Red Team Education

Red Team Education Element

The Department of the Army has established a Red Team Education element at Fort Leavenworth, KS. The following Red Team Qualification courses are scheduled as follows:

  • 24-005 RTMC OSD/DA – 1 April-10 May 24
  • 24-006 RTMC OSD/DA – 8 July-16 August 24
  • 24-007 RTMC OSD/DA – 19 August-27 September 24

RTQC’s are available for all DoD personnel, but seats are limited. For enrollment information see ATRRS, School Code 159E or call:913.684.4336 / 3857

A Primer on Red Teaming

Red Teaming is a purposeful approach to thinking and planning designed to enhance decision quality and improve organizational outcomes. It involves an array of tools, coupled with the mindset to use them.

Red Teaming draws upon the fields of cognitive, social, and organizational psychology; and because it is tailorable and scalable, it enables leaders to make more informed decisions in a wide array of settings and conditions.

The four pillars of red teaming are:

  1. Self – Awareness: In red teaming, the concept of self-awareness involves enhancing one’s capacity for introspection, as well as the recognition of one’s own cognitive tendencies, cultural framework, experiential shaping, and potential for biases.
  2. Applied Critical and Creative Thinking: The skills and mindsets to use both analytical and imaginative thought effectively. Applied critical thinking (analytical thought) enables red teamers to identify and defend against attempts by others to persuade, influence, or deceive them, It enhances their ability to objectively reason, draw conclusions, and make decisions. Its complement, applied creative thinking (imaginative thought), enables red teamers to imagine future possibilities, envision the possible outcomes of potential decisions and courses of action, and foresee potential adversary actions or organizational problems before they arise.
  3. Groupthink Mitigation and Effective Decision-making in Organizational and Social Settings: The ability to recognize and mitigate the negative effects of group dynamics, including, but not limited to, Groupthink and the Dunning-Kruger effect.
  4. Cultural Empathy: The mindset and ability to interact effectively with people from disparate cultures.

Red Team education

In the Red Team Qualification Course (RTQC), you will learn about each of the above pillars and how to put them into practice. The course is focused on application, but you will learn enough of the underlying theory to enable you to select, modify, and combine the Red Team tools to meet the needs of your unique organizational situation.

The 6-week course is designed to enable you to design and lead each of the four components of an effective Red Team program:

  1. People: The most important aspect of an effective red team program is having the right people. In the course you will learn how to identify, educate, and train red teamers to know the tools and possess the mindset to use them. In addition to creative and critical thinking abilities, attributes of effective red-teamers include:
    1. Being open-minded
    2. Tolerant of ambiguity
    3. Intellectually curious
    4. Intellectually humble
  2. Organizational Climate: In the RTQC you will learn the critical aspects of the climate required for effective red teaming, and how leaders in the organization can foster them. For example, effective red teaming requires an organizational climate that encourages respectful dissent and the open exchange of varying perspectives prior to decision, and the energetic support of the decision once made.
  3. Organizational Processes: In the course you will learn how to design and tailor red team processes that support and enhance doctrinal staff actions and planning processes. Red Team processes must balance the absolute need in our units to produce plans and orders in a specified format and consistent with mission timelines, while also enabling the creative and divergent thought required to solve new and unanticipated problems and defeat a savvy, thinking, adversary.
  4. Troubleshooting: Regardless of how insightful and detailed the design, people are people and organizations are complex. Fog and Friction are real. In the course, you will also learn methods to identify and debug areas in which the program is missing the mark or causing an unanticipated problem elsewhere.
  5. Tailored Courses/ Mobile Training Teams (MTT).

    In addition to the resident Red Team Qualification Courses, the Red Team Education Element can develop and deliver tailored Red Team courses at unit locations as MTTs.

    These tailored courses are typically 3 days to 2 weeks in duration, and the content is designed in collaboration with the requesting unit and based upon the requesting unit’s desired learning outcomes.

    To request a seat in a resident RTQC or an MTT, call us at (913) 684 – 4336.