How to stay alive and survive in a war or armed conflict. Being a civilian does not preclude you from knowing how battles are fought and won, for in this way you may save your own life.
Combat Survival And Defensive Shooting - Regarding combat survival training and the defensive use of firearms a lot of myths have evolved over time that we hope to dispell thorough this series of articles.
Survival History: The Construction Of The Burmese Railway (I) - The history of the construction of the Burmese railway tells us that true Survivors know that opportunities never disappear, but just go elsewhere, with someone else.
The Smallest Possible Target Surface - In combat and shooting survival training the most important thing is to offer the smaller target area to your adversary yet, it is often one of the aspects less taken into account in combat training.
Why Not Learn To Fight Guerrillas From Vietnam Instead Of Cuba Or The United States? - Guerrilla warfare is not just a tactic or a strategy but a matter of mentality, and only those who are good as guerrilla fighters are capable of understanding it and mount effective counter insurgency operations.
Guerrilla Warfare As Survival Tactic For Feeble Nations - The invasions of France and Germany against Russia, the Napoleonic occupation of Spain, the Vietnam war and the conflict in Iraq demonstrate the great vulnerability of military superpowers thorough history.
Winning is Better than Just Competing Because it is the Basis For Survival and Power - Weapons are nothing without the will to fight; gear and equipment, money, rescue odds and even favourable conditions mean nothing if survivors lack the will to succeed.
Virtues And Shortcomings Of An Armed Population - How good is that a high proportion of citizens own firearms? Wouldn't it be against their own survival odds to take those arms away? In some countries it is preferred that almost no one has a gun at home, while in others permissiveness is the rule. What advantages could be found in those extremes?
A Survival Knife For Vehicles - All sorts of problems and even survival situations could unfold while you are travelling inside a car, a boat or an aircraft; a good survival knife could become then your best companion, but it must be of adequate design.
Tactical Rescue - What makes a tactical rescue different from other sorts of emergency operations?
Guns In The Hands Of Pilots - The attacks of Sept 11, 2001 eventually landed handguns into some pilot's cockpits. Are these guns in the right hands?
In The Realm Of Survival, Guns, Money And Plans... - There are times when surviving may mean to hide some things even from official scrutiny.
Surviving Hatred - Hatred is instrumental for performing a terrorist attack; it is also fundamental for survival.
The Nanotyrannus Weapons Family (I) - An introduction to the assault weapons system developed by The Gea Org.
Comments on simulation systems (I) - Comments and thoughts on the factors that affect simulators.
Paintball games for real combat training (I) - Comments and thoughts on the factors that affect paintball combat simulations.
Survival tips and advice: watch out for boobytraps (I) - If you want to travel to some parts of our world you should watch out for boobytraps, landmines and other dangers.
Sugar As A Natural Bactericide - Aside from being a good component of a variety of improvised explosives and an exceedingly good ingredient used to sabotage internal combustion engines, sugar can be used to produce marmalades, sweeten your tea, coffee or mate, to seal things and also help you as a first aid and medical factor.
Combat survival tips: unconventional warfare (I) - Some basics on how to survive an unconventional conflict. Tips for travellers lost in strange wars.
Military-Style Outdoors (I) - The use of military uniforms for outdoor activities has its advantages and disadvantages.
Primitive Comfort And Privacy - In order to maintain health and hygiene to minimum standards: overcrowding is not good for the health of a whole group, especially while undergoing extenuating situations such as combat, isolation after some natural disaster, while hiding, awaiting rescue and so on.
Situations in Which Laws Become Worthless - Law and order should be maintained even during emergencies of any kind, but those in charge of doing so should also understand reasonably that human nature has indeed some limits, especially when and where there is an exacerbated survival instinct.
Educate Your Ego Before Educating Others - The way in which life, business and academic requirements are shaped today puts everyone at disadvantage, and some even in jeopardy because these conditioning elements ask too much from uneducated egos.
Religion And Survival - We also should understand religion as a survival tool for perilous and dangerous situations, catastrophes and all sorts of disasters, for it is one thing that individuals can cling to whenever they have lost everything else. Religion should not be underestimated as a factor to motivate survivors.
How To Create An Effective Security Force - It is a mistake to assume that security levels could be increased just by improving the equipment of security, military and police forces.
Conflict Diamonds... Bloody Diamonds - In some regions of the world, under extreme conditions for survival, thousands of people work in slavery and infrahuman conditions to satisfy the hedonism of some and the lust for war of others.
Survival / Combat Survival / Guns and Weapons - Advice and recommendations on choosing and handling weapons.
