In this Radio Contra podcast, NC Scout of Brushbeater and American Partisan interviews K of Combat Studies Group. This topic is Biden’s recent executive order on cryptocurrencies, what this means for the market long term, and what measures you can take to protect yourself from intrusions by Big Brother.
Through the link below to American Partisan is NC Scout’s (of Brushbeater and American Partisan) recent interview of K from Combat Studies Group. Some of our local community members have been lucky enough to train with both of these people.
Combat Studies Group is holding a Night Ops/CQB course setup in Spokane July 9-12, 2020. Will be one day of live fire and three days of SIMS with CQB and vehicle mobility ops. Cost is $900 or prorated if you just want certain days.
This will be a hybrid course, combining aspects of our Nights Ops course with our CQB Level One and Vehicle/Mobility Ops.
Day one will be live fire, day two, three & four will be SIMS/UTMs.
This course will focus on weapon flows and close quarters drills with carbine/pistol, setting up your NVG/NODs and IR aiming systems, setting up your vehicle for night operations, CQB one & two man drills with force on force excercises, fighting in and around structures, fighting in and around vehicles, TCCC considerations and an FTX.
To register or for any inquiries, contact:
email@example.com -or- firstname.lastname@example.org
* Note taking material
* Ballistic goggles & glasses
* Large cover shirt (should fit over armor or mag pouches)
* AR/M4 style carbine (AK style is okay as well) w/optic and/or iron sights
* Six carbine mags
* Semi-auto pistol (.380cal or larger)
* Three pistol mags (or more)
* Plate carrier w/ at least three mag pouches, or Rhodesian style vest, or carbine mag pouches for belt rig
* Duty belt / holster w/ at least three pistol mag pouches
* Carbine sling (single point or double point)
* Eye and ear protection
* Firearm maintenance gear ( lube, tools, spare parts)
* Comfortable, durable clothing, change of clothes, towel
* Optional gear…..dump pouches, goggles, knee pads, gloves, etc
* Night vision goggles (PVS-14 or similar)
* IR aiming laser for carbine (PEQ-2, PEQ-15, etc)
* IR active or passive markers (IR strobe, IR patches, etc)
* Duct/Rigger’s tape
Course is being hosted by Grey Group LLC / Confidential Investigations.
For more information or to register, contact us at:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gunfight Concepts – Pistol
For the shooter looking to move beyond static target shooting. Will introduce the shooter to advanced weapon manipulation drills while under duress. Shooting while on the move, target discrimination, dealing with injuries in the middle of a fight and stress inoculation drills. This training is designed to get you way outside your “comfort zone” and exercise those critical skills needed to prevail in a lethal encounter.
* Semi-auto pistol (at least .380cal or greater)
* Three or more magazines
* Duty belt / Holster and at least two mag pouches
* Eye and ear protection
* Comfortable, durable clothing, change of clothes, towel
* Jacket and/or cover shirt
* Firearm maintenance gear (lube, tools, etc.)
* Optional gear…..dump pouches, gloves, armor, knee pads, Band-Aids)
* 400 rds (minimum)
Combat Studies Group has an article up about how to improve your pistolcraft.
Between the rifle and the pistol, I will generally spend more training time on the pistol. There are a couple reasons for this…
1) All things being equal, it takes more skill to be consistently accurate with a pistol than with a rifle – the rifle having the benefit of a longer sight radius (or optics) and the inherent stability that comes with a stocked firearm. (Not to mention the weight-to-trigger pull ratio disparity with a pistol).
2) Unless you are a rifleman deployed on the battlefield, you are going to spend the lion’s share of your time armed with a pistol. Walking through the local supermarket with a rifle slung across your chest tends to get the locals excited.
3) Pistols fire a relatively weak projectile compared to rifles in general and thusly, may require more follow-on hits to get the job done; making recoil management, sight tracking and reload skills a must.
Here are some of the key training factors I always try to hit on every time I train:
- Patrice Lewis of Rural Revolution
- John Jacob Schmidt of AmRRON and Radio Free Redoubt
- Glen Tate, author of the 299 Days book series
- Shelby Gallagher, author of the A Great State book series
- Rep. Matt Shea from WA district 4 and the Liberty state movement
- K from Combat Studies Group
- Brian Domke from Strategic Landscape Design
- Ranger Rick
- Dennis Walters from Dana Engineering
- Kaery Dudenhofer of Kaery Concealed
as well as other ham radio operators, herbalists, survivors, precious metal investors, beekeepers, and government emergency management planners.
Combat Studies Group has a comprehensive article up about choosing a secure chat/messaging application in this time of increasing governmental and corporate excess. It’s a long read, but if you are interested in your privacy you should give it a read. If you don’t understand what he’s talking about, then this is a starting point for your electronic privacy/security education.
