The 2017 Red Teamer’s Watchlist (Call for Titles)


The 2017 Red Teamer’s Bookshelf was so popular, we’re going to try something new this year: a red teamer’s “watchlist”—or a list of the movies, TV shows, and videos you believe other red teamers should see. Contact us to let us know what you think should be on the list. As with the bookshelf, we’ll compile the titles and share them with you and your...

Con and Hypercon: Cultivating the Eye of the Sly Jester


At Black Hat USA 2014, I shared a diagrammatic method of perceiving what I call con and hypercon.1 A con is just what it sounds like: a state in which one actor attempts to deceive another, most often to do something that benefits the first and hurts the second. Phishing is a con as is “the big store” in the movie The Sting as is—more generally—any case in which one actor willingly...

New Monograph from Dr. Bunker


We are pleased to point Red Team Journal readers to a new monograph from RTJ advisor Dr. Robert J. Bunker. The monograph, Old and New Insurgency Forms, is available as a PDF download from the Strategic Studies Institute. Per the executive summary, it “creates a proposed insurgency typology divided into legacy, contemporary, and emergent and potential insurgency forms, and provides strategic...

In Memory of Dennis Hess Mateski (1942–2013)


Please forgive me for a rare personal post. When I was four or five, I remember asking my Dad to draw me a picture of a P-51. When I woke up the next morning, he had already left for work, but the P-51 was there on the table, finished and lightly colored. The world has certainly changed a lot since then, but I thought I’d try my hand at drawing a P-51 myself, this time on the computer. This...

Sherlock Holmes, Red Teamer


In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, Holmes explains to Dr. Watson the ability to “reason backwards,” a practice that sounds uncannily like a common form of red teaming: In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backwards. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise...


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