Sam Culper at Forward Observer has posted How do I start an ACE for community security or emergency preparedness? This article gives a brief overview of the analysis part of producing intelligence products. Sam has a wealth of information on this topic, and his book SHTF Intelligence is still available for in depth knowledge.
One of the major commitments I’m going to make to you in 2019 is to answer more questions and write more articles about intelligence and SHTF security. (And there’s a brand new Intelligence video series I’m recording for the Schoolhouse next month.)
I understand a lot of Americans are preparing for some very dire scenarios, and 2019 is showing no signs of slowing down with regard to instability and downside risk.
This morning, I want to write you my answer to a question from a Fox Company member:
“What are the first steps a [mutual assistance group] should take to build their ACE?”
First, let’s define the ACE. It stands for Analysis & Control Element, and it’s our intelligence section for disaster response, emergency preparedness, community security, an SHTF event, or however you want to characterize local operations.
Second, the best way to answer this question is to look at this like a progression:
1. Identify the threat/scenario
2. Define the mission
3. Build an ACE that can support the mission
We build the mission to respond to the threat.
For instance, a general and simple mission statement might look like this:
“Provide security operations for the community to prevent looters and potentially violent criminals from disrupting disaster relief efforts.”