Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

Survival Operations deals with preparation & operational security in these threatening times.

We all live in a very complex world. There are conflicts all over the globe; countries in four continents are in desperate financial straits, there are shortages of natural resources, oil, water, wheat, corn. Muslim extremists threaten us at home and abroad. The possibility of natural disasters just adds to the potential threat matrix. Our government faces perilous times and has limits on its ability to protect us and defend us against an attack.

Once we acknowledge and understand the threats we can evaluate the associated risks. What do we do when the banks close or the power goes out for days, months or longer? What do we do when the supermarkets are empty or there is no fuel for our vehicles. How do we deal with no internet, no banks, and no medical facilities? These are but a few examples of the chaos we will face when a threat materializes.

Therefore, we must be prepared to take care of ourselves, our family and friends. BE PREPARED are the operative words. Be prepared and you survive, lack of preparation puts you at risk. Under these circumstances we rely on our Basic Principles first.

Our Basic Principles:

1. Protect your family and friends first

2. Be smart, be wise, do the ‘right’ thing

3. Make thoughtful decisions that reflect the ever changing situation

4. Implement your plan with confidence, commitment, aggressive action

5. Leadership is a learned and practiced skill

6. Plan, prepare, practice, practice, practice

7. There are few moral absolutes

8. Buy more ammunition

Survival Operations Philosophy begins with the mission: Survival!

1. Start NOW!

2. Embrace the psychology necessary to survive. Establish the mental preparedness and mindset to survive.

3. Prepare for the short term first. Secure the basics. Then expand all of your supplies as appropriate. Improve all levels of food & water, equipment, weapons & ammunition, and the supplies necessary for long term survival.

4. Be frugal, save, ration, and always keep half in reserve! You never know how long you may be in a survival situation.

5. Be prepared to leave or be prepared to stay. There are always options; sometimes there are no options.

6. Skills and training makes tools and weapons more effective. Tools without skills are useless. Weapons without accuracy are worthless and a waste of ammunition.

7. There are some tools that add additional strength to survival operations, force multipliers; scopes extend your range, night vision extends your sight, communications equipment expands your intelligence, bolt cutters are a perfect ‘master key’, solar panels extend power sources and there are more.

8. Technology will be non-existent; electricity, computers, communications, banking, the news will be fiction.

9. We never have enough weapons or ammunition. Weapons provide defense or demonstrate strength. Two guns are better than one. Weapons without ammunition are worthless. A good knife is a tool and a weapon. Two knives are better than one.

10. People can be an asset or liability. Choose the members of your support team carefully. Gather intelligence on the equipment, skills, mood and ulterior motives of friends and foe. The more ‘good’ people you have the better; exile ‘bad’ people.

11. Communication is essential. Words have meaning, speak clearly with your team and be sure everyone understands their responsibilities. Use good Operations Order format.

12. Stay healthy; cleanliness is essential, exercise, and take care of yourself. Unhealthy conditions lead to sickness which in turn leads to loss of survival strength. Be safe, injuries without medical treatment are deadly.

13. Defense is essential. Prepare a defensible position and establish your perimeter. Keep watch and listen past your perimeter. Remain inconspicuous as long as possible. Show restraint.

14. Offensive action is sometimes required but only after other options have been considered. Sometime a good offense is your best defense. There are times when force is necessary. If force is used it must demonstrate overwhelming strength.

15. Have an Operations Plan with a reserve force. Then have a Plan B and Plan C. Consider what if …

16. Keep a daily log of events, issues, usage of supplies, inventory to manage survival operations and planning future needs.

17. Bartering will be a part of survival. Keep excess or unwanted food, supplies, equipment for bartering. Always trade for something YOU need. Never trade weapons or ammunition. Trade at a distance.

18. The government may have good intentions, however, in a survival situation their intentions may not be in your best interests; be wise, be careful.

19. There are few moral absolutes. You may have to exercise deadly force to protect your family.

20. Be mentally prepared.

Apply these principles with our philosophy and you will be prepared!

You will have the capacity to deal with the threats. You and your family will survive, other will not. Every journey begins with one step. Take it now!

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