Mark Mateski launched Red Team Journal in 1997.
His intent was to encourage decision makers to consider alternative perspectives to national security issues. Later, his focus shifted to red teaming methods. Today, Red Team Journal primarily addresses red teaming as it relates to managing and securiting complex systems. 



The mission of Red Team Journal is to

  • provide insights security 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.

Quotes from Micah Zenko

In 2015, Micah Zenko, then with the Council on Foreign Relations, published his book Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy. In the book, he mentioned both Red Team Journal, and Red Team Journal's founder, Mark Mateski:

  • “Red Team Journal still serves as the best open-source repository for helpful hints and emerging practices in the field.” (p. 215)

  • “Mark Mateski has engaged in and thought deeply about red teaming for far longer than most people in the field. Of those few others who actively study or practice the concept, he is also the most respected reference point for articulating the current state of red teaming.” (p. 215)

  • Mark Mateski “has done more to honestly evaluate and responsibly promote red teaming than anyone.” (p. 242)

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 nearly a decade, he taught masters and doctoral courses for the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at The George Washington University, and for two decades he has been a thought leader in the red teaming community, where he helped pioneer the application of systems engineering principles, techniques, and tools to the practice of red teaming. He's currently president of Reciprocal Strategies, LLC. Perhaps somewhat vainly, he likes to think of himself sitting somewhere in the middle of the spectrum defined by the opposing poles of Smiley and Samson.


Matt Devost

Robert Bunker

Emeritus Contributors and Advisors

Randy Borum, Matt Branigan, Neal Bridges, Mike Denny, Adam Elkus, Bill Hudson, Kelly McCoy.