£22 million to be invested in funding for Army cyber centres


Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has announced that UK government will invest £22m for new Army cyber operations centres across the UK.

The centres will bring in sources from an array of different areas, including open source data and government intelligence. As a result, the Army should become more competitive through all regions of its work.

Major General Tom Copinger-Symes, General Officer Commanding Force Troops Command said:

“These new cyber centres will allow the Army and Defence to transform the way we use data, at speed, so that we can compete with our adversaries in a way fit for the 21st Century.

“Combining artificial intelligence with our military analysts will help us better understand threats and exploit opportunities, in turn enabling us to get the truth out much more rapidly, quashing the noise of disinformation from our enemies.”

The centres will give the UK Armed Forces and allies an upper hand on emerging digital threats, as well as providing the Army with information and analysis 24/7.

Details on locations have not been confirmed although the centres are set to be launched in 2020.

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