MEF and MEB Red Teams: Required Conditions and Placement Options
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps 2010 Planning Guidance directs the establishment of red teams at each Marine Expeditionary Force MEF and Marine Expeditionary Brigade MEB. Conceptually, what a red team does seems straightforward and is clearly articulated in General Amos guidance however, how it executes its job is less obvious. In order to utilize this concept within MEF and MEB staffs, the following conditions must be present organizational processes that integrate independent red teaming viewpoints robust interaction between the red team and other staff sections within the organization and independence to avoid being captured by the bureaucracy. This enables the generation of relevant and timely red team input that aids decision making and influences how the organization views the problems it is facing. However, there are no accepted standards, formalized doctrine, or models available to guide future red teamers executing or commanders implementing this capability. This monograph introduces and analyzes five distinct red teaming models and proposes placement options for red teams at the MEF and MEB level. Recommendations are also made regarding future doctrine development, mission statement, red team task list, and integration of red teaming within the Marine Corps Planning Process.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics