The vast majority of Iraqis have rejected [the terrorists] at each opportunity, as evidenced by their votes in the last election, in a number of public opinion polls, and by lining up in the tens of thousands to defend their country and participate in the Iraqi security forces and in the constitutional drafting process. (Transcript)
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
Red Teaming is an aspect of Actionable Intelligence which involves continuous analysis of the operational environment, the threat, and the cultural implications of military operations.
The Red Teaming process offers a much deeper understanding of how U.S. adversaries and allies think. It provides decisionmakers an independent and unbiased capability to challenge concepts, plans, and operations in the context of the operational environment, and from U.S. partners' and adversaries' perspectives.
Red Team members must be trained in:
- Critical analysis
- Western and non-Western military theory
- Cultural anthropology
- Cross-cultural communications
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) recently established the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies (UFMCS) to provide the training, education, and practical experience foundation to enable a force-wide Red Teaming capability. Furthermore, the 902nd Military Intelligence Group at Fort Meade, Maryland will host the Red Team Center of Excellence to provide support operational Red Teams.
Red Teaming will greatly assist Soldiers, staffs, and commanders in identifying cultural, operational and environmental factors which ultimately contribute to the production of Actionable Intelligence.
Source: AUSA Torchbearer, June 2005
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August 12, 2005
Iraq Briefing with Brig. Gen. Yves Fontaine, Pentagon Channel, 9:00 a.m.
BRAC Hearing, Pentagon Channel, 10:00 a.m.
Army Briefing on Rapid Equipping Force, Pentagon Channel, 1:00 p.m.
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