So it’s 2019……and so far we have:
– Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and the like, de-platforming or censoring any content that leans towards the right or conservative side.
– Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, et al, doubling down on collection of people’s data.
– The US intelligence apparatus convincing major hotel chains (Marriot for one) to collect information and report on hotel guests (for the most trivial of “abnormalities”, if one can call them that).
– Amazon working with law enforcement to implement widespread facial recognition gathering.
– Those nifty DNA/ Heritage testing sites have been caught giving your DNA to Uncle Sam.
– Cellular providers selling your real-time location to anyone who wants to buy it.
– The proliferation of “smart” devices such as Alexa that is always listening.
– Web browsers screening the news you search for and only letting the “leftist” slanted news through.
I could go on for pages and pages, but you get the point. One needs to become aggressive to secure their privacy in this day and age….so with that in mind I thought it apropos to publish an updated breakdown of available options.
Lets establish some standards that should be adhered to when choosing a chat application.
1. It should be comprised of open-source code. Open source code can be audited by third parties for completeness, proper implementation and potential security vulnerabilities.
2. It should employ end to end encryption. In other words, the encryption happens on your device and the decryption happens on the recipient’s device versus a third party server. This removes the need to trust a third party with your keys.
3. It should utilize INFOSEC industry accepted standards for cipher primitives. It should use well studied ciphers, key exchanges and hashes such as: AES-256, RSA-4096, ChaCha20, ECC-512, Curve25519, Poly1305, secp256k1, Curve448, Twofish, SHA-3, Whirlpool, GPG.
4. It should utilize forward secrecy. This protects the user if they have a key that somehow gets compromised. In this setup the system renegotiates the key exchange at short, established time intervals. Diffie-Hellman is a common implementation of this concept.
5. It should support the removal/destruction of messages on both ends of the conversation. This could be based on a timer, manual selection or a “destroy on read” protocol…
UPDATE-Date Change: Because of the snow storm and the unplowed nature of the roads around the class location, we are postponing this class until February 23rd.
Combat Studies Group has a new one day class – Hard Target Traveler. This would be a good class if you travel a lot, have kids going off to college in the big city or off on a mission, or just want to feel safer when traveling.
This class will be held in the Benton City, WA area on Saturday, February,
16th 23rd, 2019. Contact CSG at either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org in order join the class. You will need to make a $100 deposit on the class through the CSG store web page (click here). On that page scroll down to near the bottom, above the comments, where it says “Class Deposit.”
* The Hard Target Traveler *
Course length: one day (8-10 hrs classroom, with combatives lab)
Required materials: comfortable clothing, note taking materials
A condensed course to prepare the western traveler for the potential hazards of foreign travel as well as threats on the homefront. Subjects covered include: Counter-surveillance, route planning, unarmed physical defense & improvised weapons, escape and evasion from unlawful custody, digital security and communications, medical and other trade-craft skills.
By the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Conduct useful information gathering on an area prior to arrival
- Identify trouble/danger areas using map study and OSINT
- Identify indicators of human and digital surveillance
- Prevent common vehicle attacks
- Escape from common physical attacks and holds
- Defend against blunt and edged weapon attacks
- Render self and buddy aid in event of life threatening injury
- Escape from various restraints
- Setup and utilize secure communication channels
- Setup an emergency cache and explain the different types
- Treat/prevent various ailments and diseases with off-the-shelf remedies
- Avoid and/or escape a riot or mob
- Identify and explain safe houses and safe zone
Combat Studies Group has a couple of open-enrollment dates for their Low-Vis Tactical Operations course. Those weekends are Aug. 25-26 and Sept. 1-2. The two day classes are $400 and take place in the northwest.
It’s safe to say that a good number of us spend a lot of time in vehicles. Going to and from work, taking the kids to practice, going shopping, visiting friends and family and so on. How would this common activity change if the thin veil of civility we currently enjoy were to slip? Can we still do what needs to be done without ending up a mobile resupply for the bad guys?
Let’s engage in a mental exercise, hypothetical in nature, wherein the area you live in has devolved into a completely lawless state. It doesn’t matter why, whether it’s a financial collapse, foreign invasion, natural disaster or any number of other scenarios. Picture something akin to the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 90’s.
You live in a rural area about 20 miles from the nearest town. You receive word via your HAM network that relatives in town are in need of extraction due to a sharp increase in gang activity and looting. Their vehicles have been stolen and/or destroyed and they are barricaded in their home with dwindling supplies.
What would you take with you on this mission?
What would your mission planning look like?
What would drive your planning process?
Let’s look at something a bit less extreme. You need to run a security patrol or recce patrol in an area that is in a condition somewhere in between current day Caracas, Venezuela and Detroit.
How many vehicles would be in your party?
How overt would you want to be?
What would your contingency planning look like?
How would you deal with an unexpected roadblock?
