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AUSA 2021: Tactical intelligence triad to breathe new cyber life into BCTs

12th October 2021 - 15:34 GMT | by David Walsh in Washington DC

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Soldiers in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) on a training exercise in September 2021. (Photo: US Army/ Spc Jordy Harris)

Cyber has been a missing ingredient in US Army planning for Brigade Combat Teams, but change is in the air.

Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) in the US Army are renowned for what they bring to the kinetic fight: namely, high-grade infantry, armour and artillery components and great expertise in employing them.  

However, in cyberspace operations, SIGINT and EW they can appear as the poor relation, easily lost amidst the growing cyberwar family.

References to such technologies for the vaunted BCTs are sparse. For example, in a 2019 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report titled ‘Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) Mobility, Reconnaissance, and Firepower Programs’, the word ‘cyber’ appears just once.

The CRS analysis quoted a stark warning from GEN Mark

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