Groups within 77th Brigade
Task Group provides the deployable framework to deliver Information Activity and Outreach (IA&O) either independently, or in support of a composite force package. It is formed predominantly of regulars and is ready to deploy at short-notice.
- 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.
Primarily made up of Army Reservists and Specialists, Information Activities Group (IAG) collects, analyses and produces media content across a broad range of channels. IAG challenges conventional thinking and offers novel and contemporary perspectives to the Information Environment. They understand advise on and shape narratives. They also offer support to Defence Strategic Communications in media, cultural and narrative understanding.
IAG offers a specialist capability to deliver influence activity and products across the digital and physical domain.
- 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.
IAG recruit specialisms from the following broad areas:
- Photography, Videography & Post-production
- Journalism & Writing
- Marketing & Communication
- Media relations
- Social media, Digital content & online influence
- Information Technology/AI
- Academia & Research (information/mis-information)
- Media monitoring & analysis
- Measurement & Evaluation
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.
The Staff Corps (ELSC) consists of around 120 ‘Group B Reserve’ officers who operate at predominantly chief executive, director, and senior technical or operation manager level in large commercial enterprises or organisations in the private and public sectors.
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 attached to 77th Brigade for administrative, logistical and co-ordination purposes; although it answers only to the Queen. Since then it has changed its name to the Staff Corps to reflect its widening areas of specialty and expertise. The 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. These officers provide strategic level consultancy to a variety of areas within Defence and Government and were heavily involved in supporting OP RESCRIPT, the Govt’s response to Covid.
The Staff Corps also has attached 40 General Service Corps (GSC) Group B officers who form the Specialist Mentoring & Coaching Group (SMCG). These deep subject matter experts offer coaching and mentoring to the Brigade in areas not usually found within the Field Army or Support Arms.