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The Red Teamer’s Bookshelf

I recently asked the RTJ team to recommend the influential books they think the well-informed red teamer should read. I intended to create a top-ten list, but with so many good suggestions, I decided to go with them all. I invite RTJ readers to comment, critique, and chime in. Do you agree or disagree? What are we missing?

So, without further introduction, here’s the list:

Allison and Zelikow (1971, 1999), Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (2nd Edition).

Ariely (2008), Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.

Cialdini (2006, revised edition), Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Collins Business Essentials).

Cohen and Gooch (1990, 2005), Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War.

Defense Science Board Task Force on the Role and Status of DoD Red Teaming Activities (2003), Final Report.

Dorner (1997), The Logic Of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations.

Fishbein and Treverton (2004), “Rethinking ‘Alternative Analysis’ to Address Transnational Threats,” Occasional Papers: Volume 3, Number 2, Sherman Kent Center.

Grabo (2004), Anticipating Surprise: Analysis for Strategic Warning.

Gladwell (2005), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.

Heuer (1999), Psychology of Intelligence Analysis.

Kam (1988), Surprise Attack: The Victim’s Perspective.

Klein (1999), Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions.

Klein (2002), The Power of Intuition: How to Use Your Gut Feelings to Make Better Decisions at Work.

Luttwak (1968), Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook.

Luttwak (1987, 2002), Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace, Revised and Enlarged Edition.

Machiavelli (1532), The Prince.

Mitnick (2002), The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security.

Russell (1961), Wasp.

Sloan (1981), Simulating Terrorism.

Stoll (1990), The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage.

Sun Tzu (Sawyer translation, 1994), Sun Tzu: Art of War (History and Warfare).

The Honeynet Project (2004), Know Your Enemy: Learning about Security Threats (2nd Edition).

Weick and Sutcliffe (2001), Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty.

Whaley (1969, 2007), Stratagem: Deception and Surprise in War (Artech House Information Warfare Library).

Wohlstetter (1962), Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision.

Young and Aitel (2003), The Hacker’s Handbook: The Strategy Behind Breaking into and Defending Networks.

Zsambok, Beach, and Klein (1992), A Literature Review of Analytical and Naturalistic Decision Making. San Diego: Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Center.