Survival / Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Survival - Practical articles on the characteristics of nuclear, biological and chemical mass-destruction weapons, how they work and how to avoid their deadly effects. Their relationship to terrorism and pollution.
Survival / Survival Tales - Articles telling histories and tales about real survival experiences.
Outdoor Activities / Survival / Shelters and Bivouacs - How to build simple ones or full-sized, lodges, cabins and stone houses, useful for lengthy stays in isolated areas.
Combat cross training - Cross-training at platoon level is essential to develop an effective force that will operate under all kinds of circumstances.
Violence - A brief reflection on violence.
How to fight - Something to think about fighting.
How to fire a weapon effectively - Combat survival tips and advice: effective combat shooting.
Hidden fires - Combat Survival tips: how to hide a campfire.
Trapping and mantrapping - A concept about trapping and mantrapping.
Combat survival tips: don't salute! - Soldiers, don't salute!
Fire at will - Combat survival tips: fire at will, but move as soon as possible.
Combat survival tips: on audition - Uncover your ears.
Survive psyops - Combat survival tips: survive psychological warfare.
Dirty boots! - Don't let your soldiers became lazy and walk on dirty boots.
Think as your enemy - Combat survival tips: think as your enemy in order to win the battle.
Tactical initiative - Combat survival tips: how to control tactical initiative.
Let them underestimate you - Combat survival tips: let your adversaries underestimate your capability.
Wait for the best opportunity - Combat survival tips: wait for the best opportunity to shoot.
Snipers - Combat survival tips: snipers should work in pairs.
Check your gear - Combat survival tips: Check your gear before fighting or marching.
Combat survival tips: improving your aiming
Combat survival tips: on critical gear and components
Combat survival tips: not all at the same time!
Combat survival tips: don't die for your backpack
Combat survival tips: on booby traps
Combat survival tips: landmines
Adventure tips: camouflage
Combat survival tips: Officers hide!
Combat survival tips: study flames
Combat survival tips: an eye on alice
Combat survival tips: who or what is ALICE?
Combat survival tips: don't use binoculars
Combat survival tips: on evasion and escape
Combat survival tips: your opponent is not stupid
Combat survival tips: good camouflage
Combat survival tips: surviving an ambush
Combat survival tips: fire and movement
Combat survival tips: good firing discipline
Combat survival tips: silence your backpack
Combat survival tips: care with that camouflage
Combat survival tips: things you should never forget
Combat survival tips: returning to your lines
The Elastic Moral Principles Of Survivors - People living under authoritarian regimes or states of exception know all too well that moral, political and legal principles are elastic truths, flexible, used by the government to justify actions against its citizens; but this state of flexibility can be advantageous for surviving too.
The Myth of Proportionality in Retaliation - Recently, in the conflicts of Georgia and Gaza many people said that there was a lack of proportionality between the Georgian and Palestinian attacks and the military responses of Russia and Israel, but is it reasonable to expect proportionality in such cases?
The Gaza Case: Is Just Surviving a Victory or Self-Delusion in the Face of Severe Defeat? - Germany didn't perish after WWI neither it did after the allied onslaught on its soil in WWI, yet it would be hard to call that a victory; just surviving after your opponent has razed your territory can hardly be considered in any other light than a sound defeat. However sometimes after armed conflicts - typically in the Middle East and for propaganda reasons - someone states that his side has won because it has just survived but is that argument valid at least in some cases?
Palestine and Israel: Surviving Genocide or Just Exaggerating? - Certain rather nasty terms became common after the Holocaust of WWII; words like genocide and euthanasia became common in everyday language, but the fact that they have very serious undertones means that they should be used them with more responsibility than what is common today, in situations that some people want to compare with what happened during the Nazi regime, probalby to dillute their own guilt or responsibility.
The Tunnels of Gaza: Smuggling And Survival - During the recent Israeli offensive on the Gaza strip as retaliation for the rocket attacks against cities in Israel perpetrated by the Hamas terrorist organisation, a surprising number of tunnels were destroyed and a series of agreements between Israel, Egypt and the United States were set in place to fight smuggling into the strip, one of the ways in which people inside the region under blockade get both goods and weapons; however, historic experience dictates that processes against smuggling can be only partially successful at best and the activity cannot be eradicated.
Personal Defence courses - The various survival courses available (basic, intermediate, advanced and superior personal defence courses), thorough Andinia.com and The Gea Org (distance learning).
Outdoor Activities / Exploration and Expeditions - Whether your interest lies within expeditions and trips or you want to learn about different uncharted places, tricks of the trade and possibilities, start reading this section.
Geography and Outdoors / Mountains and Mountainous Regions - Detailed descriptions of some mountains and ranges of Patagonia, South America and the rest of the world that we have explored.