Red Team Journal advisory board member Dr. Robert J. Bunker recently published a paper titled “Force Protection and Suicide Bombers: The Necessity for Two Types of Canadian Military Red Teaming” in the Canadian Military Journal (Vol. 12, No. 4, Autumn 2012).
In the introduction, Dr. Bunker states
This article will discuss why the use of two types of red teams–analytical and physical–to identify and then simulate “suicide bomber threat scenarios” is necessary for the force protection training of deploying Canadian military units. Red teaming as a discipline can be divided into two basic forms: (1) analytical red teaming, which is diegetic in nature; that is, based upon descriptive products and decision support functions and (2) physical red teaming, which is mimetic in nature; that is, derived from live-action and role playing-based training with an opposing force (OPFOR) deployed against a friendly military unit. These forms of red teaming are intimately linked, create synergies when utilized together, and should be fully harnessed for Canadian military force protection requirements. One of the greatest lost opportunities of utilizing red teams in the past has been the decoupling of these two very different forms of red teams from one another.
The full paper is available here.