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Red Team Journal was launched in 1997. It was designed in part to encourage decision makers to consider alternative perspectives to national security issues. Later, the focus shifted to red teaming methods. Today, Red Team Journal embraces all forms of red teaming and alternative analysis and has expanded to include business strategy and non-military national security concerns.


The mission of Red Team Journal is to

  • provide insights into national security and business strategy issues of concern (broadly defined),
  • improve the practice of red teaming and alternative analysis, and
  • facilitate a red teaming community of interest relevant to both analysts and decisionmakers.

In practice, this should allow the community to improve its ability to

  • understand ourselves and our adversaries,
  • anticipate our adversaries,
  • and adapt our strategies to better position us for long-term success.

Please note that identifying and discussing possible methods of attack is not one of the site’s missions.

Founder and Editor

Mark Mateski. As both an analyst and a manager at a number of defense and security organizations, Mark has directed wargames, conferences, studies, and assessments covering a range of topics. For well over a decade he has been a thought leader in the red teaming community and has pioneered the application of systems engineering principles, techniques, and tools to the practice of red teaming. Mark has earned degrees in political science, national security studies, and systems engineering. He is currently an executive security and strategy consultant and teaches for the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at The George Washington University. LinkedIn.

Associate Editor

Adam Elkus. Adam is an analyst specializing in foreign policy and security. His articles have been published in Small Wars Journal, Athena Intelligence Journal, GroupIntel, and other publications. He has contributed chapters to The John Boyd Roundtable: Debating Science, Strategy, and War (Ann Arbor: Nimble LLC, 2008) and the compilation Threats in the Age of Obama, now on sale from Nimble LLC. Elkus blogs at Rethinking Security, Dreaming 5GW, and The Huffington Post. He is currently a contributor to the Center for Threat Awareness’ ThreatsWatch project.

Contributing Editors

Mike Denny. Mike is a former Army officer and strategy analyst. He gained expertise in targeting and information operations while serving in leadership and staff roles during counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan. He is currently a member of the Army National Guard training as a helicopter pilot while on leave from the crowd-sourced strategy firm Wikistrat LLC. At Wikistrat he performed duties as a researcher on various strategy simulations and wargame development efforts. Mike has a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University and is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

Neal Bridges. Neal Bridges is a penetration tester with over 20 years of experience in the information technology arena and security. Neal was hand selected to build and establish the U.S. Air Force’s first cyber functional training unit and developed specialized training for thousands of U.S. CYBERCOM students on the latest, advanced offensive cyber techniques. In addition to his vast military experience, Neal has worked extensively in the commercial world in the financial, energy (SCADA/ICS controls), health care, governmental, and R&D arenas conducting in-depth and extensive penetration testing. Neal has also worked closely with the FBI to provide subject matter expertise in adversarial attack tactics. Neal consults with organizations regularly applying his experience in diverse, large-scale enterprise environments. Neal has years of experience leading multi-disciplined teams and making strategic level decisions to achieve tactical level objectives in arenas ranging from Department of Defense to the commercial sector, and is an industry leader in bringing adversary tactics to the operation execution of penetration testers through North America. Neal also shares his deep knowledge and expertise as a SANS instructor, teaching students ranging from network administrators, to experienced pentesters, to organizational leaders how to detect, protect, and defend against hacker threats in the enterprise.

Kelly McCoy. Kelly McCoy is a retired fire officer, having served 25 years in the American fire service. During his career, Kelly responded to over 15,000 all-hazards emergency incidents and served as the incident commander for several multi-jurisdictional events. Kelly was (and is) an active proponent of bringing law enforcement, the intelligence community, and fire departments together, in what he calls “layering,” to build resilient response systems. Kelly received several awards during his career and retired as Division Chief of Operations, Training, and Special Teams from an internationally accredited fire service organization. Today, Kelly owns and operates Grit by Design™, a “resilience” consulting company. Kelly holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and a graduate certificate in philosophy. Additionally, Kelly is a designated Chief Training Officer (CTO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, one of less than 70 worldwide. Kelly’s area of specialization in the red teaming environment is ‘defeating’ resilient systems, with a key understanding of public safety response and policy. Kelly has studied resilience through the University of Minnesota, the Resilience Research Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and he has completed executive track training in resilience through the University of Oklahoma.

