when developing your plan.
 

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i agree with you on this..and in your post.you stated..In a geographical overlay, we have only eight routes to escape the subdivision by modern road, of these eight all bisect one large farm-to-market highway out of the city, a major highway is within 4 miles of the home, it runs along an east-west parallel that bisects the farm to market road. Making road-blocks under a marshal law event easy to implement.

and thats why i agree with those that say,its a all around best idea to plan every route possible..and to me.that includes cross country.(off road)..and railroads as well..and rivers and and creeks as well,if those routes are possible for a person/family...the police
military and others arent the only ones that'll go with roadblocks after a shtf situation..so will citizens as well..
 
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For the time and source problem that is positive to my Post-SHTF Network idea for DPF members. Many of us trust each other so if we have a large network we can get real time info about situations nationwide or movement of things, if lets say the US was invaded.
 

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i agree with you on this..and in your post.you stated..In a geographical overlay, we have only eight routes to escape the subdivision by modern road, of these eight all bisect one large farm-to-market highway out of the city, a major highway is within 4 miles of the home, it runs along an east-west parallel that bisects the farm to market road. Making road-blocks under a marshal law event easy to implement.

and thats why i agree with those that say,its a all around best idea to plan every route possible..and to me.that includes cross country.(off road)..and railroads as well..and rivers and and creeks as well,if those routes are possible for a person/family...the police
military and others arent the only ones that'll go with roadblocks after a shtf situation..so will citizens as well..

Jim, I agree those are great avenues of opportunity, this past summer, I actually ran about 20 miles of track along the BNSF, hugging the maintenance road that runs along it in a 4 wheeler. River beds such as the Red are again a good possibility since it runs almost 400 miles due East and West, the challenge is most of the river bed has not been mapped effectively and during the seasonal rains may not be good for vehicle travel. Creeks while offering the opportunity for a hull down situation and allow vehicle movement to be undetected, often contributes to vehicle maintenance issues (broken axle, etc) and while an excellent choice often contributes to a teams slow movement through enemy territory. As always these are risks that must be assessed at the time of an exfil, but must be studied closely prior to any event. Great thoughts Jim.
 

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good valid points once again,have to take my map out and mark down choke-points and escape routes
 

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