Category Archives: Terrain and AO Development

Defense – Obstacles Part II: Understanding Natural Obstacles

In the last entry we identified three categories of obstacles (natural, man-improved, and manmade).  In  this entry we’re going to look at natural obstacles and try to gain an understanding of why they work and how they impact a threat … Continue reading

Posted in Defensive Measures, Hardening the Homestead, Security Planning, Terrain and AO Development | Leave a comment

Defense – Obstacles Part I: Introduction

So far we have covered fields of fire and observation, cover and concealment, and now it’s time to tackle obstacles.  Note I’m going to venture a bit away from normal military doctrine in covering obstacles.  What is an obstacle?  An … Continue reading

Posted in Defensive Measures, Hardening the Homestead, Security Planning, Terrain and AO Development | Leave a comment

Defense: Farm and Ranch Concealment Theory 101

In the last entry we examined developing cover in and around our immediate area of operations (which as usual is our ranch or farm).  Referring back you’ll remember cover is the first part of the C in OCOKA (Observation and … Continue reading

Posted in Defensive Measures, Hardening the Homestead, Security Planning, Terrain and AO Development | Leave a comment

Defense: Terrain Modification Part II – Planning For Cover

In the last entry I pointed out some issues that were discovered during out terrain review and tackled the first task that was at hand – clearing fields of observation and fire.  Referring back to that entry you’ll see that … Continue reading

Posted in Defensive Measures, Hardening the Homestead, Security Planning, Terrain and AO Development | Leave a comment

Defense: Terrain Modification Part I

Surgery went well and it’s time to get back in the saddle.  So far we have conducted a terrain analysis of our immediate AO and using the acronym OCOKA (Observation and fields of fire, Cover and concealment, Obstacles, Key terrain, … Continue reading

Posted in Defensive Measures, Hardening the Homestead, Security Planning, Terrain and AO Development | Leave a comment

Defense: More Concepts To Take Into Consideration

Rainy weather is giving me a little slack time so I’m back at it today – and please excuse me for crappy art I’m not an artist.  In the last entry we examined the immediate zones (A through C) and … Continue reading

Posted in Defensive Measures, General Info, Hardening the Homestead, Security Planning, Terrain and AO Development | Leave a comment

Defense: Homestead Case Study – Back to Terrain Pt.2

In the last entry I oriented you to our notional homestead and we dissected a threat based zone system along with identifying what/how the threat could move and observe in our immediate Area of Operations (AO).  The zone system is … Continue reading

Posted in Defensive Measures, General Info, Hardening the Homestead, Security Planning, Terrain and AO Development | Leave a comment

Defense: Homestead Case Study – Back to Terrain Pt.1

I know a lot of you have been waiting for this and I’ve gotten a lot of emails asking when I was going to get into the nuts and bolts of building a homestead defense plan.  This is going to … Continue reading

Posted in Defensive Measures, Hardening the Homestead, Security Planning, Terrain and AO Development, Threat Analysis | Leave a comment

Building Tribe: The Rule of Law vs. The Rule of Honor

In the last entry I posed a question – “What good is our Micro Republic without law?”.  In this entry I’ll discuss the rule of law vs. the rule of honor.  A concept in the prepper community is a world … Continue reading

Posted in Building and Developing Tribe, Security Planning, Terrain and AO Development | Leave a comment

Building Tribe: Someone’s Gotta Be In Charge

I’ve delved into Tribal Politics a bit with the blog and with this entry I’m going to take it one step further.  Let’s say all hell has broken loose.  The shit has really hit the fan.  It’s a few weeks … Continue reading

Posted in Building and Developing Tribe, Security Planning, Terrain and AO Development | Leave a comment