Top tweets on military and security in Q4 2019
1. Jens Stoltenberg’s tweet on NATO’s meeting with US President Donald Trump
Jens Stoltenberg, the 13th secretary general of NATO, tweeted about NATO’s meeting with the US President, Donald Trump in London. The influencer stated that NATO was adapting to various new challenges, and making progress towards defense expenditure.
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) December 3, 2019
Username: Jens Stoltenberg
Twitter handle: @jensstoltenberg
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2. James Stavridis’ tweet on Trump’s interference on military justice
James Stavridis, a retired naval officer, shared an article on Trump’s interference on military justice, signifying conflicting interests among civilians and the military. The statement was with regards to the Gallagher case, where a retired navy SEAL officer had been convicted of war crimes and demoted.
Trump intervened in the judgement and not only reversed the demotion but also ordered that Gallagher’s Trident pin be secured with him, allowing him to retire as a navy SEAL officer. The influencer added that the SEAL should have taken decisions on the pin and his acquittal rather than the President.
Navy SEALS should have the final word on Gallagher's SEAL pin. My thoughts in TIME https://t.co/tEGETa6HTc
— stavridisj (@stavridisj) November 25, 2019
Twitter handle: @stavridisj
3. Deborah Haynes’ tweet on political warfare threatening democracy
Deborah Haynes, a British journalist, tweeted on UK’s military chief, General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, warning of political warfare threatening democracy. She further added that the officer stated that this move was designed to challenge their strategic position in key regions of the world.
She further tweeted that the chief stated that modernising was not the solution alone, but how UK can react to change, step up its businesses and develop talent.
BREAKING: UK military chief warns of “political warfare” threatening democracy. Gen Sir Nicholas Carter says: “This is a strategy that is designed to undermine cohesion, erode economic, political & social resilience, & challenge our strategic position in key regions of the world”
— Deborah Haynes (@haynesdeborah) December 5, 2019
Username: Deborah Haynes
Twitter handle: @haynesdeborah
4. Nicholas Drummond’s tweet on UK’s and Russia’s military balance
Nicholas Drummond, an ex-British army officer, tweeted on the military balance between UK and Russia. This was based on the latest IISS Military Balance data for 2019 and the UK MoD’s own personal statistics from October 2019. The influencer noted that removal of 81 mm mortar from the UK numbers would leave the country with only 238 artillery pieces.
Updated UK-Russia comparison. This updated version is based on the latest IISS Military Balance data for 2019 plus the UK MoD's own personal statistics from October 2019. In terms of artillery, if you remove the 81 mm mortar from UK numbers, we have just 238 artillery pieces. pic.twitter.com/hJyQWwybeJ
— Nicholas Drummond (@nicholadrummond) December 3, 2019
Username: Nicholas Drummond
Twitter handle: @nicholadrummond
5. Sir Humphrey’s tweet on the Royal Navy capabilities
Sir Humphrey, author of the defense blog Pinstripedline, tweeted on the capabilities of the Royal Navy. He further added that the Royal Navy was among the few navies capable of deploying a Task Group, refuelling at sea whilst flying fast jets. The video shows HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Northumberland frigate re-fuel with RFA Tideforce, a Tide-class replenishment tanker, while an F35 lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The numbers of navies in the world capable of globally deploying a Task Group, refueling at sea whilst flying fast jets can be counted on fingers of one hand. The Royal Navy is one of this very select group. https://t.co/UT5E42pKG1
— Sir Humphrey (@pinstripedline) November 12, 2019
Username: Sir Humphrey
Twitter handle: @pinstripedline
6. Gabriele Molinelli’s tweet on Merlin crash landing on the Italian Caio Duilio
Gabriele Molinelli, a journalist at the New Journal, shared an article detailing the hard landing of an Italian Navy’s Merlin helicopter on the Horizon class destroyer Caio Duilio. The influencer noted that all six helicopter crew members survived the accident.
An italian Merlin helicopter had a hard landing on the Doria / Horizon class destroyer Caio Duilio. 6 onboard the helo walked out on their own, at least. It could have turned a lot nastier… pic.twitter.com/IgyHCJRGaT
— Gabriele Molinelli (@Gabriel64869839) November 7, 2019
Username: Gabriele Molinelli
Twitter handle: @Gabriel64869839
7. Ulrike Franke’s retweet on Macron’s call for a debate about European defense & NATO
Ulrike Franke, a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, retweeted on French politician, Emmanuel Macron’s call for a debate about European defense and NATO. The three scenarios included keeping NATO, Europeanising NATO, and new formats without NATO.
Macron calls for a debate about European defense & NATO. Here are 3 scenarios: keeping NATO, europeanising NATO, new formats without NATO. Spoiler: all scenarios require Europeans to do more, and none is enchanting or easy. Read more here https://t.co/hVraUfUQea pic.twitter.com/k7AJ6zMYCj
— Claudia Major (@ClaudMajor) November 18, 2019
Username: Ulrike Franke
Twitter handle: @RikeFranke
8. Jonathan Beale’s tweet on Iran’s threat to British shipping in the Gulf
Jonathan Beale, a BBC news reporter, shared an article detailing Iran’s threat to British shipping in the Gulf. Admiral Tony Radakin, a senior Royal Navy officer, reported to BBC that Iran’s threat to British shipping had not gone away.
In July, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seized British-flagged tanker the Stena Impero in the Straits of Hormuz. Tony Radakin reported to BBC that the navy would maintain an intensified military presence in the Gulf.
BBC News – Iran threat has not gone away, warns Royal Navy head https://t.co/TAeLecyDgM
— Jonathan Beale (@bealejonathan) December 17, 2019
Username: Jonathan Beale
Twitter handle: @bealejonathan
9. Mike Yeo’s tweet on the withdrawal of KC-135Rs from service
Mike Yeo, Asia Reporter at Defense News, shared an article detailing the withdrawal of KC-135Rs from service by Singapore’s Ministry of Defence. The long-range jet tankers have served the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) for two decades and have been deployed in a number of exercises and missions.
Flown for the last time in June this year, KC-135Rs have helped to rebuild Iraq, evacuate victims from the Christchurch earthquake, and assisted in various refuelling missions.
— Mike Yeo 杨启铭 (@TheBaseLeg) November 12, 2019
Username: Mike Yeo
Twitter handle: @TheBaseLeg
10. Aaron Mehta’s tweet on Iran’s missile firing at Iraqi bases housing US troops
Aaron Mehta, deputy editor and senior Pentagon correspondent for Defense News, shared an article on Iran’s missile attack at Iraqi bases housing US troops at al-Asad and Irbil.
The article further noted that Iran had developed a wide range of missiles, with some capable of striking Israel and Eastern Europe.
— Aaron Mehta (@AaronMehta) January 8, 2020
Username: Aaron Mehta
Twitter handle: @AaronMehta