Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy

Project Expert

Micah Zenko

Senior Fellow

About the Project

A failure to comprehensively anticipate and understand emerging threats can result in unnecessary risk for decision-makers. There are evolving threats of cyber war, pandemic disease, and environmental catastrophe, adversaries are progressing toward becoming nuclear powers, and the United States no longer holds the unequivocal international standing it once did. As it stands, methods of planning and operations are insufficient to cope with a changing landscape. Red teaming is the best tool to address the gap between threats and U.S. strategic planning and operations, but it is currently underappreciated and, in many cases, ignored. My book, Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy, uses case studies and in-depth analysis to identify the best practices of red teaming, and has the potential to transform institutional structures and how leaders think. A failure to understand potential adversaries in a world of emerging threats and outdated operational plans will be detrimental to the infrastructure, economy, and leading position of the United States.