13 Oct 2016

Russia, Reflexive Control, and the Subtle Art of Red Teaming

“To understand the Russian approach to strategy and conflict, we must first understand something about the concept of reflexive control. Initially developed and championed by Vladimir Lefebvre, it’s a uniquely Russian view on stratagem and deception that repackages and reframes much of what we usually associate with Sun Tzu. If

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16 Jun 2015

The Cybersecurity Infantry, Part II: “Underground” Operations

In the first post in this series, I highlighted the broad utility of the sensible and timely tactical retreat. In this post, I explore the power of operating “underground.” Once again, I turn to H. John Poole’s Phantom Soldier, where he describes the challenge of fighting an adversary who operates

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27 May 2015

The Cybersecurity Infantry, Part I: Retreat for Advantage

Read retired Marine H. John Poole’s Phantom Soldier. It doesn’t matter if you’re not in the infantry; read it anyway. It will open your eyes to the Eastern way of small-unit tactics. And while you’re reading it, contemplate the manifold parallels to cybersecurity. It will open your eyes to the

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02 Apr 2015

The Red Teamer’s Top Ten Books

If might expect a red teamer’s top ten list of books to feature volumes on coding, hacking, and pentesting, you’re going to be surprised. In my view, the overarching principles of red teaming exist independent of any specific domain of application. Hence, my theme here is timeless patterns of cross-domain

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