RED TEAMING

Tuesday December 20, 2005

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

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army allows Reserve Officers to resign (USAT | EB)
  • National Guard Soldiers to receive recognition (NYDN | EB)
  • Iraqi army to get leadership academy (AT)
  • Two 1st Cavalry brigades going back to Iraq (ARNEWS)
  • New Counter-IED lanes train troops in Kuwait (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • The Defense Department plans to reduce the number of U.S. troops (WP | EB)
  • Early vote totals show disappointing results for secular party (MSNBC)
  • Opinion: 'A war without heroes?' (WS | EB)
  • Iraqi security forces mistakenly released Al-Zarqawi (CNN)
  • Sunnis unhappy with election results (ABC News)
  • Compromise on Patriot Act challenges politicians (FN)
  • Analysis of the election and what is to come in Iraq (USN)
  • President rallies for support for Iraq war (CSM)

OF INTEREST

  • Editorial: 'Myth, error and terror' (WT)
  • Investigation by Pentagon over media policies in Iraq (NPR)
  • U.S. doctrine moves in a new direction (CSM)
  • Opinion: 'President puts emphasis on the wrong war ' (USAT)
  • What international media is saying about Iraqi elections (SLATE)
  • Veteran charity under scrutiny (TT)

WORLD VIEW

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Events

American Experience on PBS - Patriots Day

Thursday, December 22, 8:00pm EST (see local PBS listing )

More than two centuries later, they're still fighting. This program looks behind the scenes at the everyday Americans who annually re-create the famous Revolutionary battle of Lexington and Concord, then return to their lives as engineers, dentists, bankers.

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Just as it was for the Greatest Generation, our Soldiers are the centerpiece of our formation. They are the key to our success in every mission we execute. They are highly trained and motivated and ready to take the fight to the enemy. In the streets of Baghdad, the mountains of Afghanistan and locations around the world, our Soldiers are helping to stand-up model democratic societies which will ensure the safety and security of our world for the next 60 years and beyond.
-SMA Remarks for 96th Infantry Division

Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the Army

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