Now let’s say you get a frantic call for help from a loved one and you need to go right now. You are stuck with what is already in your vehicle. Will it support your operation in any meaningful way?
A vehicle in your party a mile ahead radios that they have driven into an ambush and are disabled on the X. How would you approach this situation? The driver of the down vehicle is unconscious and appears to have a neck injury. How do you extract them in a hurry without causing more damage?
(And while I realize many of these questions are going to be determined by your METT-TC, they definitely deserve your attention sooner rather than later so standard procedures can be developed.)
These are some of the questions we address in the Low-Vis Tactical Vehicle Operations course.
– Vehicle packing – What and how
– Dressing around your equipment
– Tricks of maintaining a low profile
– Route planning
– Contingency planning
– Emergency action plans
– Multi vehicle operations
– Communication and coordination
– Roadblocks – manned and unmanned
– Anti pursuit measures
– Fighting into and out of vehicles
– Crossloading damaged vehicles under duress
– QRF setup and duties
– Vehicle modifications
– Counter surveillance
– Bail out bags
– Down driver and extraction
This is a two day course with SIM guns and a three day course with a live-fire module. Course involves classroom instruction, hands on demonstration, SIM guns and operating your vehicle in controlled scenarios.
Cost is $400 (2-day) and $550 (3-day)
…Facebook was “helped” in its efforts to wipe out these dangerous memes by the Atlantic Council, on whose board you’ll find confidence-inspiring names like Henry Kissinger, former CIA chief Michael Hayden, former acting CIA head Michael Morell and former Bush-era Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. (The latter is the guy who used to bring you the insane color-coded terror threat level system.)
These people now have their hands on what is essentially a direct lever over nationwide news distribution. It’s hard to understate the potential mischief that lurks behind this union of Internet platforms and would-be government censors…
Way back in 1996, when mastodons roamed the earth and people used dial-up to connect to the Internet, Congress passed the Communications Decency Act. It contained the following landmark language:
“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
Essentially this meant that Internet providers wouldn’t be treated like news organizations. In the eyes of the law, they were less like CBS or Random House than they were bookstores or newsstands.
The rule allowed platforms to grow exponentially without the same fear of litigation. Companies like Facebook and Google became all-powerful media distributors, and were able to profit from InfoWars-style programs without having to be liable for them.
This led to the flowering of so much obnoxious speech that the First Amendment acquired a reputation as a racist con, and online media distributors, instead of being sued themselves as publishers, began to be viewed as potential restorers of order, beneficent censors.
Now, at a moment of crisis and high political tension, the public seems unable to grasp the gravity of allowing the government or anyone else to use that power.
It is already a scandal that these de facto private media regulators have secret algorithmic processes that push down some news organizations in favor of others. Witness the complaints by outlets like Alternet, Truthdig and others that big platforms have been de-emphasizing alternative sites in the name of combating “fake news.”
But this week’s revelation is worse. When Facebook works with the government and wannabe star-chamber organizations like the Atlantic Council to delete sites on national security grounds, using secret methodology, it opens the door to nightmare possibilities that you’d find in dystopian novels.
The sheer market power of these companies over information flow has always been the real threat. This is why breaking them up should have long ago become an urgent national priority.
Instead, as was obvious during the Senate hearing with Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year, politicians are more interested in using than curtailing the power of these companies. The platforms, for their part, will cave rather than be regulated. The endgame here couldn’t be clearer. This is how authoritarian marriages begin, and people should be very worried.
K of Combat Studies Group – Censorship As A Political Weapon weighing in on means to avoid some of this if you are a content provider.
Either Gab.io and other sites similar in content will have to start shopping for another hosting option (takes time and lots of money and there is no guarantee that the same thing won’t happen again) or they will have to take that unconventional approach. And let’s not forget that under the Obama administration control of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers) was relinquished from the US to an international body…..what could go wrong?
So, whats to be done? I’ll tell you what I told Infowars years ago….begin moving to platforms that are outside of their opposition’s control.
Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg – Censorship Is What Happens When Powerful People Get Scared
Now that it’s been established that Facebook is in fact censoring based on advice provided by former spooks and other assorted establishment charlatans, let’s talk about what this means. I think there are two major takeaways.
