In the article, Red Team "Two Sides to Every Story," by Lieutenant Colonel John Nelson, he writes about a particular experience after becoming one of the first graduates of the
· Provides and independent capability to evaluate concepts, plans, and operations from multiple different perspectives.
· Provides and understanding of the opposition through their cultural eyes.
· Provides Independent thinkers that are able to travel throughout the Division’s area of responsibility.
· Only effective if there is a true understanding of the culture.
· Although it aids in decision making, it is still only a simulation and does not account for independent thinking of the opposition.
The experience of Lieutenant Colonel Nelson provides insight as to how read teaming was used in the war in Iraq, however without follow up information there is no way of knowing whether this process actually helped with decision making during the time in which it was used. I searched for follow up articles but I have yet to locate any as of this time.