Army Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets on land warfare in December 2020 based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.
Top tweets on land warfare in December 2020
1. U.S. Army’s tweet on Army Futures Command’s modernisation programme
U.S. Army, the official account of US Army, shared an article about United States Army Futures Command’s annual network modernisation experiment (NetModX 20) to create an outline for prospective network communication technologies. The field-based experiment event provides the basis for decisions related to acquisitions, science & technology (S&T) specifications, strategies and other requirements.
NetModX 20 aims to enhance the resiliency of the Army’s network and command posts solution and the knowledge from the event will be implemented in Capability Set 23, a compilation of capability improvements based on research and soldier feedback, which is planned to be deployed in the field in 2023.
The past NetModX events gave scientists and engineers the flexibility to experiment with different technologies simultaneously. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the current event will test only two technologies concurrently.
NetModX 20 focused on increasing the resiliency of the Army’s network and command posts.
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— U.S. Army (@USArmy) December 30, 2020
Username: U.S. Army
Twitter handle: @USArmy
2. U.S. Department of Defense’s tweet on the US and Australia collaborating to create virtual training range
U.S. Department of Defense, the official account of the US Department of Defense, shared an article about US and Australia ratifying an agreement to build a virtual cyber training range. The two countries signed the Cyber Training Capabilities Project Arrangement, which allows US Cyber Command to integrate Australian Defense Force feedback into the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE), Cybercom’s virtual training range.
The PCTE provides a combined training ecosystem, which enables cyber forces across the globe to create content for training individuals and groups. This is the first cyber-only deal signed between the US Army and its allied country.
The DOD and Australian Defense have partnered on building the Persistent Cyber Training Environment. It will be a virtual training range managed by the U.S. with input and feedback from Australia: https://t.co/UNd70OQtuh #partnerships 🇦🇺
— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) December 9, 2020
Username: U.S. Dept of Defense
Twitter handle: @DeptofDefense
3. Tyler Rogoway’s tweet on Saudi Arabia receiving approval to buy GBU-39 bombs
Tyler Rogoway, editor of The War Zone, a website providing information on defence, tweeted on Saudi Arabia being approved to purchase 3,000 GBU-39 small diameter bombs. The bombs give a wide range of standoff precision weapons capability and are pivotal for the county’s 4th+ generation fighter aircraft.
The GBU-39 bombs help in destroying enemy air defences and attacking small fixed targets in the early stages of air combat.
Saudis are approved to buy 3,000 small diameter bombs (GBU-39). That is a lot of standoff precision weapons capability. Very important for their 4th+ generation fighter fleet, especially for destruction of enemy air defenses/whacking small fixed targets early on in a campaign pic.twitter.com/HSTOnhOoy2
— Tyler Rogoway (@Aviation_Intel) December 30, 2020
Username: Tyler Rogoway
Twitter handle: @Aviation_Intel
4. UK Defence Journal’s tweet on potential of quantum radars
UK Defence Journal, a website providing British and international defence news, shared an article about how quantum radars can offer users sufficient details to detect missiles, aircraft and other aerial targets by leveraging a specific model. The quantum enabled radar technology research is being conducted by academicians at UK Quantum Technology Hubs Sensors and Timing, a collaboration of seven universities.
The radars are being mounted on top of a building at the University of Birmingham in the UK as part of an experiment to prove the detection capabilities of quantum-enabled radars. The radar technology harnesses the compact atomic clock oscillators installed within the university campus. The oscillators deliver high precision and reduced signal noise to the radar enabling the detection of miniature moving targets and drones even in chaotic conditions.
Quantum radars could provide users with enough detail to identify aircraft, missiles, and other aerial targets by specific model. https://t.co/pqihFUGhlV
— UK Defence Journal (@UKDefJournal) December 14, 2020
Username: UK Defence Journal
Twitter handle: @UKDefJournal
5. David B. Larter’s tweet on US military administering Covid-19 vaccine
David B. Larter, naval warfare reporter at Defense News, tweeted questioning the logic behind US military being delegated the responsibility of distributing Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The announcement about the military administering the vaccine was made by the US secretary of defence.
Larter noted that it would be better to entrust pharmacy chains such as CVS and Walgreens with the duty of distributing the vaccine to the masses, considering their efficiency.
