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from Brad Meltzer, author of "The Book of Fate"
"..The Red Cell Program is a way for the Department of Homeland Security to brainstorm different ways that terrorists are trying to attack us."
"We destroyed major cities in ten minutes..."
from A UCF Power Point Presentation
Andy Wright & Brennan McKerman, working with personel from UCF to "understand the Red Cell Program's strategic intent, needs & virtual knowledge team process. To provide access to UCF intellectual capital & industry partnership resources in modeling, simulation & training - human team performance, digital media & experiential learning to the Red Cell Program that has domestic and international impact & value to DHS & America."
"The new idea in law enforcement is to bring all of our agencies together to share information. It sounds wonderful on paper, but...when they're all working together, sure they can work together, but then they can all scheme together.
And if you have a rogue agent in one agency who meets a rogue agent in another, they're pretty much unstoppable. I gave the plot to the former head of the Secret Service and I said "what do you think of this?" And he said to me, "the scariest thing you've done, Brad. This is the next threat. The threat from within..."
Besides serving as a Naval Attaché to Cambodia and later as Commanding Officer of SEAL Team Two, Marcinko was the founder and first Commanding Officer of two of the military's premier counter-terrorist units: SEAL Team Six and Red Cell. SEAL Team Six engaged in highly classified counter terrorist missions in Africa, Central America, the Middle East, the North Sea, and beyond.
While commanding RED CELL, Marcinko used his teams' expertise as Navy SEALs to test the Navy's anti-terrorist capabilities. The result: RED CELL infiltrated supposedly impenetrable US military bases, weapons storage areas, aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, and other "secure areas". As Red Cell penetrated bases and took hostages, Marcinko's unit ran roughshod over would be defenders. Nothing was immune to Red Cell's "terrorist attacks", not even the President's jet, Air Force One.
Originally posted by Icarus Rising
Just today, the President was saying we would be hit again if he wasn't able to get the legislation he needed to allow CIA operatives to do their jobs. What does that tell you? It may tell me something entirely different. I might even take it as a threat.
a rogue Red Cell would then, by deduction, be the single greatest threat to America ever.
Originally posted by Nygdan
Given resources, sure. But without funding, equipment, or even the ability to use anything other than a cell phone to contact each other, probably not.
Thats what made al qaida dangerous. Their plot wasn't ingenious (creative though, sure), they had the financial backing to be able to obtain the equipment and infrastructure to carry out their schemes. Red Cells don't.
from The U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group
Mission Statement - AWG Conducts Operations in Support of Joint and Army Force Commanders to Mitigate and Defeat Specified Asymmetric Threats.
- Serve as the global conventional U.S. Army expert in asymmetric warfare
- Deploy, integrate, coordinate and execute battle command of AWG trained and ready forces
- Assist in identification, development, and integration of countermeasure technologies
- Establish linkages with all internal, combatant command, and national intelligence agencies
- Analyze asymmetric threats
- Observe, collect, develop, validate, and disseminate emerging TTPs
Support JTF commanders and units in countering AW threats
from Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody
"When the odds are the longest, when the enemy is toughest, when we simply must win — I know the AWG will get the job done."
from Army Lieutenant General James Lovelace
"This is an organization that ... in the planning for the long war will make its mark in multiple ways, but it will not be heralded because we will not put ourselves into the limelight. But, at the same time, it is going to have a great operational impact on the force."