What resources are available to the small unit for real-time intelligence collection? Quite a few if you do your homework. In this post we look at not just what other groups may be using, but what our likely opposing armies are using.
In the last segment we talked about your AO and how to figure out what your boundaries are, as well as what your actual capability is within that area. Today we'll focus on another problem area that gets a lot of misguided attention: information vs. intelligence.
Authority is a strange thing, the more one has the larger the sword of Damocles looms. Oft times those men with a 'lean and hungry look' as Cassius was so aptly described, consider the throne and not the concomitant blade hanging above their bare head. Where does it come from? How does it work? For such a foundational principle of Western society and political thought, it is never discussed. I doubt most can articulate anything past the usual tripe of 'consent of the governed' and 'we the people.'