Real talk: Doesn't Pfizer et al probably have a better distribution network for vaccines already in place? What is the military going to bring to the table? https://t.co/CjK9BfMwOR
— David B. Larter (@DavidLarter) December 9, 2020
Username: David B. Larter
Twitter handle: @DavidLarter
6. Military Times’s tweet on US Army creating models for autonomous military vehicles
Military Times, a website covering military news and information, shared an article on US Army collaborating with Clemston University’s research team to develop models for self-driving armoured vehicles. The South Carolina-based university’s International Center for Automotive Research will work on the research project, which will be sponsored by US Department of Defense (DOD), through an $18m fund.
The DOD fund will be utilised to establish The Virtual Prototyping of Ground Systems Center. The purpose of the project is to create virtual prototyping tools to enable remodelling of US Army fleets. More than 60 faculty members from the university are expected to be involved in the project.
— Military Times (@MilitaryTimes) December 17, 2020
Username: Military Times
Twitter handle: @MilitaryTimes
7. Military.com’s tweet on US Army’s shoot-off event for laser equipped vehicles
Military.com, a US military news provider, shared an article on US Army’s shoot-off event for choosing a manufacturer for laser-mounted Stryker vehicles reaching the final stages. The event will test the capabilities of each prototype in defeating enemy unmanned aircraft systems, rockets and mortars at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
Once the shoot-off is completed, one of the Stryker vehicles will be developed and inducted into the Army before FY22. Defense technology companies Northrop Grumman and Raytheon were chosen to develop the 50kW laser-equipped vehicles under a $203m contract.
Plans for Army's Stryker-Mounted Laser Shoot-Off Enter Final Stages https://t.co/KNCKHFiHNG
— Military.com (@Militarydotcom) December 29, 2020
Twitter handle: @Militarydotcom
8. Hope Hodge Seck’s tweet on fighters launched from supercarrier protecting US troops
Hope Hodge Seck, managing editor of Military.com, shared an article about fighter aircraft being launched from USS Nimitz, a supercarrier, to give operational and air support to US Army troops retreating from Somalia. The support provided by Super Hornets of Carrier Air Wing 17 onboard USS Nimitz enabled the troops to ward off threats during Operation Octave Quartz, which was undertaken to reposition the soldiers to Djibouti and Kenya.
The USS Nimitz arrived at the Horn of Africa in December, along with its strike group, comprising guided missile cruisers to back the troops. Around 700 to 800 soldiers are withdrawing from Somalia to evade a potential attack by Al-Shabab insurgents, even as a small unit of troops will hold out in Somalia.
Fighters Launched from Carrier Give Cover to US Troops Withdrawing from Somalia https://t.co/Sk2Qtr5orU
— Hope Hodge Seck (@HopeSeck) December 28, 2020
Username: Hope Hodge Seck
Twitter handle: @HopeSeck
9. Army Recognition’s tweet on MBDA carrying out first firing of a French missile
Army Recognition, an online magazine on defence sector, shared an article on MBDA, a European missile maker, performing the first firing of a MMP medium-range missile from the Arquus Sabre special forces vehicle. The firing was conducted as part of a firing campaign executed under the guidance of the French Army and the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA – French Procurement Agency).
The MMP system’s precision in target acquisition and the ability of its guidance system to hit a target without operator intervention came to the fore in the firing exercise held at Canjuers military camp in the south of France.
— Army Recognition (@ArmyRecognition) December 14, 2020
Username: Army Recognition
Twitter handle: @ArmyRecognition
10. War on the Rocks’s tweet on US Army defeating ISIS drones
War on the Rocks, an online platform for analysing US national security issues, shared an article about the ability of US Army forces in Iraq to shoot down or fend off Islamic State’s drones, before they could attack their personnel or infrastructure. In its prime ISIS, (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) launched around 100 attacks in a month, killing hundreds of Iraqi soldiers.
The primary reason behind US forces outmanoeuvring the drones is their previous experience in using them in the battlefield. The Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group recognised the potential of drones as a serious threat and organised counter-drone training, tactics and technology for the service’s units during a combat.
Drones were going to be the "next IED," but the Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group was a step aheadhttps://t.co/5ceAesi1Ys
— War on the Rocks (@WarOnTheRocks) December 22, 2020
Username: War on the Rocks
Twitter handle: @WarOnTheRocks