Land Information Assurance Group

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The Land Information Assurance Group - LIAG - is a specialist Army Reserve (AR) unit, formed as a result of the Strategic Defence Review (SDR) of 1998:

'On Information Warfare... Our potential adversaries may choose to adopt alternative weapons and unconventional (or asymmetric) strategies, perhaps attacking us through vulnerabilities in our open civil societies.'
Extract from The Strategic Defence Review, 1998

LIAG is a majority Royal Signals unit within the Joint Force Cyber Group of the UK Joint Forces Command, having transferred from 11 Signal Brigade in Apr 2015.

The LIAG is a specialist and national Army Reserve unit - unlike units of the more common independent kind, which are formed by volunteers with all manner of professional and personal backgrounds, LIAG (like other specialist units in medical and communications areas) consists of professionals selected for their professional skills. This reduces the training burden on the military such that only military skills need to be provided to these volunteers - their technical skills are the main selection criteria.

It is also unusual that LIAG is a multi-cap-badged unit and has members who have served with the Royal Navy; other Army Regiments and Corps, including the Royal Artillery and infantry units and the Royal Air Force. Historically, it consisted entirely of commissioned Officers - the CO is a Lieutenant Colonel, and the unit is comprised in the main of Majors and Captains - although there are now positions being recruited for specialist Other Ranks.

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