National Security in Three Diagrams and Six Takeaways

by Red Team Journal on 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 as they were then. Instead, we offer a summary in three diagrams and six takeaways. Read on …

Point and Pattern Red Teaming

by Mark Mateski on 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 the years carrying new ideas, tools, and concepts to the red teaming community from a range of other domains. [click to continue…]

‘Anxiety Within, Calamity Without’

August 26, 2014

For China, the 19th-century was a difficult time. Western powers exploited China’s relative weakness to extract unbalanced and humiliating treaty concessions. From the Chinese perspective, the shock was doubly troubling because these seaborne “barbarians” had seemingly mastered the art of wealth and power to a degree that the Chinese had not. As a contemporary reformer […]

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Missing Out?

August 19, 2014

If you’re not following us on Twitter, you’re missing out on way cool red teaming stuff like this: And who among us doesn’t like way cool red teaming stuff?

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‘Mind the Gap’

August 19, 2014

One of the core themes in the “Becoming Odysseus” course is that of gaps—specifically, the importance of defining the gaps between your red team, your adversary, and the real world. If you fail to understand these gaps, you risk delivering skewed findings. In extreme cases, the result might be a red team report that does […]

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The Death of Red Teaming?

August 11, 2014

Red teaming has received a lot of attention the past several years, particularly since Sept. 11, 2001. RTJ was here before that dreadful, game-changing day, and we’ve held the banner high since then. We continue to advocate for better red teaming and plan to do so as long as we can make a difference.

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Playing Games

August 1, 2014

We suspect that you, the average RTJ reader, have played a video game at least once in your life. If so, we recommend that you take a few minutes to read the following short paper by Marcus Schultzke: “Video Games and Simulation of International Conflict.” Marcus raises some timely issues such as strategic communications and […]

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What Belongs in the Red Zone?

July 31, 2014

The world seems particularly chaotic this year. We can only wonder if some good old-fashioned red teaming would have helped us avoid this state. Join the discussion and help us answer the question, “What belongs in the red zone?”

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RTJ+ and a Possible Deception Course

July 31, 2014

For those of you who’ve been reading Red Team Journal for years, you’ve probably noticed that our format and offerings have been pretty stable over time. We believe that if the content is innovative, the format is secondary … up to a point. One idea that we’ve kicked around but never launched is that of […]

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A Matter of Time

July 29, 2014

Time is often your adversary’s best friend, but is it yours? Here’s the challenge:

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