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A Short Review of Barton Whaley’s Practice to Deceive

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I received a review copy of Barton Whaley’s new book Practice to Deceive from the Naval Institute Press a couple of months ago and have been negligent in not yet sharing my thoughts with RTJ readers.       Dr. Whaley passed in 2013. I was privileged several years ago to receive some guidance from him on my dissertation and honored for him to review my materials...

A Belated Review of Stanley McChrystal’s Team of Teams

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Every month since last November, I’ve hosted an afternoon session of The Red Teamer’s Book Club. Last month we discussed Team of Teams by General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal with Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell. As seems now to be typical, the conversation during the session ranged widely, sometimes addressing red teaming directly and other times branching into related topics...

Review of Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy

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The work reviewed is Red Team1 by Dr. Micah Zenko, a Senior Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. Zenko has an impressive pedigree via years spent in Washington D.C with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Brookings Institution and his expertise related to American drone use, counterterrorism, and related national security foci. This important book represents a five...

Book Review: ‘Field Command’ by Charles ‘Sid’ Heal

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When my friend and associate Charles “Sid” Heal mentioned to me that his new book Field Command had been published, I was immediately interested in obtaining a copy of this much anticipated work. Sid is one of those rare individuals, of whom I have met only a few in my life, who is akin to the old heroic warrior archetype of, say, a Hector or a Ulysses. Luckily for us, that old warrior also holds...

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