Military Capabilities

British Army rebalances major commands

31 July 2019

A new divisional headquarters is being formed by the British Army to concentrate on asymmetric and information warfare in so-called “grey zone conflicts”.

The commander of the UK Field Army, Lieutenant General Ivan Jones, announced on 31 July that the Force Troops Command at Upavon in Wiltshire would be rebadged into the new 6 (UK) Division on 1 August. The division “focuses on cyber, electronic warfare, intelligence, information operations, and unconventional warfare through niche capabilities such as the specialised infantry battalions”, he said.

The new division will have direct command of 1st Signal Brigade; 11th Signal Brigade; 1st Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade; 77th Brigade, which conducts information operations; and the Specialist Infantry Group, which will be made up of five specialist infantry battalions configured to act as training and advisory teams.

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