1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade

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1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade
Insigne du 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade (1 ISR Bde).svg
Brigade badge
Active1 September 2014 – present
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch British Army
TypeIntelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Size
  • 19 units (10 regular and 9 reserve)
  • 3,300 regular and 3,000 reservist personnel
Part of6th UK Division.[1]
HeadquartersTrenchard Lines, Upavon
EquipmentWeapon Locating Radar
Watchkeeper
Website1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade
Commanders
Current
commander
Brigadier Julian N.E. Buczacki [2]

1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade (1 ISR Bde) of the British Army was created as part of the Army 2020 reforms. Falling then under Force Troops Command it became operational on 1 September 2014 and has responsibility for all British Army ISR capabilities including electronic warfare and signals intelligence; Weapon Locating Radar and other technical surveillance equipment; surveillance and target acquisition patrols; and unmanned aerial systems. It is intended to be able to deploy tailored ISR Groups to support deployments.[3] It is now a component of 6th UK Division.

Composition[edit]

Under its headquarters at Upavon,[4] the Brigade consists of 10 regular and seven[5] reserve units:[3][4][5][failed verification] An unclassified document issued by Force Troops Command in 2019 does not mention 21 and 23 SAS as part of the brigade.[6]

Unit Role Regular or Reserve Location Note
14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare) Ground-based electronic warfare and signals intelligence Regular Cawdor Barracks
5th Regiment Royal Artillery Weapon Locating Radar, medium and heavy ground-based ISTAR Regular Marne Barracks
Honourable Artillery Company Surveillance & Reconnaissance (SR) Patrols[7] and light ground-based intelligence Reserve Finsbury Barracks
32 Regiment Royal Artillery Integrated Unmanned Aerial Systems (IUAS) Regular Larkhill To be disbanded and personnel distributed to other parts of the British Army as part of Army 2020.[8]
1 Military Intelligence Battalion Military Intelligence Regular Catterick
2 Military Intelligence (Exploitation) Battalion Material and Personnel Exploitation Regular Upavon
3 Military Intelligence Battalion Military Intelligence Reserve Hackney
4 Military Intelligence Battalion Military Intelligence Regular Bulford
5 Military Intelligence Battalion Military Intelligence Reserve Edinburgh
6 Military Intelligence Battalion Military Intelligence Reserve Manchester
7 Military Intelligence Battalion Military Intelligence Reserve Bristol [9]
Defence Cultural Specialist Unit Support to Military Intelligence units Regular Denison Barracks [10][11]
Weapons Material and Personnel Exploitation Capacity Support to Military Intelligence units Regular
Land Intelligence Fusion Centre Intelligence reachback Regular Denison Barracks [10]
Specialist Group Military Intelligence Professional augmentation to intelligence capacities Reserve Denison Barracks
21 (Artists) (Reserve) SAS Regiment Human, Environment, Reconnaissance and Analysis patrols Reserve Regent's Park Barracks [12][13][14]
23 (Reserve) SAS Regiment Human, Environment, Reconnaissance and Analysis patrols Reserve Kingstanding [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "6th UK Division". army.mod.uk. British Army. 1 August 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Generals December 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Jane's International Defence Review. May 2014. p. 4. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Transforming the British Army" (PDF). British Army. 12 July 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Force Troops Command: Overview and Brigades" (PDF). British Army. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Force Troops Command Handbook". Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Honourable Artillery Company". Ministry of Defence.
  8. ^ "Strategic Defence and Security Review - Army: Written statement - HCWS367". UK Parliament. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  9. ^ "7 Military Intelligence Battalion". British Army. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  10. ^ a b Robertshaw, Martin (7 March 2013). "Denison Barracks to continue as military base". Newbury Weekly News. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  11. ^ "The Defence Cultural Specialist Unit - Opportunities in the Reserves". youtube.com. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  12. ^ Army Briefing Note 120/14, Newly Formed Force Troops Command Specialist Brigades: "It commands all of the Army’s Intelligence, Surveillance and EW assets, and is made up of units specifically from the former 1 MI Bde and 1 Arty Bde, as well as 14 Sig Regt, 21 and 23 SAS(R)."
  13. ^ Army Reserve Quarterly, Autumn 2014
  14. ^ a b "1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade". www.army.mod.uk.

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