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By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer
CAMP BASTION, AFGHANISTAN — In the wake of a Sept. 2012 insurgent attack on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, that left two Marines dead and others wounded, the Camp Leatherneck/Camp Bastion complex has undergone a security renovation that officials with the base’s force protection unit compare to a Las Vegas casino. But in addition to the concertina wire and expensive camera systems, they have a secret weapon: a think tank of a dozen young troops whose job it is to come up with far-fetched potential security threats and troubleshoot them.
Called the “Dirt Track Red Team,” this small group, named by British Brig. Rob Thomson, is the answer to “Kool-aid,” or common, thinking at the upper echelons, said Col. Peter Baumgarten, commander of Task Force Belleau Wood, the base security element.