The 77th Brigade

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Parent organizationUK/Army
Interestscyberwar, psyop, propaganda
Membership• Christopher Bell
• Dawn Singleton
• Paddy Nicoll
• Cristina Wade

The 77th Brigade is a British Army unit (formerly the Security Assistance Group) which became operational in April 2015 and is based at Denison Barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire RG18 9TP.[2][3]

The "Brigade" – in reality a unit slightly smaller than an infantry battalion, with a target manning strength of 448 people – was under strength by about 40 per cent in 2017, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.[4] Individuals whose expertise is in activities that contribute to the changing or maintaining of another’s attitudes and/or behaviours, and are interested in joining the 77th Brigade, are invited to contact 77x-Recruiting-GpMailbox@mod.gov.uk by email.[5]

New reality of warfare

In a November 2018 Wired magazine article, Carl Miller reported:

"Walking through the headquarters of the 77th, the strange new reality of warfare was on display. We’ve all heard a lot about 'cyberwarfare' – about how states could attack their enemies through computer networks, damaging their infrastructure or stealing their secrets. But that wasn’t what was going on here. Emerging here in the 77th Brigade was a warfare of storyboards and narratives, videos and social media. An engagement now doesn’t just happen on the battlefield, but also in the media and online. A victory is won as much in the eyes of the watching public as between opposing armies on the battlefield. Warfare in the information age is a warfare over information itself."[6]

US partner

The 77th Brigade has formed a formal partnership with the 361st Civil Affairs Brigade, US Army Europe.[7]

Social media

The 77th Brigade uses social media such as Twitter and Facebook as well as psyop techniques to influence populations and change behaviour. David Miller said that it is "is involved in manipulation of the media including using fake online profiles".[8]

Exposure

The Integrity Initiative Leak revealed the names and email addresses of some members of the 77th Brigade, and that they were conferring (if not collaborating) on various activities.[9][10]

Covid-19 psychological operations

The UK’s Chief of Defence Staff, Sir Nick Carter, confirmed live on a press briefing on 22 April 2020[11], that the military disinformation brigade is being used against the UK population during the coronavirus lockdown. When it was formed, an army spokesperson said that 77th Brigade "is being created to draw together a host of existing and developing capabilities essential to meet the challenges of modern conflict and warfare. It recognises that the actions of others in a modern battlefield can be affected in ways that are not necessarily violent."[12]


 

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