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What is ISG?

Integrated Skills Group is a network dedicated to building skill to help individuals prepare for emergencies. At ISG, we believe that all people benefit from building skills that help protect their family and communities in times of crisis.

ISG is 100% user supported. Our goal is to bring you the highest quality content, free of distracting advertisements, and we offer monthly subscriptions for individual consultation and training via our Patreon.

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Mindset

Trust your Gut: Reading People

A tremendous amount of what we communicate is done without saying a word. We look at some of the things to look for when interacting with people.

By:
Aaron

Level Up

Triage for Responder Zero

A quick and dirty guide on triage for non-medical personnel.

By:
J. Allen

Tactical

The myth and legend of the Gray Man

While blending in is an entirely reasonable goal, we discuss why so often the lip service paid to 'being gray' sells the concept woefully short.

By:
ISG Team

Technical

Radio Communication 201: Short Range HAM Radio Operation

In this article, Drew breaks down the basics of short-range HAM radio, bands, and operations to better understand their pros and cons in the US and abroad.

By:
ISG Team

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Level Up

Intro to K9 Emergencies: IFAK Composition

Dogs get hurt, too. What you need to patch them up isn't all-too-different from what you'd use on yourself, but the differences are important.

By:
J. Allen

Mythbusting

Mythbusting: The "Carrington Event" and Solar Cycle Doom

EMP has been a boogieman for preppers and survivalists for years. Did you know it's largely outdated and based on fiction? We bring out the science. Check it.

By:
Aaron

Mobility

Building an ISG Rig 3: Land Rover Discovery II Roverhaul

The Land Rover Discovery II was a vampire of the car world, notoriously sucking owners dry with repair bills. They also had some superhuman capability off road.

By:
Aaron

Technical

Selecting a Backpack

From the mundane to the opulent, we've tested a wide variety of backpacks for sustainment, fieldcraft, and emergencies. Here are some of our takeaways.

By:
ISG Team

Mythbusting

Mythbusting: Your LifeStraw isn't good enough.

If you're looking at anything more than a stroll through the woods with reasonably clean water, you need a real water filter.

By:
Aaron

Mindset

Collecting Hammers and the Pillars of Skill Building

There's an adage in the training world; "tools for the toolbox". but are people really building a complete and useful panoply of skills, or collecting hammers?

By:
Aaron

Mindset

Collecting Hammers and the Pillars of Skill Building

By:
Aaron

Mindset

Understanding Emergencies

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ISG Team

Mindset

Special Forces Worship

By:
J. Allen

Firearm Skills

Guns of ISG: The Revolver

By:
Aaron

Level Up

CAT TQ 101

By:
J. Allen

Firearm Skills

Pistol Shooting Drills 201

By:
Gino A.

Level Up

Lines of Equipment 2: Sustainment

By:
ISG Team

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Mindset

Spheres of Violence 1: Overview

Often times, self-protection experts claim to know how to solve criminal problems, but does expertise in warfare or policing translate to violence in the civilian world? In this article, we discuss the different types of violence, the source of our training in how to fight it, and how more often than not, we're only hearing one half of the story. Join us to take a peek behind the dark curtain of reality and into the minds of violent offenders in "Spheres of Violence".

The Deep End

The Strength of the Pack

In "The Strength of the Pack", we traverse an intellectual landscape spanning 2400 years, across various cultures to pull together some common themes in functional groups. Specifically, why do some groups become "greater than the sum of their parts", while others fracture, faction, and disintegrate? Using examples spanning from Aristotle, Kipling, Erickson, and Google, we make the case that the single most crucial crop you can cultivate is trust. Join us for "The Strength of the Pack".

Tactical

The “Core Four” of EDC

There are countless posts and topics on "everyday carry", and most are written by people with only a vague notion of what it means to be useful. In this article, we discuss the primary four tools that help us overcome both circumstance, and our own physiological deficiencies... Join us for "The Core Four of EDC".

Mindset

Understanding Emergencies

Survival is a beat to death cliche. Learn why the last 30 years of prepper culture can be left behind, and a sane, rational, and practical framework to managing emergencies is still relevant today. Understanding Emergencies is our flagship work, and it's purpose is to give you a clear understanding of how Integrated Skills Group views resilence and disaster management.