Red Teaming for Program Managers

RT4PM introduces program managers, analysts, and decision makers to a four-step approach designed to help focus effort, save time and energy, and avoid common difficulties in using adversary-based assessments.

Red teaming or adversary-based assessment is a flexible tool that program managers use to understand threat and to deliver components and systems that achieve their mission in hostile environments. Red teaming methods apply across the full life-cycle from concept through retirement.

The Red Teaming for Program Managers Process

Step one

Successful use of red teaming begins with clear understanding of the programmatic need for adversary-based assessment. What are you trying to accomplish, and what types of red teaming can help you achieve your goals? RT4PM presents many common programmatic needs that red teaming uniquely addresses.

Step two

Specifying what your red team should do comes next. RT4PM introduces eight types of red teaming that are described as black-boxes by their objectives, special considerations, key cost factors, and common deliverables.

Step three

Hiring or standing-up a red team is not always straightforward. RT4PM examines important issues to consider when hiring or establishing a red team.

Step four

Using red team deliverables effectively can greatly enhance the value of an assessment. RT4PM introduces non-trivial uses of common red team deliverables.

Who Should Attend?

RT4PM introduces a pragmatic approach to using adversary-based assessments and will be helpful to program managers and project leads whose work must fulfill its mission in the presence of goal-directed, adaptive adversaries.

RT4PM will also be helpful to analysts and decision makers who will use red team deliverables. No prior experience with red teaming is assumed or required.

The course is offered at the discretion of Sandia National Laboratories to individuals with need-to-know.

Why RT4PM?

Of the little published work on red teaming, most addresses how to perform adversary-based assessments, knowledge and skills a red team project lead would need.

In Sandia’s red team experience many of the biggest obstacles to successful assessments have more to do with why the assessment is needed, what the red team must deliver, who performs the assessment, and how the deliverables will be used to satisfy the assessment goals.

Sandia developed the RT4PM concepts, methods, and materials as a means of communicating effectively about these issues from the perspective of program managers or others who use adversary-based assessments.

RT4PM will prepare participants to effectively use red teaming to address common programmatic concerns such as assuring a prospective design will prove robust in a hostile environment, not just in the presence of routine failures and natural disasters. The course introduces eight types of red teaming that separately and in combination address such problems: design assurance, hypothesis testing, benchmarking, behavioral, gaming, operational, penetration testing, and analytical.

RT4PM will also alert participants to common difficulties in specifying and ensuring a successful assessment such difficulties as drafting effective rules of engagement or mitigating schedule impact due to assessment activities.

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