Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy

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Basic Books, Nov 3, 2015 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
Essential reading for business leaders and policymakers, an in-depth investigation of red teaming, the practice of inhabiting the perspective of potential competitors to gain a strategic advantage

Red teaming. The concept is as old as the Devil's Advocate, the eleventh-century Vatican official charged with discrediting candidates for sainthood. Today, red teams are used widely in both the public and the private sector by those seeking to better understand the interests, intentions, and capabilities of institutional rivals. In the right circumstances, red teams can yield impressive results, giving businesses an edge over their competition, poking holes in vital intelligence estimates, and troubleshooting dangerous military missions long before boots are on the ground. But not all red teams are created equal; indeed, some cause more damage than they prevent. Drawing on a fascinating range of case studies, Red Team shows not only how to create and empower red teams, but also what to do with the information they produce.

In this vivid, deeply-informed account, national security expert Micah Zenko provides the definitive book on this important strategy -- full of vital insights for decision makers of all kinds.
 

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Zenko, a security expert and fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains, in absorbing detail, the value of red teams, groups formed to act as devil’s advocates. While red teams are ... Read full review

Contents

ONE BEST PRACTICES IN RED TEAMING
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MODERN MILITARY RED TEAMING
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INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY RED TEAMING
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HOMELAND SECURITY RED TEAMING
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PRIVATESECTOR RED TEAMING
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SIX MODESTY MISIMPRESSIONS AND THE FUTURE OF RED TEAMING
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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NOTES
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INDEX
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Micah Zenko is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in New York.

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