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    Is the UK Army 77th Brigade psy-op unit a psy-op itself? Or does it have an army of internet trollers busily tapping their keyboards and attempting to infiltrate investigative websites and forums?

    There are definitely people who populate “truther” forums to push the official narrativie line and run the “everything is faaake” ad hom

    Let’s have a look.

    There was some intelligent discussion here, when the 77th Brigade was announced to minor fanfare on January 31 2015

    Army Announces New Govt. Trolling Brigade…

    Here’s the army’s own site – where the 77th is shown to exist and recruit
    and on the application form [ho ho!] the question is asked

    PART 5: MOTIVATIONS(Extend the box as required)


    Information activity and outreach….. hmmm
    These are indeed two of the four new military pillars, as noted in this book
    Propaganda, Power and Persuasion: From World War I to Wikileaks
    Tauris, NY 2014

    I like the term non-kinetic forms of warfare as noted in this May 2017 briefing paper

    With regard to developing its information activity and outreach, SJFHQ envisions using an operating model that will eventually be delivered as a service, with the majority of funding being allocated to insight and evaluation capabilities. The challenge for any industry partner will be delivering a model that includes time sensitive capabilities, including the real-time analysis of information. Outreach to non-traditional suppliers in this space is planned to be done by Joint Forces Innovation Hub, a small group being currently establishing itself in Aldgate East.

    I have no idea whether they stick to military psy-ops, but all this ISIS/ISIL nonsense needs scriptwriting and PR skills.

    original release Just another rabbit trail?



    Interestingly, following the press release, very little further information surfaced about the 77th Brigade.
    Predictably there was some churning at DIF…
    Illuminumnuts hit the nail on the head…
    The DIF is awash with members [and mods!] pushing and defending the mainstream version of suspicious mainstream events. [go figure]

    Some written questions were asked in Parliament in June 2016 by a Northern Irish MP, Jim Shannon and answered by Defence minister Penny Mordaunt
    They are summarised here

    What does the secretive 77th Brigade do?

    The 77th Brigade is responsible for “non-lethal warfare”. Both the Israeli and US army already engage heavily in these kind of operations.

    The 77th will include regulars and reservists and recruitment will begin in the spring. Soldiers with journalism skills and familiarity with social media are among those being sought.

    The Ministry of Defence said:

    “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.”

    The 2014 British Army Journal gives a detailed description on the 77th, which was was called the Security Assistance Group at thew time, “the unit will be be focal point for levers of soft power or persistent engagement”.

    The 77th Brigade, despite media hype, is not a unit for psychological warfare. While several of the units are dedicated to psychological warfare, this is not their only goal nor the primary mission of 77th Brigade. The purpose unit is to aid in the mission of stabilisation.

    Minister Mark Francois stated that:

    “77th Brigade is the new name for the Security Assistance Group. Its continuing role includes:

    Providing support, in conjunction with other Government agencies, to efforts to build stability overseas and to wider defence diplomacy and overseas engagement;

    Leading on Special Influence Methods, including providing information on activities, key leader engagement, operations security and media engagement;

    Military capacity-building at various stages in the cycle of conflict, through mentoring, support and training, including providing training support to Force Elements to enable delivery of security assistance tasks. There will be 440 military posts in 77th Brigade.”

    According to Penny Morduant,

    Doctrine provides the philosophy and enduring principles by which military forces guide their actions. 77th Brigade uses a combination of NATO and UK doctrine including for Civil Military Cooperation, Security, Stabilisation, Information and Media Operations, as well as Peace Support and Humanitarian Assistance.

    The doctrine applied by 77th Brigade has been developed through collaboration with NATO allies, within the UK military and with other Government Departments. It will also have called on the experience and expertise of other nations and academia. The doctrine is dynamic, being constantly tested against experience, and crafted for a contemporary environment, and will therefore continue to develop as new or anticipated challenges appear.”

    Notably, 77th Brigade includes 10 members of the Naval Service (Royal Navy and Royal Marines) and 11 Royal Air Force personnel.

    Since 77th Brigade was formed in April 2015, 116 personnel have deployed on 30 exercises, the vast majority of which have been UK based; 20 personnel have deployed on four separate operations; and a further 23 personnel have deployed non-operationally as part of Short Term Training Teams to five countries.

    77th Brigade is planned to reach full operating capability in December 2019.

    The doctrine of staging events, perhaps.

    Not covered in the above article…

    Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)
    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his (a) US counterpart and (b) other NATO counterparts on the role of the 77th Brigade.
    Hansard source
    (Citation: HC Deb, 20 June 2016, cW)
    Penny Mordaunt Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

    Totally unbelievable.

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