Advisory Board

Randy Borum. Dr. Borum is a behavioral science consultant on counterintelligence and national security issues. He regularly teaches and consults with law enforcement agencies, the Intelligence Community, and the Department of Defense. As a Professor at the University of South Florida, he has taught courses on terrorism, custodial interrogation, intelligence analysis, and criminal psychology, and is author or co-author of more than 100 publications. In addition to having served as a sworn police officer for municipal departments in Maryland and Florida, he has been an instructor since 1999 with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program. Dr. Borum is a board-certified forensic psychologist who worked as a senior consultant to the U.S. Secret Service for more than a decade helping to develop, refine, and study behavior-based protocols for threat assessment and protective intelligence. He also serves on the Forensic Psychology Advisory Board for the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit and served on the Defense Science Board Task Force on Understanding Human Dynamics in Military Operations.

Matt Branigan, CPP. Matt is the president of Watermark Risk Management International, LLC, a leading security and risk management consulting company. Watermark has extensive experience serving its governmental and commercial clients in all facets of physical security, anti-terrorism, emergency management, business continuity, and homeland security. As a career security forces officer in the U.S. Air Force, Matt served, among other things, as the senior U.S. government security official responsible for security oversight of the U.S. nuclear weapons program. Prior to launching Watermark, he was the chief security officer for Brink’s, Incorporated, one of the world’s foremost risk management companies. Matt can be reached directly at matt dot branigan at wrmi-llc dot com.

Robert J. Bunker. Dr. Bunker is Adjunct Faculty, School of Politics and Economics (SPE), Claremont Graduate University. Past associations include Futurist in Residence (FIR), FBI Academy, Quantico; CEO of the Counter-OPFOR Corporation; and founding member of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) Group; consultant to the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) West; past Fellow, Institute of Land Warfare (ILW), Association of the U.S. Army; and former Adjunct Faculty, National Security Studies Program, California State University San Bernardino. He has over 200 publications including Red Teams and Counter-Terrorism Training (with Steve Sloan) and the edited works Narcos Over the Border; Criminal-States and Criminal-Soldiers; Networks, Terrorism and Global Insurgency; and Non-State Threats and Future Wars.

Matthew Devost. Matthew is a technologist, entrepreneur, and international security expert specializing in counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, risk management, and cyber-security issues (cyberterrorism, information warfare, and network security). He is best known for having founded the Terrorism Research Center in 1996 where he served as President and CEO until November 2008. Mr. Devost has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs as an expert on terrorism and information warfare. In addition, he has lectured or published for the National Defense University; the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement Communities; the Swedish, Australian and New Zealand governments; Georgetown University; American University; and George Washington University. His work appears in a number of books, magazines, academic journals, and conference proceedings. You can read his blog and full bio at

Mr. Bill Hudson. Bill is founder of The ProExporter Network®, a consulting company to U.S. and world agribusinesses, including some 150 grain companies, railroads, processors, seed companies, fertilizer companies, agricultural banks, and commodity associations. Mr. Hudson is a native to Kansas City and graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in mathematics, history, and English. He began his career with the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque before moving to agriculture in the 1970s, where he became Senior Vice President of The Andersons of Ohio in the 1980s. Mr. Hudson served on various national panels, including the USDA’s Users Advisory Board for Research and Extension and the DOE’s 1981 Biomass Energy Panel chaired by David Pimentel of Cornell. He has written several books on the commercial aspects of agricultural economics and forecasting, and has also contributed numerous scholarly articles on global food and population trends for books edited by David Pimentel, Julian Simon, and others. In 2001, the National Grain and Feed Association called on Mr. Hudson to present extended evidence on the role of world trade in American agriculture to the staffs of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Mr. Hudson also consulted directly to the Chief Economist of USDA on publications concerning the structure of world agriculture and the influence of the World Trade Organization, and he also consulted to NASA’s Space Remote Sensing Center on the development of a satellite-based Geographical Information System for analyzing details of agricultural land use and grain origination areas for commercial agribusinesses such as elevators and processors.