Groups within 77th Brigade

Defence Cultural Specialist Unit

The Defence Cultural Specialist Unit (DCSU) provides intelligence support to information activities. It assists the Brigade and wider Defence by building an understanding of the physical, virtual and cognitive behaviours of audiences, actors and adversaries.

DCSU specialises in the following capabilities:

  • Target Audience Analysis
  • Human Terrain Analysis
  • Geo-spacial Analysis 
  • Cultural and Linguistic Advice 

Task Group

Task Group provides the deployable framework to deliver Information Activity and Outreach (IA&O) either independently, or in support of a composite force package.

  • Division IA&O Cell. Divisional level the IA&O Cell has staff embedded to ensure IA&O is considered throughout the planning, refinement and execution of operations and in accordance with Integrated Action. 
  • Brigade IA&O Cell. This supports the Brigade’s planning and execution ensuring IA&O is properly integrated into the conduct of operations. 
  • IA&O Teams. IA&O teams operate at the battle group/unit level, but can also operate independently or with elements of specialised Infantry Battalions. 
  • Information Warfare Team (IWT). Providing the Information Activity component of the IA&O Team, an IWT provides an Information Warfare capability to the Field Army and wider Defence.
  • Tactical Engagement Team (TET).  Providing the Outreach component. The TET can support the manoeuvre commander through: directed and casual local engagement; collection and analysis of the human terrain, contributing to Monitoring,  Evaluation and Learning, tactical Civil-Military Co-operation, including identification of opportunities for long term institutional development and reform.
  • IA Training and Advisory Team (TAT). Currently a nascent capability undergoing development, the IA TAT is intended to develop and train an organic IA capability at unit level across the Army.

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Digital Operations Group

Digital Operations Group (Digi Ops) provide a specialist capability to deliver influence activity and products across a broad range of communications channels. 

  • Web Ops Team. The Web Ops Team collects information and understands audience sentiment in the virtual domain. Within the extant OSINT policy framework, they may engage with audiences in order to influence perceptions to support operational outcomes.
  • Production Team. The Production Team design and create video, audio, print and digital products that aim to influence behaviours for both the Army and external audience. Additionally, they advise on campaign strategy and propose innovative behavioural change methods.

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Operational Media and Communications Group

Primarily made up of Army Reservists, Operational Media and Communications Group (OM&C Gp) collect and analyse media content. They can deploy Combat Camera Teams (CCTs) and Communications Operations Officers to support Defence Strategic Communications.

OM&C Gp are able to support various operations, projects and functions with media related expertise including:

  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Journalists
  • Marketing specialists
  • Media minders
  • Social media specialists
  • Digital content specialists
  • Media monitoring 

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Outreach Group

Outreach Group (Outreach Gp) provides planning support to military commanders, their staff and Defence Attaché & Loan Service (DALS) personnel to enable them to deliver Outreach across the spectrum of military tasks and operational phases.

This is done through:

  • Facilitating the military contribution to partner force capacity building at individual, organisational and institutional level.
  • Enabling operations by facilitating civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) between the Force and non-military actors and the civil environment.
  • Acting as the Defence coordinating authority for support to the delivery of Human Security (HS) operational outputs.
  • Delivering a cultural property protection (CPP) capability in close cooperation with civilian authorities.
  • Contributing to cross-government stabilisation & reconstruction (S&R) efforts.

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The Staff Corps

The Staff Corps consists of around 100 Group B reservist officers who operate at predominantly chief executive, director, and senior technical or operation manager level in large commercial enterprises or organisations.  Currently the Staff Corps is made up of two distinct groupings: the General Staff Corps (GSC) and the Engineer & Logistic Staff Corps (ELSC).

A ‘Group B’ Officer organisation, the ELSC was originally formed following the Napoleonic wars.  Charles Manby, Hon Sec of the Institution of Civil Engineers, proposed the formation of a “Volunteer Engineering Staff Corps for the Arrangement of Transport of Troops and Stores, the Construction of defensive works and the destruction of other works in case of Invasion”.  Thus, on 4th January 1865, the Queen accepted the services of the Engineer and Railway Staff Corps.

In 2015, the ELSC was subordinated to 77th Brigade; since then the Staff Corps cohort has grown considerably and now boasts not only specialists in Engineering and Logistics, but also in the following areas: Technical Communications, Corporate, Stratcoms, Advertising, Marketing, Digital Commerce, Banking and Academia among others.

Group B officers provide strategic level consultancy to a variety of areas within Defence and Government.