Red Team is an initiative of the French Departement of Defence starting in 2020.
The Red Team's mission is ambitious: composed of science fiction authors and scriptwriters working closely with scientific and military experts, its aim is to imagine the threats that could directly endanger France and its interests. In particular, it should make it possible to anticipate the technological, economic, societal and environmental aspects of the future that could give rise to potential conflicts between 2030 and 2060 1).
Schuiten: “Me, the former anti-militarist, 68-year-old, I work for the army! I'm getting ready to take a beating, and it's even started” 3).
He explains why he joined: “A real intellectual challenge, the desire to open doors to possibilities, to go into unknown territory. Tomorrow's world is unpredictable, as we can see right now, we were not prepared. If I can be useful by appealing to the imagination…” 4).
Red Team's idea is based on a team called upon by the Pentagon in the 1980s, during the Cold War. At that time, authors such as Robert A. Henlein (Starship Troopers), Poul Anderson (Time Patrol) and Larry Niven (Ringworld and a scriptwriter for Star Trek and The Outer Limits) shared their vision of the future with the American Army. That work is still classified today.
The images by François Schuiten for the first session of the Red Team. The topic of this session was the new pirates (Download leaflet (19Mb)).