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Research and analysis related to the Concepts service area concerns processes, perceptions, theories, programs, and operations focusing on and influenced by threat groups, response forces, and technology utilization. C/O Futures, LLC principals and associates have extensive professional experience related to concepts development. This service area includes the following functional groupings:

  • Violent Non-State Actor (VNSA) Evolution — the tracking and projection of VNSA evolution by means of third generation gang, third phase cartel, and related models (e.g. Al Qaeda 1.0 & 2.0).

  • New Insurgency Forms —  the utilization of the criminal and plutocratic (twin insurgency) models as well as emergent spiritual, authoritarian (e.g. Chinese), and related forms for threat analysis.

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  • Five Dimensional Spaces & Operations — the utilization of advanced space-time dimensionality for operations and CONOPs development. Includes concepts related to strategic spaces, augmented and virtual realities, avatars, stealthing, cybermaneuver, and bond-relationship (disruptive) targeting.

  • Early Warning/Futures & Shaping Operations — the utilization of OSINT early warning, forecasting, alternative futures, and shaping operations (such as intelligence preparation of the operational space; IPO) to reduce vulnerabilities and threat potentials mitigation.  

  • Counter Violent Non-State Actor (CVNSA) —  the creation of counter VNSA programs and sub-programs (e.g. Salafi-jihadist suicide bomb use and anarchist counter-optical laser use).

  • Critical Infrastructure & Homeland Protection —  the creation of critical infrastructure protection (CIP) programs and law enforcement program support regarding counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, et al.

Our principals and associates also possess niche specializations and competencies related to these functional groupings. For instance, in depth work has been conducted on gang generational and cartel phase analysis, criminal and plutocratic insurgency forms, advanced dimensional spaces and CONOPS, terrorism early warning and counter-terrorism shaping operations, CVNSA programs, and public utility critical infrastructure support. Research products include the following ‘for public distribution’ examples:

Research and analytical products provided by C/O Futures, LLC can range from research notes and essays through larger monographs, customized studies, threat analysis and projections, and book length publications and anthologies. Additionally, response and mitigation guidance, as well as opposing threat group programs and doctrinal and policy support,  can be supplied. Derived from professional and research network reach back, C/O Futures, LLC also has scalability in its associates base and can draw upon additional subject matter expertise as required for specialized project taskings and contracts.

As part of the C/O Futures, LLC mission statement and operating mandate, our consulting services will only be provided to public and private entities adhering to the furtherance and protection of liberal-democratic values and institutions.

*Some authors not affiliated with C/O Futures, LLC.

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