Category Archives: Operational Secrecy

Alternate Uses of MRE Components

MREWhile MRE’s are normally used for food, that are several components that do have other uses than their intended ones.

MRE toilet paper can be used to start a fire.

Tabasco Sauce – A friend, who spent several tours overseas in special operations, said that they would rub a bit of Tabasco sauce under their eyes to help them stay awake.  He said that the effect would last for 30 to 45 minutes.  Don’t get it in your eyes.

Coffee package – While pulling security they would chew on the poder to help them stay awake.

MRE heater had several uses.

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Understanding the Uses of the Military Crest of a Hill or Ridge

We have probably all heard of not allowing ourselfs to be silhouetted against the sky when on a ridgeline or hilltop, while hunting or not wanting to be seen. In law enforcement whenever we did surveillance in the hills, we always needed to be aware of our background.  This kept us from being seen by being silhouetted against the sky.  Whenever possible you used the military crest of the hill.

Military crest is a term used by the military that refers to, “An area on the forward or reverse slope of a hill or ridge just below the topographical crest from which maximum observation covering the slope down to the base of the hill or ridge can be obtained.”  In military terms, the forward military crest would face towards the enemy. …

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Security From Electronic Monitoring, What to Look For


Today many of us are on an electronic leash of some kind, most of the day.  The most common being the cell phone, but it can be computers or video cams or even land line phone.  This leash means that we have a security issue.  Any of these devices can be used to monitor your activities.

In the old days servants made great spies, because they were around so much that people forgot about them and would talk in front to them, they became another piece of furniture.  Today we look at our electronic devices the same way.  They are always there and we don’t think about security.…

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Grey Man, Should you Be One?

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Yesterday I wrote about 12 rules you can use to preserve your operational secrecy or being a grey man.  Today I wanted to talk about whether or not you should be a grey man.  First, what is a grey man, The Grey Man is always invisible in plain sight.  He is the person who can blend in to any scene or situation without standing out, hiding his skills and qualities.

Now should we all become total grey men, my answer to this is no.  I for one have chosen not to be one, just by virtue of writing this blog and my books. …

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12 Rules to Maintain Operational Secrecy or Be a Grey Man


I have been given a lot of thought recently to the subject of opsec (operational secrecy) and have come up with a few guidelines to help you preserve yours.

  1. Keep your mouth shut, during my career in law enforcement; I made many cases because people talked to friends and relations that they trusted.  I have seen brothers roll on brother, wives on husbands.  The less people that know your secrets the better.
  2. Live in a cash world when it comes to prepping.  Credit cards and checks can be traced.
  3. Don’t order from the internet, this can be traced.  The company you ordered from always keeps a mailing list and records
  4. Don’t get preps through the mail. 
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How Far Away Can You See a Candle at Night?

How far away can you see a candle at night?

We live in a world of light, almost anywhere in the United States you walk out the door in the middle of the night and you will see lights.  They are everywhere and as a result; we fail to fully understand the question, how far away can you see a candle at night.

Because the earth is round, its surface curves out of sight at a distance of 3.1 miles, or 5 kilometers.  Now with normal eyesight our visual acuity extends far beyond the horizon.  If the Earth was flat, or if you were standing high on a mountain, you could see bright lights hundreds of miles in the distance.  …

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Operational Secrecy is an Important Subject for Preppers.


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Operational secrecy is something that most of us would like to achieve.  But in today’s world, it is much harder to obtain.  Of cause for me, because of writing this blog mine is long gone.  But I knew that before I started.  Now most of you I am sure would like to maintain some degree of secrecy.

In today’s world that has become much harder.  This Christmas I did part of my shopping over the internet.  I would go on a site and look at a widget and thirty minutes later ads for widgets would be popping up on my computer. …

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Google Earth Can Be a Great Prepping Tool

Google Earth is an interesting website that can help you with your prepping. It provides satellite views of just about anywhere on earth.  It is kind of like having your own satellite, but unfortunately, it is not in real time like the governments.  However, it still can be of great benefit to you.  You can go to and download the latest version.

First take a look at your own home or bug out location, this gives you an idea what your location looks like from a satellite.  Be aware that other people may be looking at you on Google Earth. …

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Feds Monitor Credit Card Transactions 80% of the Time


Today I am going to go on a bit of a rant; first, we have the NSA, monitoring our internet and phone usage.  Now we find out that the feds monitor credit card transactions.  A new federal agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is monitoring four out of every five credit card transactions.

This is a new federal agency.  In January of 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Rich Cordray to be the first Director of the CFPB.  Their mission statement is “Our mission is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products”. …

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Meeting Other Preppers Can Be a Problem

I have recently been asked about meeting other preppers and what the problems are.  As you may have read in previous posts, I do attend meetings in this area.  Many of them have been organized as preparedness fairs or solar events by the LDS Church (Mormon).  I have never had a problem at any of these events.  I have attended Preparedness Expos and they have been fine.  At these meeting you can blend into the crowd and maintain some degree of anonymity.  At the LDS fairs you cannot purchase items, but they will direct you where to get them.  At other events carry cash.…

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