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What is ISG?

Integrated Skills Group is an organization dedicated to putting relevant knowledge in your hands. Our goal is to create a community committed to building skill, experience, and resilience starting with the individual. As Rudyard Kipling once wrote "The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack."

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Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Water in Emergencies: Swiftwater and Floods

We've discussed how to sanitize water for consumption, but what do you know about the risks associated with flooding? Real talk: This is important.

By:
Aaron

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Hard Lessons: Hurricane Florence, Part 1

Ever wondered what happens when a community takes a hurricane on the chin? Michael Jenkins shares his story... and it's not a survival fantasy.

By:
Michael J.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Bad Practice: Mission Critical Baby carrier and holster

Ever wondered why it's not a great idea to strap a gun to your baby, and your baby to your chest? Neither did we until we saw Mike Warren. Here's our rebuttal.

By:
Aaron

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Why URBEX?

Urban exploration gives us a real world laboratory to test our kit, fitness, skill, and resolve. Here, we discuss why we think it's worth the risks.

By:
ISG Team

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Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Water in Emergencies: Hazards and Purification

Water is a non-negotiable, high-use consumable. Said another way, you'll never not need it. Disasters restrict our access to clean water in a number of ways, so we have to have a plan that can stretch it's arms just a little further than circumstance. Join us as we discuss some ways to keep water clean and on hand in emergencies.

By:
Aaron

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Water in Emergencies: Swiftwater and Floods

In this continuation of our "Water in Emergencies" series, we segue from threats of contamination and parasites to the physical threats presented by floods. In addition, we discuss how to identify surface water features in the swiftwater environment and identify what those features mean if you're trapped in swiftwater or are part of a rescue.

By:
Aaron

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Hard Lessons: Urban Survival

When people talk about "Urban Survival", they loosely break into two camps: "It's not possible, bug out" and "hold down the block with your guns". Here's some real talk: There's urban collapse all around us right now, and having been exposed to a good deal of it, here are our "lessons learned" about the hard, cold reality of life on the streets.

By:
Aaron

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Urban Skills: Emergency Rappelling

Most of the time when you encounter 'emergency rappelling', the topic is from the perspective of the rescuer and geared towards mountaineering and rock climbing. But what about the person who's looking for an expedient method of egress in the urban environment? Our team took what we learned from traditional rappelling and began to look through the urban landscape for when and where you might need an emergency rappelling device for the urban landscape. Join us for "Urban Skills: Emergency Rappelling".

By:
ISG Team

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Urban Search and Rescue Codes

The X Code is one of the most ubiquitious images from disaster zones, but they're not alone... In this article, we discuss the use, meaning, and procedure around FEMA X-Codes, and explore the INSARAG's international coding system. If you found yourself in the Post-Disaster Environment, would you be able to read the signs?

By:
Aaron

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

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.

By:
ISG Team

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Understanding Emergencies

By:
ISG Team

Arms Law

Jan 31, 2019

Traveling with Firearms - On the Road

By:
Matthew L.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

Toxic Masculinity: Don't knock it 'til you try it

By:
Aaron

Tactical

May 14, 2018

The "Not in the face!" School of Violence

By:
ISG Team

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Hard Lessons: The Non-Permissive Environment

By:
ISG Team

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

The Look of Substance: Tactical Pageantry

By:
ISG Team

Tactical

May 14, 2018

The “Core Four” of EDC

By:
ISG Team

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Being mobile is the ability to adapt in an ever-changing environment.

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The Deep End: ISG's intellectual and philosophical laboratory

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A full spectrum guide to fighting for the student of conflict

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Adventure

From urban wasteland to boreal mountains, here's our "lessons learned" guide to adventuring

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Mythbusting

Slaying the sacred cows of bad information, one article at a time

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Level Up

Level up like a video game? No. Do it in real life.

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The nuts and bolts of the ISG lifestyle

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Equipment the ISG team has tested to death.

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ISG legal team's guide to firearms law

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Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

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

Jun 24, 2018

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

May 14, 2018

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

Apr 25, 2018

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.