10 Principles of Good Red Teaming (2003) | Red Team Journal

A fine line often separates a dynamic red team from a prescripted and predictable red team. Note that the following principles apply not only to red teaming, but to wargames, exercises, and studies in general.

I like these two:

Relevance; A good red team eschews ivory-tower pretension, addresses timely issues in a timely manner, yields practical insights, and does so in a way that connects these insights to real-world practitioners.

Discretion: “Don’t give good ideas to the bad guys.”


Friendly Fire: The Risks And Rewards Of Red Teaming | War on the Rocks

A review of a really good book: Micah Zenko, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy.

The author’s wide-ranging research leverages insights and experiences from some of the foremost military educational programs devoted to critical thinking and red teaming, such as the U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth and the British equivalent at Shrivenham. Zenko also incorporates insights from other government agencies and the competitive business world. The intelligence community makes great use of alternative analysis in its estimates.


In the field

Red Team operations, digital surveillance, physcial recon, staff assessments (red teaming members of your staff) or digital warfare and intelligence gathering are sometimes performed in the field.  
Performing this on the field can be challenging and sometimes, depending on the location, dangerous. There are several reasons for performing digital ops straight on the field.

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4th ITS Tactical Muster

Last October I was fortunate to have been part the 4th ITS Muster and Skill-Set Development Excursion. Bryan Black and all the great people at ITS Tactical put together 4 days packed with instruction, skillset development and practice, and camaraderie that I haven't seen since the military.  
This year, Muster introduced a scenario-based element that attendees has to live and participate, with a pre-determined cover for status and cover for action that played into everything they did. It was amazing.


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Red Team Bookshelf - Micah Zenko, Author of Red Team

Our friends at the Red team Journal posted a link to Micah Zenko's reading list.

Mr. Zenko wrote Red Team, How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy. It's an excellent book, and a full review is coming up soon. I just finished reading it and need time to absorb the knowledge in the book.

Some of the books on his list are familiar to the readers of this blog, some are listed on our own bookshelf. Yet, some are new and very interesting. I encourage you all to go check the list.

10 Red Teaming Lessons Learned over 20 Years | Red Team Journal

I often get asked what lessons I’ve learned over the past 20 years, so I started putting together this list of 10 lessons learned over 20 years of red teaming a few years ago. Given that I’ve officially hit the 20 year mark, I figured it was time to hit the publish button. While many of these feel like concepts, vice lessons learned, I hope the reader finds them thought provoking as they formulate and execute red teams of their own.

This is a great article by Matt Devost at the Red Team Journal. The article really touches some of the best things to think about when red teaming. I like it.