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The Buzzer and Putin’s Ukraine speeches

23 February, 2015 | The Red Team Red Queen

A quick look at OSINT from when the Buzzer, a Russian numbers station, has broadcast the word TERRAKOTA for the last three times – there seems to be a correlation with major Putin speeches about Ukraine. Correlation isn’t causation, and it may be just coincidence. That being disclaimed, here’s what I found in about five […]

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Why shaping fails (and how to stop failing)

20 February, 2015 | The Red Team Red Queen

“Shaping” is the military buzzword of the postmodern era. Yet it doesn’t seem to work, as anyone who’s noticed the news can tell. But why does shaping fail? What can we do to stop failing? The evidence to answer both questions is all around us, so let’s have a look. First, here’s a quote that […]

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1+2=3 (A handy tool for field evaluation of sources.)

13 February, 2015 | The Red Team Red Queen

This week I’ve been revisiting some colleagues and thus revisiting some thoughts about source evaluation. Money – Ideology – Compulsion – Ego. The classic quadripolar model of a HUMINT source’s motivations. Occasionally the shop talk centers around which sort of source one prefers: The Money men with dollars in their eyes; the Ideologues striving for […]

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