LAND SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCE
Over the coming months we will transition into the Land Special Operations Force. By restructuring 6th (United Kingdom) Division elements within the Field Army, we can elevate Land Special Operations and Specialist Capabilities, including Information Operations outputs to the component level. This enables smarter task-organisation - the power of combinations, and exploits the Field Army’s broad connectivity and access to multi-domain capabilities.
As the Chief of the General Staff outlined at DSEI 23, the Army Special Operations Force will be offered to NATO for the first time, and meets the Chief of Defence Staff direction that single services conduct special operations.
This transition brings exciting and real opportunities, and reflects the critical contribution to Defence of information warfare and special operations partnering. Both have been proven on operations during the past two years and are vital capabilities within the new structure. This elevation and centralisation of specialist capabilities means the British Army can better and more quickly understand emerging requirements faced by Defence and adapt and respond to them faster.
Scalable, integrated capability
6th (United Kingdom) Division brings together a number of specialists with the skills required to help develop and deliver operations at home and abroad. It provides the British Army's asymmetric edge. It orchestrates intelligence, information and partner operations and conducts cyber and electronic warfare activities.
6th (United Kingdom) Division commands and coheres the effects of the Army Special Operations Brigade, with the Ranger Regiment at its heart, and 77th Brigade, an engine for novel information warfare.
The division also has its own integral intelligence capability which is provided by 6 Military Intelligence Battalion. These specialist formations work alongside Field Army Troops to deliver unique capabilities which benefit the Army, Defence and the wider government.