First and foremost, the entire push to make arbitrary de-platforming by tech giants the new norm proves the establishment is scared to death. The very powerful folks accustomed to manipulating and shaping the world via narrative creation aren’t terrified about what Alex Jones says, they’re terrified that it’s popular. The establishment “elites” are in such denial about the consequences of the world they created, all they can do is spastically attack symptoms. Trump didn’t divide U.S. society and Alex Jones didn’t cause our widespread (and entirely justifiably) distrust in institutions; the status quo system did that via its spectacular failures. Trump’s election and Alex Jones’ popularity are merely symptoms of an incredibly corrupt and failed status quo paradigm, the stewards of which continually refuse to take a look in the mirror, accept blame and reform…
Paul Kersey of VDARE.com – Immigration Patriotism, Not Conspiracy Theories, Triggered Tech Totalitarians’ Purge Of INFOWARS’ Alex Jones
Alex Jones’ banning is clearly the precursor to the push to ban more and more Politically Incorrect patriot sites from social media…such as VDARE.com. CNN let slip the goal when Pakistani journalist Rafia Zakaria [Tweet her] said: “The stripping of InfoWars from Facebook, Apple and other platforms is an important step in the recognition of nativist, nationalist and white supremacist hate speech as a form of terrorism.” [We need to talk about Alex Jones, CNN, August 10, 2018.
Seemingly within minutes Wednesday, The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, The Hill and several other of the usual suspects all ran stories attempting to explain — and by explain I mean “mock/dismiss/deride” — an internet phenomenon known as Q or QAnon.
Here’s a good tip: Any time the news establishment in sudden unison jumps up and screams at the top of their lungs, “Nothing to see here! Nonsense, nonsense! Nothing to see!” it’s a good time to pay attention.
After a few quiet months, Combat Studies Group has announced that the improved Sepio 2 secure laptop is to be released soon. They say the Sepio 2 will be faster and more secure than the original Sepio, with the choice of 13″ or 15″ screens, multiple hard drive options, expanded memory, and more. Base models starting around $1400.
Combat Studies Group also has some new classes they are teaching, including GroundRod 3, a GroundRod Alumni update course, Low vis tactical vehicle operations, and home defense/CQB.
Combat Studies Group will be holding their GroundRod Primer course in the Prosser, WA area on Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th, 2018. This is a two-day class. This class has moved from the Boise, ID location. Please sign up through the Combat Studies Group email address if you are interested in taking the class. The information is very valuable.
Class – Ground Rod Primer
Time Saturday and Sunday 8am – 5pm
Benefit – help limit your electronic footprint and learn how to protect your data and communications
GroundRod Primer is designed to address the fundamental concerns of journalists, concerned citizens, activists, whistle blowers, missionaries and liberty lovers in general, with regard to digital security. Whether hackers, governments, criminals or acts of espionage; our privacy is in serious jeopardy.
We have been hard at work over the last several months developing new tools to help secure your digital life. We continue to refine the Sepio Secure OS and expect to release the Sepio 2 this summer. Other items that are coming soon:
Sepio-Offgrid Rugged Laptop
– Offers the same level of rugged MILSPEC protection as the famous Toughbooks
– 14 inch HD screen
– 8-32GB RAM
– 128GB -1TB SSD or HDD
– i3 CPU (non vPro)
– Sepio Secure OS
– Optional packable solar panel/battery combo for field use
– Estimated Price: $1600-2000
The Libertas XL
– A 9 inch rugged tablet with:
– Dual-core 64bit CPU
– 2GB RAM
– 16 or 32GB storage
– Estimated price: $650
– A full featured Sepio desktop not much larger than your hand.
– Plug in your own keyboard, mouse and monitor
– Estimated price: $750
Graybox Secure Router
– Router, Access Point, Bridge, Firewall, Intrusion detection and VPN all in a small package.
– Estimated price: TBA
Home Theater System
– This would replace your Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast, AmazonFire, etc media devices. It will have the same functionality – streaming of your favorite shows, music, etc, but without the spying.
– Estimated Price: TBA
GrayMatter VPN Service
– We have been testing the beta of our very own VPN service. What will it offer?
– Servers in jurisdictions that are respectful of privacy rights
– Servers setup with same security you would find in the Sepio
– No logging of customers
– Anonymous account creation and payment support
– Wireguard, TOR, OpenVPN and Shadowsocks
– Multihop support
– Secure, non-logging DNS
– Estimated Price: $6-10 monthly
I should mention that all of our products are fully patched against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.
CSG is also holding a GroundRod Primer course in Boise, ID on March 24-25, 2018. The GroundRod Primer is an intensive digital security course of instruction.
The next General Assembly of the Whole will be held on Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 6:30pm at Caffe’ Villa/Mustang Grill in Prosser.
K of Combat Studies Group will be the featured speaker at the March 8th, 2018 Lower Valley Assembly of the Whole in Prosser, WA. His topic will be digital security.
K is a combat veteran, owner/instructor of CSG Inc, overseas government contractor, and a wilderness medic. He has trained thousands of personnel from all four branches of the military, special operations forces, federal agencies, police and responsible citizens, in firearms, tactics, survival and trade-craft. Combat Studies Group teaches classes in firearms tactics, kidnap defense, austere medicine, vehicle and home defense and most recently has been teaching many classes around the country about digital security dubbed “Groundrod” courses. Combat Studies Group also creates and sells secure phones, tablets and laptops.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
― Robert A. Heinlein