‘Everything Old Is New Again’

by Red Team Journal on 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 few excerpts: Read on …

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

by Red Team Journal on 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 the wrong lessons. Read on …

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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‘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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