Strike Experimentation Group

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 11th September 2018.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2017 to Question 117878, what recent progress the Strike Experimentation Group has made on building and developing understanding of the Strike concept.

Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2017 to Question 117878, whether the first Strike Brigade is still intended to be formed by 2020; and whether that brigade will still comprise of the Household Cavalry Regiment, the Royal Dragoon Guards, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, and 3rd Battalion The Rifles.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Strike concept development continues to progress and integrate insights from virtual and simulated training activities. Combined experimentation and knowledge exchange with our allies remains a significant part of the development process. The brigade recently conducted a live command post experiment working to a US division alongside French, German and Canadian brigades in Germany, testing multinational interoperability. Planning for 2019 exercises is currently under way.

The plans for formation of the first Strike brigade remains unchanged from my answer of 11 December 2017 to question 117878.

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