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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 two decades 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.

Contributing Editors

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

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

Emeritus Contributors and Advisors

Randy Borum, Matt Branigan, Mike Denny, Adam Elkus, Bill Hudson.