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Security cleared jobs news roundup: March 2024

Published on: 28 Mar 2024

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We’re rounding up some of the biggest security cleared stories of the past few weeks. In March, 600 Army soldiers took part in a war-fighting experiment in the US, the government outlined its nuclear deterrent, commandos trialled the use of huskies to supply troops and the Defence Experimentation and Wargaming Hub was launched.

600 British Army soldiers take part in war-fighting experiment

More than 600 soldiers from the British Army have been taking part in a war-fighting experiment in California. They were joined by thousands of troops from six partner nations in the US to carry out Project Convergence Capstone 4 (PC-C4).

The exercise was staged to see how the US and its international partners would fight in a multi-domain battlespace. Some of the cutting-edge technologies tested during PC-C4 have never been used on the ground before.

Brigadier Neil Budd, commander HQ 1 DRS BCT, said: “PCC4 is enabling us to develop and test new capabilities, taking advantage of new technologies and concepts that will ensure we are more lethal and net contributors to a multinational fight. It is about winning. PCC4 is allowing us to adapt in step with the emerging threat."

Government outlines nuclear deterrent

Defence secretary Grant Shapps has outlined the UK’s nuclear deterrent. The Defence Nuclear Command Paper shows how more than £200 million of government funding will be invested at Barrow-in-Furness, the home of submarine building in the UK.

Some 5,000 apprenticeships have also been announced for the next four years, as investment in nuclear skills is ramped up. BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, EDF and Babcock are among the industry partners helping the government to ensure the benefits are felt from the naval base on the Clyde to the nuclear laboratories in Aldermaston.

Mr Shapps said: “The threats facing the UK and our allies are increasing in scale, complexity and diversity, which is why our nuclear deterrent is as important now as it has ever been.  This government has always been unequivocal in its support to the UK’s nuclear deterrence, which is foundational to our national security, but also brings huge employment and skills opportunities being realised right now across the country.”

Commandos trial huskies to supply troops

British commandos have been trialling the use of huskies to supply troops with food and ammunition deep behind enemy lines in the Arctic Circle. The dogs could be used on high-risk supply runs in adverse terrain, a theory that the Commando Logistic Regiment and the Commando Helicopter Force’s Ground Mobility Troop put to the test in Norway.

Considerations that were taken into account included the distance the dogs can travel, how snow conditions affect their speed and endurance, and the planning required to navigate complex routes. Huskies can’t make quick turns when travelling at speed and can become restless when left too long on their own.

Captain Al Hunter of the Royal Marines said: "We have been addressing the threat of high tech weapons by looking at low tech, low signature solutions, like the huskies, to resupply advanced forces."

Defence Experimentation and Wargaming Hub launched

Strategic Command has officially opened the Defence Experimentation and Wargaming Hub at Southwick Park to facilitate defence experimentation. With the need to constantly adapt to new global threats, the centre will help to prepare appropriate responses.

This will be achieved through simulated scenarios and tabletop exercises, so alternative futures can be explored and the effectiveness of different courses of action assessed. This should help to bridge the gap between military doctrine, technological innovation and academic expertise. 

Lieutenant General Tom Copinger-Symes said: “The hub will be the epicentre for strategic brilliance and tactical innovation, and will enable evidence-based decisions to be made at an increased pace.”