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    Teaching a class soon and I want to talk about Pattern of Life Analysis. Lots of people talk about it, but I have not found much written. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC2005 View Post
    Teaching a class soon and I want to talk about Pattern of Life Analysis. Lots of people talk about it, but I have not found much written. Any suggestions?

    Quantico, VA
    I have seen that phrase to "Pattern of Life Analysis." Not sure what it means It could cover a lot of ground. I doubt if you will find a lot of open source material on it, but you never know. But as far as finding Criminals and teaching people how to find Criminals I used this. This is old school stuff so you would have to bring it up to the Goggle generation I guess. Everyone has 24 hours and they have to be somewhere in that 24 hours. The primary information sources I sought at the street level were Your checkbook, your date(calendar) book, and your address book. If you can figure out how people spend their time and their money you will end up with a Daily Routine and everyone has one even people who try to avoid one.


    One of my Current part time hobbies is adapting the ASCOPE model for this type of thing.....it is some really good sh** to but it is not ready for prime time yet.


    The US Marshall Service has a lot internal (secret squirrel stuff) you would probably like, so you might try as liaison with them.


    Time for another cup of Coffee.

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    Teaching a class soon and I want to talk about Pattern of Life Analysis. Lots of people talk about it, but I have not found much written. Any suggestions?
    "Pattern of life" analysis isn't new, and is just really a standard piece of pattern analysis that has long been used in the unconventional environment. Although they don't mention the term, see the '63 Undergrounds in Insurgent, Revolutionary and Resistance Warfare and the '65 Human Factors of Undergrounds in Insurgencies from SORO for examples of practical application.

    And it is still not a doctrinal term today, but it is discussed - albeit briefly - in the context of C-IED Attack the Network in a few military publications, all of which are U/FOUO. The links below take you to documents hosted on the Army Professional Forums, which require an AKO log-in.

    AWG's Al Qaeda and Associated Networks Vulnerability Analysis Workbook includes a few tips on the conduct of pattern of life analysis.

    JIEDDO's Attack the Network Field Guide - Afghanistan discusses collection on patterns of life.

    JIEDDO's Attack the Network Beta Playbook discusses how to improve collection on patterns of life.

    JFCOM's Commander's Handbook on Attack the Network discusses pattern analysis in some detail, but doesn't specifically talk about "patterns of life" (except very briefly, in the context of a TIP). But given the discussion in the JIEDDO pub above, you should be able to readily make the necessary connections.

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    Teaching a class soon and I want to talk about Pattern of Life Analysis. Lots of people talk about it, but I have not found much written. Any suggestions?

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    If your class is about Pattern of Life Analysis in the context of terrorism, I warmly recommand "Understanding terror networks" by Marc Sageman.

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