UNITED KINGDOM –
The British Army has formed a specialist unit of “creative” soldiers who will be tasked with fighting wars using unconventional methods.
Members of 77 Brigade have been trained to use guerrilla tactics and will be experts in psychological warfare operations.
The Army hopes the brigade will impact the traditional battlefield using non-lethal techniques including social media to reflect the digital age.
The move is partly a result of experience in counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan. It can also be seen as a response to events of the last year that include Russia’s actions in Ukraine, in particular Crimea, and Islamic State’s –ISIS, takeover of large swaths of Syria and Iraq.
Using creative thinking it is hoped that 77 Brigade will influence the minds and shape the behaviour of the enemy and local populations.
This has led to the early nickname “Twitter troops”.