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Back to the grind, dear readers!

10 November, 2015 | The Red Team Red Queen

At long last I’m done (mostly) with surgeries for the foreseeable future. My advice is never to find yourself too close to radiating sources and explosions. Tomorrow I shall post I quick how-to for explaining why we have conflicts and militaries, for the benefit of veterans and scholars observing 11/11… including a simple way to […]

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(medical absence)

12 July, 2015 | The Red Team Red Queen

Dear Readers, Unfortunately, for the 20th time in just 9 years, I’ve been badly let down by the American veterans’ administration. As a result, my health and time are devoted to that fight at present. Sincerely I apologize that I can’t be here to present my analyses for you, my readers, because I value very […]

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The Buzzer and Putin’s Ukraine speeches

23 February, 2015 | The Red Team Red Queen

A quick look at OSINT from when the Buzzer, a Russian numbers station, has broadcast the word TERRAKOTA for the last three times – there seems to be a correlation with major Putin speeches about Ukraine. Correlation isn’t causation, and it may be just coincidence. That being disclaimed, here’s what I found in about five […]

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Why shaping fails (and how to stop failing)

20 February, 2015 | The Red Team Red Queen

“Shaping” is the military buzzword of the postmodern era. Yet it doesn’t seem to work, as anyone who’s noticed the news can tell. But why does shaping fail? What can we do to stop failing? The evidence to answer both questions is all around us, so let’s have a look. First, here’s a quote that […]

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1+2=3 (A handy tool for field evaluation of sources.)

13 February, 2015 | The Red Team Red Queen

This week I’ve been revisiting some colleagues and thus revisiting some thoughts about source evaluation. Money – Ideology – Compulsion – Ego. The classic quadripolar model of a HUMINT source’s motivations. Occasionally the shop talk centers around which sort of source one prefers: The Money men with dollars in their eyes; the Ideologues striving for […]

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Red Queen returns in December

27 May, 2014 | The Red Team Red Queen

Due to a personal medical issue that is taking longer than expected to resolve, the Red Queen’s blog shall return in mid-August.  In the meantime, you may enjoy her occasional series of espionage news and intelligence history posts on Twitter (@RedQRedT, keywords “intelligent history”).

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Unconventional Warfare is History’s Most Conventional Warfare

11 February, 2014 | The Red Team Red Queen

Having argued for years myself that today’s “conventional” military forces and ways of war are, historically, a sporadic occurrence, I’m pleased to note that Dr Max Boot has published his magnum opus on the subject of what currently receives the label of “irregular” or “asymmetric” or “guerilla” warfare but is, in fact, the “usual” sort […]

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Sochi is Misdirection – Watch the Kremlin.

7 February, 2014 | The Red Team Red Queen

The “respond with strength” dictum governing Russia’s political realm is well-known, so suffice it to say that Russia now shines forth as an example of those “disproportionate response” signs you find all over those little corners of the world where both the people and the police are fine with an angry homeowner venting frustration upon […]

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