What makes covert operations so interesting, and even funny at times, is that things are purposely not what they seem. I often find myself explaining to people that despite its ‘cool factor’, a covert operation isn’t just conducted for fun. It’s a tactical method for achieving very specific goals, and it can be expensive, risky… Read More Covert Operations – Stories From The Field
This article will cover some of the more common misconceptions I’ve encountered among non-practitioners of covert operations (mainly those who want to employ covert operators). For those interested in getting tips for field operators, please check out my previous articles, Tips & Suggestions for Covert Operators and Tips & Suggestions for SD Operators. Overt—Low-Profile—Covert I… Read More Covert Operations – Common Misconceptions
What follows is Chapter 12 of my new book Surveillance Zone. The book gives you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into the mysterious world of private-sector espionage, surveillance detection and covert protective operations. By this point in the book, some of you are bound to start asking how you, too, can get in on the action and become… Read More So You Want To Be a Covert Operator
I had a great time on SOFREP Radio recently. For those of you who haven’t heard of SOFREP, check it out. These guys do lots of good and provide great content, insights and commentary. It was a true honor to be invited on.
What follows is Chapter 9 of my book Surveillance Zone. A technology conference somewhere in Silicon Valley, 2013. The tech conference was coming along well, and thousands of attendees were busily going in and out of the convention center during their lunch break. I was on my third day working undercover and was becoming quite… Read More Lessons From The Field: Covert Operations
What follows is the Introduction chapter of my new book Surveillance Zone. The book gives you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into the mysterious world of private-sector espionage, surveillance detection and covert protective operations. Here’s where you can find it: Amazon & Kindle: http://amzn.to/2qJo9gq iBooks: http://apple.co/2qPJ9RP Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2sz6dFK San Francisco, 2015 It was still… Read More Surveillance Zone – Introduction Chapter
“Fail Often so you can succeed sooner.” —Tom Kelly. Mistakes and failures in surveillance, surveillance detection and special protective operations are things I write about quite frequently. I’ve examined them from every which way, explained how they look, discussed many case studies and talked about how to avoid them. One aspect I haven’t touched on… Read More Big Mistakes & Embarrassing Failures
OK, let’s take a fun little look at Hollywood depictions of surveillance, surveillance detection and general covert operations. First, understand that I’m a huge movie buff, so I’m not about to pour any scorn on the film industry for what it gets wrong. Movies and TV shows are for fun and so is this article… Read More Hollywood, Surveillance and Covert Operations