Posted on August 1, 2019
Senior Army figures say delivering the new generation of armoured vehicles remain today’s top priorities but they must also prepare for tomorrow.
Announcing the launch of 6 (UK) Div, the Head of the Field Army Lieutenant-General Ivan Jones said: “The character of warfare continues to change as the boundaries between conventional and unconventional warfare become increasingly blurred. The Army must remain adaptable and evolve as a fighting force.”
Forces News has been told the new division will be manned by existing soldiers and specialists with no fresh recruiting or funding.
Instead, 1 Signal Brigade, 11 Signal Brigade, 77 Information Operations Brigade and 1 Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade and the Specialised Infantry Group will form the new division.
The new Brigade reflects the UK’s increasing concern over Russia’s ambitions in the Baltic states and beyond. British troops are already in Estonia but the new division could offer a different kind of support in the region. 6 (UK) Div will practise not just defensive cyber warfare but also offensive cyber activities and information ops to counter similar engagement from Moscow.
Lt General Jones added: “The speed of change is moving at a remarkable rate and it will only get faster and more complex.” The Army say the “rebalancing” of their force structures will help them compete with an enemy not just on the battlefield but also in the more hidden domain of cyber and electronic warfare.