The British Army on the cusp of a major transformation

Many believe that the British Army appears to be the big loser in the upcoming arbitrations in Britain following the publication of the new Integrated Strategic Review. It is true that the latter consecrates the preponderant role of the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force in the conflicts and tensions to come, and that these two armies are destined to receive the lion's share, with the force of deterrence, of the £ 16,5bn budget increase of La Défense promised by Boris Johnson in the next 4 years. In addition, the damning report concerning the obsolescence of the heavy equipment of the British Army published ahead of the strategic review by the Parliamentary Defense Committee, offers little hope of resilience in this area, while the hypothesis of the abolition of 10.000 military posts and the withdrawal of infantry fighting vehicles Warrior and part of the Challenger 2 tanks seem to be emerging in the second part of the Strategic Review which will be published next week.

From then on, it seemed that the British Army was preparing to pay the price for the strategic reorganization decided by 10 Downing Street, in part to mark the distance between the United Kingdom and continental Europe following Brexit. But an article published by the official website of the British Army, with too much eagerness since it was quickly withdrawn, probably so as not to capture the attention before the publication of the second part of the Strategic Review, allows however to consider an entirely different hypothesis, and much more rewarding for the evolution of His Majesty's land military forces. Indeed, it seems that the British Army is at the dawn of a deep structural and organic transformation, the aim of which will be to respond to the challenges and realities of war in the XNUMXst century!

The Brigade Combat Team (BCT) as an autonomous operational unit

This development will require the organization of a new form of combat operational unit, the Brigade Combat Team or BCT, in accordance with the new doctrine decided by the British General Staff a few months ago. Unlike the current combat brigades which form the battle corps of the British Army, the BCTs will be autonomous combat units having, in their own right, all the capacities to carry out all the missions entrusted to them. In addition to the traditional armored or mechanized units, artillery, or engineers, it will therefore integrate all the services capabilities which until then were controlled at the divisional or army corps level, such as air assets, intelligence, etc. cyber warfare, and even Social Warfare, as well as the entire logistics chain necessary for military action. The stated objective of the British Army is to be able to deploy a unit that is both dissuasive and fully effective, itself made up of smaller, agile and mobile units each with great decision-making autonomy on the ground to seize the opportunities that arise. available to them.

The US Marine Corps has defined a new doctrine that has many points in common with that of the British Army

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