Who We Are
Director, Center for Advanced Red Teaming
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Cybersecurity
Relevant Expertise: CART Director Gary Ackerman has designed and conducted Red Teaming for over a decade on behalf of a variety of government agencies and other organizations, including the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and national laboratories. He has published a compendium of his Red Team scenarios related to nuclear and radiological threats, titled Gaming Armageddon, which has been widely used within the United States government. Dr. Ackerman came to Red Teaming through his quest to understand terrorist tactical and strategic decision-making in the context of unconventional weapons and emerging technologies. Before founding CART and joining the faculty of the University at Albany, he was the Founding Director of the Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), where he also previously acted as the Research Director and Special Projects Director.
Deputy Director, Center for Advanced Red Teaming
Assistant Professor, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Cybersecurity
Relevant Expertise: CART Deputy Director Brandon Behlendorf has researched organizational decision-making among illicit actors for over a decade for a number of agencies and components within the Department of Homeland Security. Leveraging criminological insights, Dr. Behlendorf has developed Red Team scenarios related to transnational criminal organizations, radiological and nuclear security, and terrorist tactics and decision-making. Coupled with advanced analytics in network and geospatial sciences, Dr. Behlendorf's research has informed operational protocols and provided decision-support software to meet end-user needs with security and enforcement agencies. He previously served as Assistant Director for Research Development at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and was a law enforcement analyst for the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Director, Center for Policy Research
Professor, Political Science
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Relevant Expertise: Professor Asal is renowned for his work in the simulation of human conflict and contentious politics and brings this expertise to CART.
Assistant Professor, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity
Relevant Expertise: Dr. Nussbaum spent 2012-2013 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Homeland Defense in the Strategic Wargaming Division of the Center for Strategic Leadership (CSL) at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and both there and in NYS homeland security agencies has run, built, supervised, and served as a participant in numerous war games, simulations and adversary focused exercises.
Public Service Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Relevant Expertise: Dr. Steiner has participated in Red Team-related activities for over forty years, including participating in several iterations of the Global War Games at the Naval War College and preparing multiple red books for senior US Government officials, including presidents.
Professor, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity
Relevant Expertise: Professor Eric Stern has extensive experience in crisis simulations for purposes of threat and vulnerability assessment, training and exercise, planning and crisis organization development heuristics, preparedness, and active learning. This includes dozens of scenario and simulation exercise projects funded by organizations such as FEMA, DHS, DoD, NATO, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. He was the Training and Exercise Director at the Swedish National Center for Crisis Management Training for several years.
Program Manager, Center for Advanced Red Teaming
Douglas Clifford is a U.S. Army Military Police Veteran and CEHC alumnus and has participated in the development and implementation of several Red Team exercises. In his position as the Program Manager for the Center for Advanced Red Teaming, he manages CART's day-to-day operations and oversees all research assistants and interns.
Red Team Lead - Facebook
Amaury T. Cooper
Deputy Director, Global Security - Global Communities
Dr. Scott Crino
Co-Founder and CEO - Red Six Solutions LLC
Michael G. Deal Jr.
Intelligence Community Government Contractor, Red Team Lead Analyst
Director - University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies, United States Army Combined Arms Center
Lt. Col William Johnson
Deputy Director - School of Advanced Warfighting
Dr. Kathleen Kiernan
CEO and Founder - Kiernan Group Holdings
Dr. Mark Mateski
Founder - Red Team Journal
Red Team Analyst / Facilitator
Director - Red Team Index Division, Transportation Security Administration
Owner - Critical Ops LLC
Fall 2021 Interns