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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.

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The Deep End

Spheres of Violence 3: The Universal Language

Those encouraging violence in our society are trapping us in a deadly game. We discuss the outcomes and consequences of the "Boys of Low Standing" and violence.

By:
Aaron

Mobility

Building an ISG Rig 2: The Land Cruiser

The 80-series Land Cruiser is riding a wave of well-deserved popularity right now. If you've ever considered what it'd take to rebuild one, we've got answers.

By:
Aaron

Mobility

Driving 401: Immobilized Vehicle

The vast majority of vehicle tactics courses try and directly translate military, security contractor, or police tactics for civilian use. Here's our take.

By:
Aaron

K9 Emergencies 101: Bleeding Control

Your dogs get hurt, too. Learn to apply the skills and acquire the equipment needed for everything you'll want to keep your puppers safe from catastrophe.

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The Training Mindset

Here at ISG, we talk much on the topic of “mindset” as it applies to situations - here we discuss mindset as it relates to training.

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ISG Team

The Deep End

Civil War Huckleberries

The US hasn't quite yet committed itself to a full-scale civil war, but the friction is causing smoke. Here are our thoughts on how this might play out.

By:
Aaron

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.

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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

Technical

Radio Communication 201: Short Range HAM Radio Operation

By:
ISG Team

Mythbusting

Concussions, the Silent Epidemic

By:
J. Allen

Level Up

Intro to K9 Emergencies: IFAK Composition

By:
J. Allen

Mythbusting

Mythbusting: The "Carrington Event" and Solar Cycle Doom

By:
Aaron

Mobility

Building an ISG Rig 3: Land Rover Discovery II Roverhaul

By:
Aaron

Technical

Selecting a Backpack

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ISG Team

Mythbusting

Mythbusting: Your LifeStraw isn't good enough.

By:
Aaron

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News & Events

ISG's weekly information summary from around the world. Unbiased & Uncensored.

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Adventure

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

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Equipment the ISG team has tested to death.

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Level Up

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

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Tactical

Our set's corner for building and applying the skills to outplay our enemies

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Mythbusting

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

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Arms Law

ISG legal team's guide to firearms law

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The nuts and bolts of the ISG lifestyle

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Firearm Skills

A full spectrum guide to fighting for the student of conflict

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Mobility

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

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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".

News & Events

INFOSUM: May 20th, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. May 20th, 2019. Special.

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.