Don’t Miss Us on Twitter

by Editor on September 25, 2014

If you don’t follow us on Twitter, you’re missing some of our latest material, including the Tweet below as well as our Laws of Red Teaming cards and other red teaming-related graphics.

Two Articles of Interest

by Editor on September 25, 2014

Hans Mair, an RTJ reader, sent us the first. Robert Bunker, RTJ advisor, sent us the second.

  1. The Upside of Pessimism” at The Atlantic. (Note the use of the term “defensive pessimism” in the article)
  2. Violent Virtual Games and the Consequences for Real War” at E-International Relations.


Reciprocity and Degenerate Strategies

September 23, 2014

Defenders should always be aware of the possibility of the degenerate strategy, defined in gaming terms by Salen and Zimmerman as “a way of playing a game that ensures victory every time.” As a defender, there’s nothing you can do against a degenerate strategy; as long as the current game persists, the attacker will win […]

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‘Everything Old Is New Again’

September 18, 2014

We’ve dipped into the RTJ archive to unearth a little gem from August 1998 titled “The Policy Game.” Sixteen years later it appears more than a little prescient but also disconcertingly timely. Remember that in 1998 we were all riding the dot-com wave, and 9/11 was still three years in the future. Here are a […]

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‘Red Team the Whole System,’ Says Ms. R——

September 16, 2014

We’ve talked lately about the value of (1) “minding the gap” and (2) differentiating between point and pattern red teaming. It’s time to make explicit the “gap” between point and pattern. After all, if you think you’re pattern red teaming but all you’re doing is jumping from point to point, you might be learning all […]

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What Can You Do?

September 9, 2014

You might be surprised how often the issue of “gaps” should come up in red teaming but doesn’t. Yes, red teamers are human, and as humans, they sometimes fail to examine key assumptions. The problem is compounded when the red team confidently presents findings based on these hidden and unexamined assumptions.

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“Mind the Gap” Red Teaming Cards

September 5, 2014

We’re putting the final touches on the first edition of our “Mind the Gap” red teaming cards. Here’s an example from the context/scenario question set. This card should cause you to think about the gap between your context or scenario and the “real world.” For instance, if your scenario optimistically assumes that you wake up […]

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Just for Fun: A New Red Teaming Graphic

September 4, 2014

As regular RTJ readers know, we sometimes like to promote red teaming through graphics and infographics. Here’s our latest …

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National Security in Three Diagrams and Six Takeaways

September 1, 2014

Given the array of serious national and homeland security problems we currently face, we thought it might be time to revisit our 1999 scenario “Axis 2001” or our 2010 commentary “Red Team Journal, Thirteen Years On.” After re-reading both, however, we realized we have little new to add to either post; they’re as timely today […]

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Point and Pattern Red Teaming

August 27, 2014

When I launched Red Team Journal in 1997, I did so because I saw a need to define the practice of red teaming in new and broader ways. My vision emerged over time, but from the start it relied heavily on notions of convergence and cross-pollination. I think we’ve done a pretty good job over […]

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