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Gary Buck

Visiting Research Fellow

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Dr Buck is an Operational Psychologist with twenty years experience of working in the Defence and Security communities. He has been involved in UK and international security operations and has worked extensively on problem sets in the Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia. His PhD research focused on the role of psychological factors in the management of critical situations and examined different military and international crises situations. He is author of the third edition of DCDC’s Red Teaming Handbook and currently works with a range of organisations on Red Teaming and decision support initiatives.



  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • MSc Occupational Psychology
  • MA Modern War Studies & Contemporary Military History
  • PhD Applied Psychology
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Academy of Security, Intelligence & Risk Studies
  • Member of the Security Institute


Research Interests

  • Cognitive biases & Red Teaming
  • Command decision-making & decision support
  • Forecasting & surprise attack
  • Counterintelligence
  • Deception
  • Counter Deception

Dr Buck has active research interests in command decision-making, Counter Deception and forecasting. He is currently examining the role of psychological factors in the exercise of operational command by senior British Army officer in the Western Desert Campaign (1940-43), as well as developing a framework for detecting deception and forecasting surprise attack.