Forward Observer: 100 Days – What You Should Be Doing for Local Intelligence

Intelligence analyst Sam Culper at Forward Observer talks about developing local intelligence.

To be blunt, stable states and societies don’t have armed political factions shooting each other.

Yet the proliferation of armed groups on both the political Right and Left means that organized political violence could develop.

And that means, right now, government risks losing the monopoly on the use of force.

On this trajectory, the U.S. could move from a stable to a fragile or failed state.

And that means that the value of local intelligence has never been higher.

For this week’s Dispatch, I cover my thoughts on these developments and what we can be doing locally to develop intelligence for community security.